Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course - Foothills (Eastside) - 2021

Scrambling Course

Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

Learn the skills needed to venture off-trail and reach non-technical alpine summits. This course covers the same skills as the regular Scramble Course but in a more compact time frame.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.


You must have or be registered for Wilderness Navigation to sign up for this course. Anyone requesting permission to register must already have the Wilderness Navigation badge or be signed up and able to complete Wilderness Navigation prior to May 28th, 2021.

Course Description

The Compressed Alpine Scramble Course (CASC) allows students to learn the same skills as the standard course, but with instruction taking place over one lecture, one day of rock skills, one day of snow skills and an Experience Field Trip.  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.  

While not a prerequisite, students are expected to demonstrate excellent physical conditioning, as the course may require being able to achieve 2,000 feet of elevation gain in a reasonable time with a pack in each of two consecutive days. One benchmark is hiking Mount 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.  

This course will require access to a computer with high speed internet, as lectures are conducted via Zoom and assignments are submitted and tracked using Google Classrooms.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Alpine Scrambling Lecture
Online Classroom
Wed, Apr 7, 2021
Registration closes Apr 5
0 participants
3 instructors
Conditioning Hike (optional)
Section Line Trail
Wed, Apr 14, 2021
Registration opens Mar 31; Instructor registration open now
5 participants
1 instructor
Rock Scrambling Field Trip
Little Si
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration closes Apr 30
0 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration closes Apr 30
0 participants
3 instructors on waitlist
Snow Scrambling Field Trip
Alpental Ski Area
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration closes May 6
0 participants
1 instructor
Rock Scrambling Field Trip (Backup)
Little Si
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration closes May 7
3 participants
1 instructor
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration closes May 7
2 participants on waitlist
3 instructors
Alpine Scrambling Experience Field Trip
Bean Creek Basin
Sat, May 29, 2021 -
Sun, May 30, 2021
Registration closes May 27
0 participants
2 instructors
Required Equipment
  1. 10 Essentials
  2. Climbing Helmet
  3. Ice Ax
  4. Mountaineering Boots
  5. Crampons
  6. PC or laptop with Internet access


Course Materials
2020 Foothills Scramble Student Handbook

2020 Foothills Scramble Student Handbook