Alpine Scrambling Course   - Tacoma - 2015

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

Check out our conditioning hikes posted by Mike Murphy in the Activities section of the Mountaineers website.

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.

Most Northwest mountain summits are accessible by scramble routes. In this course you will learn how to reach those non-technical snow and rock summits. Comprehensive instruction includes proper equipment and clothing, route finding, avalanche awareness and avoidance, rock and off-trail scrambling, snow travel, ice-ax arrest, glissade techniques and wilderness ethics. Alpine scrambles are moderate to strenuous outings involving off-trail travel. They are generally summit oriented with class 2 or 3 climbing on rock or equally exposed snow slopes. Scrambles do not involve travel over glaciers or rock where a climbing harness and roped protection are called for. Scrambles often visit many of the same destinations as technical climbs, just using different routes.

Class Schedule:

April 1 - Lecture 1 Course overview, clothing, equip, 10Es
April 15 – Lecture 2 Snow travel & avy
April 29 – Lecture 3 Rock
May 13 – Lecture 4 Wilderness travel, camping, snow
May 27 – Final Test

Note: you can sign up for conditioning hikes led by Mike Murphy or John Murphy scheduled weekly if you want to get an idea of conditioning requirements and you can ask us about the class.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Ice Ax, climbing helmet, other equipment will be discussed in class.  Nothing is required for the first classroom session.

Course Materials