Placeholder Course Templates

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

The Alpine Scrambling course teaches essential techniques of off-trail wilderness travel needed for scaling snow and rock summits. The 2022 Seattle Alpine Scrambling Course will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Please also see the listings for our Compressed courses A and B below. You will need to take the wilderness navigation course concurrently. Navigation course /Seattle starts January 10! see more below.

Info
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.

Covid PolicY: All students and instructors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in this course. By registering for this course, students acknowledge that they are or will be vaccinated. Students will be required to show copies of  vaccine card prior to attending the first lecture. More detail on the process will be emailed. Participants  will be required to keep up to date with current public guidelines for boosters, exposure for quarantine, etc. from the Mountaineers, King County, Washington, and the CDC. Additionally, masks will be required when indoors for an in-person lectures. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the rise of variants of the COVID-19 virus, we will evaluate the restrictions closer to the course dates and modify the course as needed for the safety of our students and instructors.


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 4
  • Cancellation: Refund less $10.
    • No Refund after Feb 24

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 4 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
    • Conditioner Hike: Introduction to skills and a strenuous hike to gauge conditioning level.
    • 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

    • Complete the online Low Impact Recreation quiz.
    • Complete a Stewardship event
    • Complete 3 scrambles
    • Complete the Wilderness First Aid course Seattle WFA
    • Complete the Wilderness Navigation course /Seattle/Foothills by June 1 to eligible for the Experience Field Trip.  PLEASE NOTE: SEATTLE WILDERNESS NAVIGATION STARTS JANUARY 10! FOOTHILLS ON JANUARY 31!
      • ** 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), an 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 A and Compressed Course B which covers the same material but in a condensed time and long weekend. 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 17, 2022
Registration closes Feb 15
0 participants
7 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Feb 23, 2022
Registration closes Feb 15
22 participants
6 instructors
Conditioning Hike
West Tiger Mountain No. 1
Sat, Mar 5, 2022
Registration opens Feb 26; Instructor registration open now
28 participants
7 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 1
Sun, Mar 6, 2022
Registration opens Feb 26; Instructor registration open now
28 participants
8 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 1
Sat, Mar 12, 2022
Registration opens Feb 26; Instructor registration open now
28 participants
9 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 1
Sun, Mar 13, 2022
Registration opens Feb 26; Instructor registration open now
28 participants
5 instructors
Snow Workshop
Magnuson Park
Thu, Mar 31, 2022
Registration opens Mar 19; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
10 instructors
Magnuson Park
Tue, Apr 5, 2022
Registration opens Mar 19; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
7 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 7, 2022
Registration opens Mar 19; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
8 instructors
Rock Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 19, 2022
Registration opens Apr 9; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
5 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 23, 2022
Registration opens Apr 9; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
13 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 23, 2022
Registration opens Apr 9; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
15 instructors
Snow Field Trip
Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak
Sat, Apr 30, 2022
Registration opens Apr 9; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
12 instructors
Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak
Sun, May 1, 2022
Registration opens Apr 9; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
12 instructors
Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 9; Instructor registration open now
36 participants
10 instructors
Rock Field Trip
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens May 8; Instructor registration open now
18 participants
2 instructors
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sun, May 15, 2022
Registration opens May 8; Instructor registration open now
18 participants
4 instructors
Mount Erie
Sun, May 15, 2022
Registration opens May 8; Instructor registration open now
33 participants
16 instructors
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens May 8; Instructor registration open now
18 participants
2 instructors
Mount Erie
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens May 8; Instructor registration open now
33 participants
15 instructors
Experience Field Trip
Judi & Mary's Peaks
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Judi Peak
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Bean Peak
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Mary's & Bean Peaks
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Bean Peak & Volcanic Neck
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Earl Peak
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
2 instructors on waitlist
Mary's Peak
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Judi & Mary's Peaks
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Judi Peak
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Bean Peak
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
3 instructors on waitlist
Mary's & Bean Peaks
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Bean Peak & Volcanic Neck
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Earl Peak
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Mary's Peak
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Roster
Required Equipment

See the course handbook under "Course Materials"

This will be discussed at the first lecture in February. 10 essentials, ice axe, climbing helmet, crampons, snow/rain clothing and gear. Options for obtaining gear will be presented at the lecture.

Course Materials
Name/Description
Alpine Scramble Course Graduation Application

Alpine Scramble Course Graduation Application