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.


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

This course has no scheduled activities.

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