Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course - Seattle - 2020

Scrambling Course

Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

This course covers the same curriculum of skills as the regular Scramble Course but over the span of one weekend.

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.

If you find it easier to take a class over a long weekend or missed the most recent Alpine Scrambling class deadline--  Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course (CASC) 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 web cast lecture 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 on Friday, May 15, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  The course will then move to the Stevens Pass Mountaineers Lodge on Friday night through Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2020. After the class students are required to meet all other requirements to successfully graduate the program. Due to the challenges of CASC an application is required and 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. One test is hiking Mt. Si in 2 hours or less with a pack carrying 15% of your bodyweight.  Due to the timing of this course, students will either have to sign up for Wilderness Navigation. 


The Mountaineers strives to serve everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We are committed to providing access to outdoor recreation and education opportunities for all members and youth in the communities we serve. Our courses are priced to cover our costs but we realize the cost incurred through gear and additional course requirements can add up quickly.   We encourage you to explore the scholarship program made available by generous donors within our community. More information on financial assistance is available here:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

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

Course Materials

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