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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
Gear Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 26, 2022
Registration opens Apr 16; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
7 instructors
Conditioning Hike
West Tiger Mountain No. 3
Sat, Apr 30, 2022
Registration opens Apr 16; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
6 instructors
In-town Workshop
Seattle Program Center
Fri, May 20, 2022
Registration opens May 14; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
7 instructors
Rock Scrambling
Sam Hill (Leavenworth)
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens May 14; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
7 instructors
Snow Skills
Stevens Pass Ski Area
Sun, May 22, 2022
Registration opens May 14; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
7 instructors
Experience Field Trip
Esmeralda Peaks
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
9 participants
0 instructors
Esmeralda Peaks
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
9 participants
2 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

The 10 Essentials, Scrambling gear 

Course Materials

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