Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course (A) - Seattle - 2021

Scrambling Course

Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

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.

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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.

REGISTRATION TIMEFRAME

Our Committee is still planning the course for 2021, we appreciate your patience and encourage you to check back here for updates.

Note: our capacities are not concrete and will be posted through our course series which will prioritize space for last year's students and open space for new students.
  • Monday, December 7th: Course Dates Listed
  • Monday, January 11th: Registration Opens

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION & WILDERNESS FIRST AID ARE SEPARATE COURSES AND CHARGE SEPARATE FEES

  • Find Wilderness Navigation Courses, listed here. Badge will be required to earn the Alpine Scramble badge.
  • Find Wilderness First Aid Courses, listed here. Badge will be required to earn the Alpine Scramble badge.

Note: these additional courses can be taken through any branch. The requirements to complete each  will be coordinated throughout the course as each Committee manages their contingencies for COVID and we have more details, in real-time.

 WHAT IS SCRAMBLING? 

Alpine Scrambling is a thrilling Mountaineer's experience serving as a stepping stone between strenuous hiking and technical mountain climbing.  In a single day-trip (otherwise known as ‘scramble’) one might take advantage of a conventional trail before traversing an off-trail section of: dense forest, an open meadow of flowers, a steep snow slope, a sheer rocky ridgeline, and finally a serene summit with views extending across the Cascades.

Alpine Scrambling is an introduction to Mountaineering and 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.

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

COURSE CONTENT

  • Mountaineering Gear and Trip Planning
  • Snow Travel: Snow travel safety (avalanche), moving through snow, ice axe  use, self-arrest skills and winter navigation
  • Rock Travel: Movement on a variety of rock surfaces, unroped climbing techniques, protected downclimb (emergency descent  method).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Participate in each course activity (listed below).
  • Demonstrate skill-proficiency at Experience Field Trip (listed below).
  • Participate in  three Mountaineers Club Scrambles (one must be Snow and one must be Rock, the third can be whichever you prefer)
PLEASE NOTE: WE'VE DONE OUR BEST TO OFFER A VARIETY OF OPTIONS FOR VARYING SCHEDULES. PLEASE SEE ALL COURSE LISTINGS AND CHOOSE THE ONE THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOUR SCHEDULE

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the required course activities (workshops and field trips) the following badges are  REQUIRED to graduate from the Scramble Course. Please note: these are separate Mountaineers activities & courses that you will also need to register for.

  • Complete Wilderness Navigation Course*
  • Complete Wilderness First Aid Course* 

*WILDERNESS NAVIGATION & WILDERNESS FIRST AID ARE SEPARATE COURSES AND CHARGE SEPARATE FEES

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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: https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/scholarship-financial-assistance

EQUIVALENCY

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

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

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. The majority of the first workshop is dedicated to gear, we encourage you to wait until after the gear workshop to make purchases.  These are:

  • Mountaineering boots, NOT hiking boots  ($300-$500),
  • Ice axe ($70-$100), and
  • Climbing helmet ($60-$100). 
Course Materials
Name/Description
CASC Application

Application for Seattle Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course (CASC)