Alpine Scrambling Course - Tacoma - 2018

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course - Tacoma

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.

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
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Rock 1
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
Registration closes Apr 15
16 participants
4 instructors
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
Registration closes Apr 15
18 participants
3 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Class
Online Classroom
Wed, Apr 21, 2021
Registration closes Apr 19
11 participants
1 instructor
Online Classroom
Tue, Apr 27, 2021
Registration closes Apr 25
32 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Snow 1
Crystal Mountain Backcountry
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration closes Apr 29
13 participants
7 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Final Skills
Bean Peak
Sat, May 22, 2021 -
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration closes May 20
12 participants
7 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