Tiger Mountain Field Trip

Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course

Tiger Mountain Field Trip - West Tiger Mountain No. 1

Small group hike to West Tiger #1 via an uncrowded trail to review gear, conditioning and being prepared for the weather.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,450 ft

I-90 Exit #20 By Gate http://binged.it/1y7J5et

Instructors:  7:00 AM
Students: 7:30 AM

Three obvious skills that students need to learn to safely scramble are navigation, how to climb & arrest on steep snow and how to climb on rocky slopes.  But an equally important part of scrambling is being an excellent hiker. Scrambling is 90% hiking.  Being in good shape, bringing the right gear, being prepared for an emergency, efficiently packing and dealing with boots, clothes and other gear are skills we take for granted but which actually have to be learned. 

The purpose of the Tiger Mountain field trip is to start off the scramble course with a moderately strenuous hike where we focus and practice all of the non-technical skills essential to scrambling.

As a bonus there is a "steep snow / ice axe" practice exercise at the summit.

Our destination for the field trip is the vista point at the Hikers Hut just west of the true summit of West Tiger #1.  For those people whose experience on Tiger Mountain is limited to hiking the Cable Line to West Tiger #3, our destination is a few hundred feet higher and follows a longer route.   The hiking time from the cars is about 4 hours round trip.  With 3 hours of activities along the way and at the top, we should be back to the cars by 4 PM


West Tiger Mountain No. 1

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

All your scrambling gear including ice axe and helmet. 

See the Alpine Scramble Course Manual for details

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