Women's Alpine Scrambling Course - Foothills - 2024

Scrambling Course

Women's Alpine Scrambling Course

A course for women and those who identify as women to learn the skills needed to venture off-trail on snow and rock to reach non-technical alpine summits. NOTE: If you do not have a current Basic Navigation badge, You MUST complete the basic navigation course concurrently and earn the badge to be eligible for the field trips.

Alpine Scrambling fills the gap between on-trail hiking and roped climbing. This course teaches the skills needed to venture off-trail on snow and rock to reach non-technical alpine summits.  Scrambling involves unroped movement on and across low or moderately-exposed snow and rock terrain. This course is ideal for people who are very comfortable hiking on trails and want something to expand their comfort zone and skills. In addition to having a desire to learn rock and scrambling skills, students must have or be able to develop overall physical conditioning. The course can be challenging; however, the payoff will be opportunities to connect with new scrambling partners and friends, while learning the skills that can be used to safely travel in the wild for a lifetime.

To receive permission to register for the course, please Email the leader  to let her know A.) when you will take the Basic Navigation course or B.) that you already have the badge.  Her email can be found if you click on the name underneath Contacts.


The Mountaineers strives to serve everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We are committed to providing access to outdoor recreation, education and conservation opportunities for all members in the communities we serve. More information on financial assistance is available here

This Scramble course consists of 1 in-town workshop, 3 evening conditioning hikes (must successfully complete at least 1), 3 single day field trips, and 2 after-work field trips.

No Registration Refunds After February 14

Graduation Requirements

  • Attend all required course activities.
  • Successfully complete physical conditioning requirements. 
  • Complete the Basic Navigation Course by April 14. This is a separate course with its own fees and scheduling.
  • Complete an Avalanche Awareness Course by April 14.
  • Receive the Low Impact Recreation Badge by March 19.
  • Receive a Mountaineers' Stewardship Badge by October 31. 
  • Complete all required reading  in Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition.
  • Complete 3 successful club scrambles; 1 rock, 1 snow, 1 other (different from course field trips) by October 31 
  • Receive the Wilderness First Aid Badge by October 31 . This is a separate course with its own fees and scheduling. 

Please review the required gear list prior to signing up. These items will be covered in the first meeting. We recommend waiting until then to purchase any gear.  (If you come across a good deal before the first meeting, feel free to reach out to the course leader before purchasing.) In addition to general outdoor gear--outdoor clothing, rain gear, backpack (~30L for scrambling), 10 essentials, etc.--there are a few pieces of technical gear required. 

  • Mountaineering boots at $280-$400 for 3-season type.
  • Ice Axe at $85-$120.
  • Climbing helmet at $60-$150.

Please reach out to the course leader with any questions or concerns.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Snow Scramble
Snoqualmie Summit East
Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Registration closes Apr 16
0 participants
0 instructors
Rock Field Trip
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 9
0 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Rock Scramble
Little Si
Thu, May 16, 2024
Registration closes May 14
1 participant
3 instructors on waitlist
Little Si
Wed, May 22, 2024
Registration closes May 20
0 participants
Experience Field Trip
Bean Peak
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
0 participants
2 instructors
Malcolm & Johnson Mountains
Sat, Jun 1, 2024
Registration closes May 30
0 participants
2 instructors
Required Equipment
  • 10 Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Ice ax
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Crampons
  • Microspikes
Course Materials

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