Alpine Scramble Leader

Badge

Alpine Scramble Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved by the leaders of their branch's Alpine Scramble Committee to lead alpine scrambles for The Mountaineers. Scrambles are trips with off-trail travel and a summit destination.

DESCRIPTION OF SKILLS

The holder of this badge has demonstrated sound judgment, strong leadership skills, and technical proficiency in:

  • Rock and snow scrambling with training in rope and anchor techniques that might be used on scrambling terrain
  • Group leadership, including trip planning and group dynamics
  • Use of topographical maps, compass, and altimeter
  • Mountain safety, including identification of hazards such as exposure, rockfall, avalanches, and changing weather; and actions to minimize risk
  • First Aid
  • Emergency preparedness (including emergency bivouacs and how to summon help should it be needed)

WHAT DOES THIS BADGE ALLOW ME TO DO?

HOW DO I GET THIS BADGE?

To get this badge, you must be approved by your branch's Alpine Scramble committee.Leaders must be graduates of the Alpine Scrambling Course or the Basic Climbing Course, or have equivalency in either course.

Sponsoring committees must be satisfied that leaders of alpine scrambles have competence in:

  • Rock and snow scrambling with training in rope and anchor techniques that might be used on scrambling terrain 
  • Group leadership, including trip planning and group dynamics 
  • Use of topographical maps, compass, and altimeter 
  • Mountain safety, including identification of hazards such as exposure, rockfall, avalanches, and changing weather; and actions to minimize risk 
  • Mountaineering Oriented First Aid 
  • Emergency preparedness (including emergency bivouacs and how to summon help should it be needed) 
  • Competence may be demonstrated by participation in courses or seminars, experience, instructing at alpine scrambling field trips, leading a trip with a mentor, or other means acceptable to the committee. 

In addition to the above requirements, leaders of winter scrambles must:

  • Have competence in winter travel using crampons and snowshoes, and 
  • Be graduates of a Level I Avalanche Course 

Leaders must also demonstrate skill maintenance by satisfactorily leading at least one trip every three years for the committee(s) for which they are approved as leaders.

Contact the relevant committee contact through your branch's roster for application information and requirements.