Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course - Foothills (Eastside) - 2020

Scrambling Course

Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

This course covers the same curriculum of skills as the regular Scramble Course but in a compressed format.

The Compressed Alpine Scramble Course (CASC) allows students to learn the same skills as the standard course, but with instruction taking place over one half-day lecture, a full weekend (Sat/Sun), and an Experience Field Trip (Sat).  (The Foothills version of CASC does not require a lodge stay as we'll be using sites in the Snoqualmie corridor.)  You will learn safe off-trail travel in both snow and rock and how to use an ice ax in to arrest allowing you to reach the majority of the peaks in the Cascades.  

Due to the challenges of CASC, students are expected to demonstrate excellent physical conditioning – such as being able to achieve 2,000 feet in elevation gain in a reasonable time with a pack in each of two consecutive days as well as other strenuous physical activities during the field trips. One test is hiking Mt. Si in 2 hours or less with a pack carrying 15% of your body weight.  Due to the timing of this course, students should sign up for Wilderness Navigation and Wilderness First Aid early in the season. Students must complete Wilderness Navigation before the Experience Field Trip.  

Please note:  the April 25th field trips are a back up date for poor weather.  Students should hold this date on their calendars.

No refunds will be offered after February 22.  If the course price is a hardship for you, please seek a course scholarship.  More information is available here: https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/scholarship-financial-assistance

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
In-town Workshop
South Bellevue Community Center
Sat, Mar 14, 2020
Registration closes Mar 12
1 participant
4 instructors
Conditioning Hike (optional)
Section Line Trail
Wed, Mar 25, 2020
Registration closes Mar 23
5 participants
1 instructor
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Wed, Apr 1, 2020
Registration closes Mar 30
6 participants
0 instructors
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Tue, Apr 7, 2020
Registration closes Apr 5
2 participants
0 instructors
Mount Si Main Trail
Sat, Apr 11, 2020
Registration opens Mar 16; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Snow Skills
Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
Registration closes Apr 11
6 participants
1 instructor
Rock Scrambling
Little Si/Meditation Rock
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Registration closes Apr 12
2 participants
3 instructors
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Registration closes Apr 12
0 participants
0 instructors
Rock Scrambling - Back Up Date
Little Si/Meditation Rock
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
Registration closes Apr 12
1 participant on waitlist
6 instructors
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
Registration closes Apr 12
3 participants
4 instructors
Experience Field Trip
Bean Creek Basin
Sat, May 2, 2020 -
Sun, May 3, 2020
Registration closes May 2
6 participants
1 instructor
Roster
Required Equipment
  1. 10 Essentials
  2. Climbing Helmet
  3. Ice Axe
  4. Mountaineering Boots
  5. Crampons
  6. Micropspikes

 

Course Materials
Name/Description Type
2020 Foothills Scrambling Student Handbook

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