Alpine Scrambling Course - Tacoma - 2022

Scrambling Course

Alpine Scrambling Course

The Tacoma Alpine Scrambling course teaches essential techniques of off-trail wilderness travel needed for scaling snow and rock summits.

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 these 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 and camping, ice-ax arrest, glissade techniques and wilderness ethics.  Students will be introduced to principles of risk management and be expected to demonstrate a "responsibility to team" mentality.

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.

The 2022 course will be conducted in an outdoor or a virtual classroom environment.  All students and instructors will be responsible for following The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code Of Conduct

2022 Students will have a guaranteed space available when registering for our Basic Navigation, Wilderness First Aid and Avalanche Awareness Courses.  


An application is required in order to register for this course. Applications will go live December 4th.  Permission requests to register prior to this date will be ignored. Applications will be processed in the order received. 


December 4, 2021 - Application Submittals Begin

December 8, 2021 - Registration Opens

March 2, 2022 - Course Introduction  (Virtual Video Class)

March 13, 2022 - Rock School (Local Field Activity)

March 26, 2022 - Rock Field Trip (Leavenworth Area Field Activity)

April 9, 2022 - Snow School (Local Field Activity)

April 23, 2022 - Snow Field Trip (Crystal Mountain Area Field Activity)

April 30-May 1, 2022 - Snow Camping School (Irish Cabin Field Activity)

May 21-22, 2022 - Experience Field Trip/Snow Camp (Bean Basin Field Activity)


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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Conditioning Hike (optional)
Mount Si Main Trail
Tue, Mar 1, 2022
Registration closes Feb 27
8 participants
0 instructors
Mount Si Main Trail
Thu, Mar 3, 2022
Registration closes Mar 2
8 participants
Mount Si Main Trail
Sat, Mar 12, 2022
Registration closes Mar 11
6 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Sat, Mar 12, 2022
Registration closes Mar 10
4 participants
Tacoma Scrambling Class
Online Classroom
Wed, Mar 2, 2022
Registration closes Feb 28
15 participants
Sun, Mar 13, 2022
Registration closes Feb 28
14 participants
Sam Hill (Leavenworth)
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration closes Feb 28
18 participants
Point Defiance Park
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration closes Mar 28
2 participants on waitlist
Point Defiance Park
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration closes Feb 28
14 participants
Bullion Basin (winter)
Sat, Apr 23, 2022
Registration closes Feb 28
8 participants
Irish Cabin Property
Sat, Apr 30, 2022 -
Sun, May 1, 2022
Registration closes Feb 28
16 participants
Bean Creek Basin
Sat, May 21, 2022 -
Sun, May 22, 2022
Registration closes Feb 28
11 participants
Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Rock 1
Little Si
Sun, Mar 13, 2022
Registration opens Mar 10; Instructor registration open now
31 participants
4 instructors
Avalanche Awareness Seminar - Tacoma Alpine Scramble Course
Online Classroom
Wed, Apr 6, 2022
Registration opens Feb 1; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
1 instructor
Required Equipment

A list of required equipment is included in the course materials and will be discussed at the Course Introduction. Students are urged to wait until the Introduction before buying new equipment. Information will be provided then regarding ice axe, helmet, prusiks, boots, etc.

Additional gear details will be offered in the Course Application.


Course Materials