Alpine Scrambling Course - Kitsap - Class 3

Lecture: Alpine Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course - Kitsap - Class 3 - Paradise

Snow - That beautiful blanket that changes the mountain environment in majestically inviting ways, yet has some new techniques to mitigate risk and safely travel.

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  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

8:30 AM at Longmire

Snow is great and many would argue that it's the best medium to travel the mountains on. It also comes with a new set of risks to consider and techniques to employ. In this field trip we'll dive into the winter wonderland blanket - snow. Yes, we will literally dive in!   One of the main focuses of this trip will be how to use your ice axe to arrest in the event of a slip and fall on a slope.

During field trip we won't be doing any rope work. So, there's no need for harnesses. Although, that's not always the case with snow. In the future that is a decision your scramble leader will make for a particular scramble. 

The main group will be split into properly sized parties for Covid-19 constraints but will be working in the same general training area for safety considerations.



  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Helmet
  • Ice Ax
  • Crampons
  • Gators
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Snow shoes (Have them available so if conditions warrant them you will have them)
  • Appropriate clothing for the trip/weather  (Layers, layers, layers.  We will generate heat working  uphill in snowshoes, but there will be idle time and potentially less than ideal bluebird weather.)
  • Backpack
  • Ten Essentials
  • Water and food for the day, and possibly warm.
  • Facemask or buff
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