Conditioning Hike

Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

Conditioning Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Pod P Conditioning Hike - Compressed Seattle Alpine Scrambling Course

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 activity.
  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft

Meeting Place - Directions from Seattle: Take I-90 eastbound exit 20, turn Right/South at the bottom of the ramp and then immediately turn Right/West onto the frontage road paralleling the interstate. In just under 0.5 mile the road ends at a gate. The gate opens daily, though it is closed and locked at 7:00 PM. The Cable Line Trailhead is on your Left/South as you drive west toward the gate, a couple hundred feet BEFORE reaching the gate.

Meeting Time:  We will (hopefully) start moving at 8:00 am, so please arrive about 15 minutes earlier to give you time to boot up and go through a short introduction, gear check, and route/Covid protocol discussion.  

This is a conditioning hike for Seattle Alpine Scrambling Course students. We will use this time to get to know fellow scramblers, test new gear, discuss the course, and get ready for a summer of peak-bagging!  We will also practice a few skills.  Covid precautions will be in effect -- social distancing and masks on in the parking lot!  (Yes, I'm vaccinated; no, this doesn't make any immediate difference in how we will interact with each other or with any members of the public we may run across.) Further Covid procedures will be discussed during the info intro (generally, as long as you keep your distance, it is okay to have the mask off while hiking, but be prepared to mask up and step off the trail at breaks and when meeting other people). 


West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

While this is not a "real" scramble, for purposes of checking your gear, practicing some skills, and judging your conditioning, please bring along and be prepared to pack and carry all the gear you will be taking on a scramble trip. This includes mountaineering boots (but see below), helmet, ice axe, and hasty harness.

Everything else you would bring on a regular scramble course is required including the 10 essentials, snacks, rain gear, and extra clothes.

This is a great time to test out the mountaineering boots you are planning to use during the scramble course for fit and comfort. However, if you do not have those boots yet sturdy hiking boots will suffice for now.  

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