Alpine Scramble Leader Equivalency - Foothills (Eastside) - 2017

Scrambling & Outdoor Leadership Course

Alpine Scramble Leader

Anyone with sufficient experience (either within the Mountaineers, on their own, or with other programs) in scrambling, leadership and trip planning may apply for their Scramble Leader badge.

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.

To earn the Scramble Leader badge, a prospective leader must maintain current Wilderness Navigation and Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) certifications, be a current member with a signed waiver, age 21 or over, and meet the following requirements:

  • Group Management and Leadership: Demonstrated experience in leading adults in an outdoor setting with other committee's within the Mountaineer's or with other organizations and  training or knowledge comparable to the Mountaineer's Outdoor Leadership Seminar 
  • Trip Planning and Facilitation: Knowledge of Mountaineer's policies and process for scheduling and managing an activity, route selection and trip planning, participant screening, and emergency planning including risk management with contingency plans and emergency response during a crisis
  • Experience: Not less than ten scrambles with a mix of rock and snow of sufficient difficulty to demonstrate both skills and fitness (these do not need to be Mountaineers sponsored activities)
  • Instructional Skills: Familiarity with Mountaineer's scrambling curriculum and experience instructing at two of the three Mountaineer's scrambling course field trips (rock, snow or experience)
  • Technical Skills: Scrambling or Basic Climbing Graduate (or equivalent), knowledge of ropes & anchors appropriate for a scrambling environment to support a protected downclimb, crampon use and emergency bivouacs (a variety of Mountaineer's courses meet these requirements and equivalent knowledge is also acceptable, but may require a skills demonstration) 

Process: Prospective leaders should contact the course leader for a preliminary review of their experience once they believe that they fulfill or are close to fulfilling all of the above requirements.  After obtaining permission, the prospective leader will register for the course and then meet with the course coordinator to review their experience and skills in detail to identify any gaps.  The course coodinator may recommend additional experience, training, or courses to fulfill the above requirements.

Upon completion of the full set of requirements and approval of the Foothills Scrambling Leadership sub-committee, a prospective leader will be granted provisional status and given permission to lead two mentored trips with different mentors.  

The mentors will evaluate the prospective leader's skills in leadership & group dynamics, setting up & managing the trip safely, mountain sense and judgement.   Upon the positive recommendation of both mentors and final approval of the Leadership Committee, the prospective leader will become a Scramble leader.  

Permission to lead Winter scrambles will be granted separately and has additional requirements.  

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment
  1. 10 Essentials
  2. Climbing Helmet
  3. Ice Axe
  4. 30M rope (7 or 8mm static)
  5. Webbing and carabiners to build anchors
  6. Crampons
  7. Harness or webbing for improvised harness
  8. Prussik cord
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.