Alpine Scrambling Course - Tacoma - 2018

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course - Tacoma

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This is a 1 or 2 year course to instruct students in mountain climbing.

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.

2018 Lectures - All lectures start promply at 6:30 on Wednesdays, Dates: Mar 14 & 28, April 25, May 9. Final written test May 23

2018 Field Trips April 7, 21, May 5, 19&20, June 2

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

A list of required equipment is included in the course materials and will be discussed at Lecture 1. We suggest you wait until lecture 1 before buying lots of equipment. Information will be provided then regarding ice axe, helmet, prussics, boots, etc.


Course Materials