Alpine Scrambling Course   - Tacoma - 2016

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course - Tacoma

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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.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Recommend that you not buy equipment before the first lecture in March. After that you'll know what to buy: Ice axe, helmet, webbing, locking biner, prussic cords, boots, backback and base layer.

Lectures 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11 exam 5/25

Trips 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/14-15, 5/28

Course Materials