Alpine Scrambling Course - Tacoma - 2018

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course - Tacoma

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

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Mar 5, 2019
Registration closes Mar 1
38 participants
3 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Mar 19, 2019
Registration closes Mar 17
38 participants
3 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Registration closes Apr 15
38 participants
3 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, May 7, 2019
Registration closes May 5
38 participants
3 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, May 28, 2019
Registration closes May 26
38 participants
3 instructors
Rock 1-Spire Rock (Tacoma)
Sat, Apr 6, 2019
Registration closes Apr 4
32 participants
2 instructors
ACSC Snow 1 Field Trip (Tacoma)
Sat, Apr 20, 2019
Registration closes Apr 18
28 participants
4 instructors
ACSC Rock 2 (Tacoma)
Little Si
Sat, May 4, 2019
Registration closes May 2
22 participants
3 instructors
Overnight Field Trip (Tacoma Scrambles)
Bean Creek Basin
Sat, May 18, 2019 -
Sun, May 19, 2019
Registration closes May 16
27 participants
9 instructors
Snow II Tacoma Alpine Scrambles Field Trip
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Registration closes Jun 1
28 participants
5 instructors
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

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