Alpine Scrambling Course (N) - 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.

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.

REGISTRATION 

With a focus on the safety of our instructors and students, we will be offering the 2021 course in small group format. Each module (noted A,B,C, etc.) will have the same course requirements but will have various dates and destinations. Find the one that works for you!

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, January 11th: Registration Opens
  • Friday, February 5th: Registration Closes
  • Tuesday, February 9th: Course Begins

 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 one Welcome to Scrambling / Gear Workshop (two offerings 2/9/2021 & 2/11/2021)
    • Participate in one half-day Conditioning Hike (Sat. 3/27/2021 West Tiger Mt. No. 1 - 8:00am-1:00pm).  You may optionally sign up for additional conditioning trips, but this is the only one the leader is currently offering.
    • Participate in one evening Snow Workshop (Thurs. 4/8/2021 Kite Hill/Magnuson Park 6:30pm-8pm)
    • Participate in one all-day Snow Field Trip (Sat. 4/24/2021 Skyline Ridge/Stevens Pass, but if possible will be rescheduled to a closer destination in the Snoqualmie Pass vicinity)
    • Participate in one evening Rock Workshop (Mon. 5/10/2021 6:30pm-8:30pm Program Center)
    • Participate in one all-day Rock Field Trip (Sat. 5/22/2021 Mt. Erie near Anacortes, WA)
    • Participate in one all-day Experience Field Trip (TBD/probable dates are Sat. June 5 OR Sun. June 6, North Fork Teanaway River road area, near Cle Elum, WA)
    • Participate in three Mountaineers Club Scrambles (one must be Snow and one must be Rock, the third can be whichever you prefer)
    • Please note: given Covid restrictions and the pod format, it is unlikely we can offer make-up trips nor can the committee arrange these as easily as in the past.
    • 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.

    *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.

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

    The Mountaineers strive 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
    Course Activity Date Availability Leader
    In-town Workshop (optional)
    Seattle Program Center
    Thu, May 6, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 20
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Seattle Program Center
    Fri, May 7, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 24
    0 participants
    1 instructor
    Seattle Program Center
    Sat, May 8, 2021
    Registration closed Mar 10
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Seattle Program Center
    Mon, May 10, 2021
    Registration closed Mar 10
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Seattle Program Center
    Mon, May 10, 2021
    Registration closed Mar 7
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Seattle Program Center
    Tue, May 11, 2021
    Registration closes May 9
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Magnuson Park
    Tue, May 11, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 23
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Seattle Program Center
    Fri, May 14, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 28
    1 participant
    0 instructors
    Magnuson Park
    Fri, May 14, 2021
    Registration closes May 12
    1 participant
    0 instructors
    Rock Scrambling (optional)
    Little Si/Meditation Rock
    Sat, May 8, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 24
    0 participants
    2 instructors
    Seattle Program Center
    Sun, May 9, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 24
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Seattle Program Center
    Mon, May 10, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 5
    2 participants
    0 instructors
    Mount Erie
    Sat, May 15, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 20
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Mount Erie
    Sat, May 15, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 28
    1 participant
    0 instructors
    Dirty Harry's Balcony
    Sat, May 15, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 8
    2 participants
    0 instructors
    Mount Erie
    Sat, May 15, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 23
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Mount Erie
    Sun, May 16, 2021
    Registration closed Mar 8
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Mount Erie
    Sun, May 16, 2021
    Registration closes May 14
    1 participant
    0 instructors
    Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
    Sat, May 22, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 24
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Mount Erie
    Sat, May 22, 2021
    Registration closed Mar 10
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Mount Erie
    Sat, May 22, 2021
    Registration closes May 20
    1 participant
    0 instructors
    Mount Erie
    Sun, May 23, 2021
    Registration closed Mar 10
    0 participants
    0 instructors
    Snow Skills (optional)
    Stevens Pass Ski Area
    Sun, May 9, 2021
    Registration closed Feb 11
    1 participant
    0 instructors
    Experience Field Trip
    Ingalls Peak/South Peak
    Sat, Jun 5, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    3 participants
    0 instructors
    Bean & Earl Peaks
    Sat, Jun 5, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    6 participants
    1 instructor
    Judi Peak
    Sat, Jun 5, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    6 participants
    0 instructors
    Mary's Peak
    Sat, Jun 5, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    6 participants
    0 instructors
    Judi & Mary's Peaks
    Sat, Jun 5, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    6 participants
    1 instructor
    Mary's & Bean Peaks
    Sat, Jun 5, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    6 participants
    1 instructor
    Bean Peak & Volcanic Neck
    Sat, Jun 5, 2021
    Registration opens May 22
    6 participants
    Bean Peak
    Sat, Jun 5, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    6 participants
    0 instructors
    Bean Peak
    Sun, Jun 6, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    8 participants
    0 instructors
    Earl Peak
    Sun, Jun 6, 2021
    Registration opens May 22
    6 participants
    Judi Peak
    Sun, Jun 6, 2021
    Registration opens May 22
    6 participants
    Mary's Peak
    Sun, Jun 6, 2021
    Registration opens May 22
    6 participants
    Judi & Mary's Peaks
    Sun, Jun 6, 2021
    Registration opens May 22
    6 participants
    Mary's & Bean Peaks
    Sun, Jun 6, 2021
    Registration opens May 22
    6 participants
    Bean Peak & Volcanic Neck
    Sun, Jun 6, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    6 participants
    0 instructors
    Bean Peak
    Sat, Jun 12, 2021
    Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
    6 participants
    0 instructors
    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

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