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.

Info
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.  

APPLICATION REQUIRED

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. 

COURSE TIMELINE

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)

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Mountaineers strives to serve everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We are committed to providing access to outdoor recreation, education and conservation opportunities for all members in the communities we serve. More information on financial assistance is available here: https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/scholarship-financial-assistance

 

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Tacoma Scrambling Activity - Course Kick-Off
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Feb 18, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
32 participants
7 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Activity - Conditioner
Mount Si Main Trail
Sun, Feb 26, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2
11 participants
Mount Si Main Trail
Wed, Mar 8, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2
11 participants
Mount Si Main Trail
Sat, Mar 11, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2
11 participants
Tacoma Scrambling Activity - Rock ONE
SPIRE Rock
Sat, Mar 11, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
32 participants
7 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Rock TWO
Leavenworth
Sat, Mar 25, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
32 participants
6 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Activity - Snow ONE
Brookville Gardens Community Park
Sat, Apr 8, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
32 participants
7 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Snow TWO
Bullion Basin
Sat, Apr 22, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
32 participants
6 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Camp ONE
Irish Cabin Property
Sat, May 6, 2023 -
Sun, May 7, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
32 participants
7 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Camp TWO
Bullion Basin
Sat, May 20, 2023 -
Sun, May 21, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
32 participants
6 instructors
Tacoma Scrambling Activity - Team Stewardship (optional)
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Sat, Jun 3, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
18 participants
1 instructor
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Sat, Jun 3, 2023
Registration opens Dec 2; Instructor registration open now
18 participants
1 instructor
Roster
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
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