Alpine Scrambling Course 2015

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course - Seattle - 2015

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.

The 2015 Scramble course started on March 2 2015 and Registration is now closed. 
Please join us in 2016  Registration will open in November 2015.


The Alpine Scrambling course teaches essential techniques of off-trail wilderness travel needed for achieving snow and rock summits. Alpine scrambling may at times involve unroped movement on and across low or moderately-exposed snow and rock terrain, but does not include roped climbing on high-angle, seriously-exposed technical rock faces, nor does it involve roped travel on crevassed glaciers.

Photos from previous years

To graduate from the course, you must attend ONE session of each of the activities listed below, (Conditioning Hikes are optional but we strongly suggest you take part in as many of the  conditioners offered as you can). 


You must also successfully reach the summit on 3 Alpine Scramble trips by November 1st.   At least one of the summits must be a snow scramble.  Once you have completed the snow field trip you are eligible to go on a snow scramble. Note: A snow scramble and Winter scramble are two different types of trips. You are not eligible for trips marked “Winter” until you have successfully graduated the Alpine Scrambling course. Most Winter scrambles take place from November 1st to April 1st.

You must also sign-up for and complete the Navigation and First Aid courses offered by the Seattle branch or by one of the other branches.  Note that these courses require separate fees. 
Navigation must be complete by mid April.  First aid must be complete by November 15th.

Links:  Basic Navigation Courses    First Aid Courses (AFA and MOFA)

2/1/2014:  There will be a Seattle Branch basic navigation workshop on 4/2 and a field trip on 4/11. Is is now available for sign-up and may fill-up soon.  If you want to attend on those dates, please sign-up ASAP.  Navigation schedule

NOTE: With the exception of the first workshop, student sign-up for the Scramble Course workshops and field trips will open up on March 2 after the first work shop. It is best if you consult your schedule and commit to the dates you have registered for early on in the course to insure you are able to attend the event on the date that works for you.

NOTE:  Past graduates who wish to instruct at the field trips can sign-up right now.

NOTE:  After the date of an activity passes, the link to it is not shown below.  Here are Links to activities earlier in the season


Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

Please see the Alpine Scramble Course Manual for detailed information about the requirements for this course.