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Scrambling Course

Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

Due to Covid-10 restrictions, The 2021 Alpine Scramble Course is being run in a pod format. This however is not a traditional compressed course. Pods will register 6-8 students with 2-3 instructors. Pods will complete all parts of the course together with the exception of the Experience Field Trip in June. The Experience Field trip will serve to give students a chance to work with other leaders/instructors for more well-rounded learning opportunities.

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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.

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.

The Scramble course consists of 3 in town workshops and 3 single day field trips. The workshops introduce skills, which are then refined out in the field.

 

  • Workshops

    • Course Introduction and Gear: Overview of what scrambling is, setting course expectations, and a gear show and tell.
    • Snow Travel: Snow travel safety (avalanche) presentation, ice axe introduction, ice axe arrest practice.
    • Rock Travel: Movement on a variety of rock surfaces, protected downclimb (emergency descent  method).
  • Field Trips

    • Snow Travel: Moving through snow, walking in balance, ice axe self belay,  ice axe arrest practice, winter navigation.
    • Rock Travel: Moving on rock, protected downclimb practice.
    • Experience Field Trip: Putting it all together and final evaluation. Demonstrate all skills learned in the course on a trip including both snow and rock travel to a summit.

      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. These are Mountaineering boots (different from hiking boots, $300-$500), a ice axe ($70-$100), and a climbing helmet ($60-$100). The majority of the first workshop is dedicated to gear, we encourage you to wait until after the gear workshop to make purchases.

  • Additional Requirements

    • Attend one conditioning hike.
    • Complete the online Low Impact Recreation quiz.
    • Complete a Stewardship event
    • Complete 3 scrambles
    • Complete the First Aid course
    • Complete the Navigation Course 
      • ** First Aid and Navigation are separate courses with their own fees.
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Conditioning Hike (optional)
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Tue, Mar 2, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
5 participants
0 instructors
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Wed, Mar 3, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
2 participants
0 instructors
Mount Si Main Trail
Thu, Mar 4, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Sat, Mar 6, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
5 participants
0 instructors
Mount Si Main Trail
Sun, Mar 7, 2021
Registration closes Mar 5
1 participant
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Tue, Mar 9, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
0 instructors
Mount Si Old Trail
Wed, Mar 10, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
3 participants
1 instructor
Mount Si Main Trail
Thu, Mar 11, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Sat, Mar 13, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
1 instructor
Humpback Mountain
Sat, Mar 13, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
4 participants
1 instructor
West Tiger Mountain 1-2-3
Sun, Mar 14, 2021
Registration closed Feb 19
0 participants
0 instructors
Mount Si Main Trail
Mon, Mar 15, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
3 participants
1 instructor
Mount Si Old Trail
Tue, Mar 16, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
6 participants
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Thu, Mar 18, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
3 participants
0 instructors
Mount Si Old Trail
Sat, Mar 20, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
4 participants
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 1
Sat, Mar 20, 2021
Registration closes Mar 18
0 participants
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
3 participants
1 instructor
Mount Si Old Trail
Tue, Mar 23, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
3 participants
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 1
Sat, Mar 27, 2021
Registration closed Feb 24
8 participants
1 instructor
Mount Si Old Trail
Tue, Mar 30, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
2 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Mount Si Old Trail
Wed, Mar 31, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
5 participants
1 instructor
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Tue, Apr 6, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
8 participants
0 instructors
Mount Teneriffe/Serendipity Ridge
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration closed Feb 19
0 participants
0 instructors
Mount Si Main Trail
Thu, Apr 15, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
1 instructor
Mount Si Main Trail
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Mailbox Peak
Tue, Apr 20, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
1 instructor
Mount Si Old Trail
Thu, Apr 22, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
0 instructors
Mailbox Peak
Wed, Apr 28, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
In-town Workshop (optional)
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 1, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 6, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
0 instructors
Woodland Park
Wed, Apr 7, 2021
Registration closed Feb 24
0 participants
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Wed, Apr 14, 2021
Registration closed Feb 28
1 participant
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Wed, Apr 14, 2021
Registration closed Feb 20
0 participants
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 15, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
9 participants
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 19, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 29, 2021
Registration closed Feb 23
0 participants
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
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
0 instructors
Magnuson Park
Tue, May 11, 2021
Registration closed Feb 23
0 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 13, 2021
Registration closed Feb 28
0 participants
1 instructor
Magnuson Park
Fri, May 14, 2021
Registration closes May 12
1 participant
0 instructors
Snow Skills (optional)
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 8, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
0 instructors
Bean Creek Basin
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 -
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
0 instructors
Guye Peak/North Route
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Snoqualmie Mountain
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration closed Feb 24
0 participants
0 instructors
Paradise
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
Registration closed Feb 26
0 participants
0 instructors
Paradise
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
Registration closed Feb 28
1 participant
0 instructors
Paradise
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closed Feb 20
0 participants
0 instructors
Alpental Ski Area
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
1 instructor
Paradise Area
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
1 participant
0 instructors
Paradise
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration closed Feb 23
0 participants
0 instructors
Stevens Pass Ski Area
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Skyline Ridge & Tye Peak
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Rock Scrambling (optional)
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Sam Hill (Leavenworth)
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
0 instructors
Mount Erie
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration closed Feb 11
0 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 6, 2021
Registration closed Feb 5
1 participant
0 instructors
Little Si/Meditation Rock
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration closed Feb 24
0 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration closed Feb 24
0 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
1 participant
0 instructors
Mount Erie
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closed Feb 23
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
Roster
Required Equipment

The 10 Essentials, Scrambling gear 

Course Materials

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