Alpine Scrambling Course - Seattle - 2019

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

The Alpine Scrambling course teaches essential techniques of off-trail wilderness travel needed for scaling snow and rock summits.

Alpine Scrambling fills the gap between on trail hiking and roped climbing. In the Alpine Scrambling course you will learn essential techniques of off-trail wilderness travel needed for reaching 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.

Registration Timeline:

  • Student Registration Opens: Dec 1
  • Cancellation: Refund less $10 before Feb 15
    • No Refund after Feb 15

Not sure if Scrambling is for you? Here are some pictures showing the types of places we go: https://photos.app.goo.gl/slX2LfBEHqB0T7FO2

The Scramble course consists of 3 in town workshops and 3 single day field trips. The workshops introduce skills, which are then refined out in the field.

 

  • Workshops

    • Course Introduction and Gear: Overview of what scrambling is, setting course expectations, and a gear show and tell.
    • Snow Travel: Snow travel safety (avalanche) presentation, ice axe introduction, ice axe arrest practice.
    • Rock Travel: Movement on a variety of rock surfaces, protected downclimb (emergency descent  method).
  • Field Trips

    • Snow Travel: Moving through snow, walking in balance, ice axe self belay,  ice axe arrest practice, winter navigation.
    • Rock Travel: Moving on rock, protected downclimb practice.
    • Experience Field Trip: Putting it all together and final evaluation. Demonstrate all skills learned in the course on a trip including both snow and rock travel to a summit.
  • Additional Requirements

    • Attend one conditioning hike.
    • Complete the online Low Impact Recreation quiz.
    • Complete a Stewardship event
    • Complete 3 scrambles
    • Complete the First Aid course
    • Complete the Navigation Course 
      • ** First Aid and Navigation are separate courses with their own fees.

Financial Assistance

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 and youth in the communities we serve. More information on financial assistance is available here: https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/scholarship-financial-assistance

Required Equipment

In addition to the course fees, scrambling requires a substantial amount of gear. In addition to general outdoor gear (outdoor clothing, rain gear, backpack, 10 essentials, etc) there are a few technical pieces of gear required. These are Mountaineering boots (different from hiking boots, $300-$500), a ice axe ($70-$100), and a climbing helmet ($60-$100). The majority of the first workshop is dedicated to gear, we encourage you to wait until after the gear workshop to make purchases.

Other Courses

There are two options for learning Scrambling with the Seattle Branch. The standard course (this one) which runs Feb - June, and the Compressed Course which covers the same material but in a long weekend (May 17-19). The Everett and Foothills (Eastside) branches also have Scramble programs.

Equivalency

If you already have the skills covered in this course and want to get involved, check out Scrambling Equivalency.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Gear Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Feb 7, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
6 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
3 instructors
Snow Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Mar 27, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 1, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
9 instructors
Rock Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Apr 7, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 13, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
12 instructors
Snow Field Trip
Stevens Pass Ski Area
Sat, Apr 27, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
8 instructors
Stevens Pass Ski Area
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
15 instructors
Rock Field Trip
Mount Erie
Sat, May 11, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
0 instructors
Rattlesnake Ledge
Sat, May 11, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
0 instructors
Mount Erie
Sat, May 18, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
9 instructors
Silver Peak
Sat, May 18, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Mount Erie
Sun, May 19, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
11 instructors
Experience Field Trip
Bean Creek Basin
Sat, Jun 1, 2019
Registration opens May 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Bean Creek Basin
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Registration opens May 1; Instructor registration open now
65 participants
10 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

See the course handbook under "Course Materials"

Course Materials
Name/Description Type
Alpine Scramble Course Graduation Application

Alpine Scramble Course Graduation Application

Link
Course Handbook

2018 Scramble Course Handbook

File application/x-maker File
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