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Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

CASC A covers the same curriculum of skills as the regular Scramble Course but over a shorter time with one intense day weekend at Steven's Lodge. The 2022 Seattle Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Please also see the listing for our other compressed course CASC-B and the regular Scrambling Course below.

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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 POLICYAll 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.


If you find it easier to take a class over a long weekend and in a short time frame--- Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course A (CASC- A) is for you, differing only from the regular Alpine Scrambling class by the intensity of the instructional experience. Learn how to travel off-trail and safely across rock and snow filled terrain and use an ice ax to reach some of the great peaks in the area. After an initial zoom lecture, conditioning hike, evening workshop, and a long-weekend of field instruction the program culminates with the regular Seattle Alpine Scrambling class Experience Field Trip in June.

The course will begin at the Seattle Mountaineer Program center in May with an on-line lecture, conditioning hike, and two skills workshops. The course will then move to the Stevens Pass Mountaineers Lodge on Friday night May 13 through Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2016 for a weekend of field trips. Students are required to meet all other requirements to successfully graduate the program. Due to the challenges of CASC  students are expected to demonstrate excellent physical conditioning – such as being able to achieve 2,000 feet in elevation gain in a reasonable time with a pack in each of two consecutive days as well as other strenuous physical activities during the field trips. If you have any questions about conditioning please contact the course leader.  One test is hiking Mt. Si in 2 hours or less with a pack carrying 15% of your bodyweight. There is an additional charge included in the course fee for the overnight stay and meals at the Stevens Lodge. Due to the timing of this course, students will have to sign up for Wilderness Navigation early in the season and have it completed before the May 13 field trip weekend.

Please also see the listing for our other compressed course CASC-B and the regular Scrambling Course.

  • 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.
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Gear Workshop
Online Classroom
Tue, Apr 5, 2022
Registration opens Mar 15; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
7 instructors
Conditioning Hike
Mount Si Main Trail
Thu, Apr 28, 2022
Registration opens Mar 30; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Mount Si Main Trail
Tue, May 3, 2022
Registration opens Apr 4; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Rock Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 10, 2022
Registration opens May 3; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
6 instructors
Rock Scrambling
Sam Hill (Leavenworth)
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens May 3; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
6 instructors
Snow Skills
Stevens Pass Ski Area
Sun, May 15, 2022
Registration opens May 3; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
6 instructors
Experience Field Trip
Ingalls Peak/South Peak
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens May 3; Instructor registration open now
9 participants
2 instructors
Ingalls Peak/South Peak
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens May 3; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Roster
Required Equipment

The 10 Essentials, Scrambling gear and overnight supplies for 2 nights at the Stevens Lodge. 

Course Materials

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