Scramble leader  rope skills


Scramble leader rope skills - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Scramble leader skills, part 1: Knots, anchors, handlines and belays. Clinic two will be conducted in the field on snow, date and place TBA. Attendence at the first clinic (January 17th) is a pre-requisite for registering for the second clinic. Priority for Tacoma Branch till Jan 11

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  • Moderate

Tacoma Clubhouse,  Upstairs classroom, 6:30 ready to go. Doors open at 6:00 come early if you can. Will also be outside dress for weather, bring a headlamp.

The vast majority of scrambling trips involve terrain that rarely or only infrequently requires the use of a handline or a rope, yet when one is required by the climb, or requested by a team member, it is imperative that the leader know how to quickly and safely set one up. This clinic, part one of two such clinics, is designed for scramble leaders who may need to use handlines or ropes on some sections of some scrambles. It mainly focuses on technical skills involving knots, anchors, handlines and ropes, and on belaying and lowering followers.


Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

1. Harness (or hasty harness)
2. Large HMS locking carabiner, also called a pearabiner (for belays and lowers)
3. Autoblock (either sewn or DIY using a four-foot length of 5-6mm perlon accessory cord)
4. 2 x Double length runners (48") (sewn webbing or DIY from a 10 foot length of 9/16" to 1" webbing) (one for an anchor; the second as a personal tether)
5. Medium size HMS locking carabiner (for personal tether)
6. Handline or short rope (10-30 meters)

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