|The Olympia Mountaineers|
2013 Alpine Scrambling Course
Chair: Dean Taylor (360) 556-0269
Co-Chair: Tom Eckhout (360) 556-9898
Course: Alpine scrambling is non-technical climbing that involves off-trail travel, often over rock, snow or brush, to mountain summits. Many, if not most, Northwest summits are accessible by scramble routes. Alpine scrambling is a form of mountaineering that falls somewhere between high altitude hiking and rock climbing. Ropes and other aids typically are not needed. A competent scrambler is in good physical condition; can navigate in the backcountry; can select the proper food, clothing and equipment for a scramble route for the current season; knows and can use the ten essentials; recognizes and can avoid mountain hazards; practices wilderness ethics; and is proficient in snow and rock travel, self-arrest and other basic mountaineering skills.
Modular Format: Olympia’s Alpine Scrambling Course is organized into three modules: Wilderness Skills, Snow Scrambling and Rock Scrambling. To complete the Alpine Scrambling Course a student must complete all three modules, the Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA) Course, a one-day conservation or trail maintenance project and complete three experience scrambles, including one conditioner one snow scramble and one rock scramble. Students have two years to complete the course requirements.
Wilderness Skills: See the course description listed separately. Equivalency for Wilderness Skills may be granted to people with backcountry experience who have previously learned this material and can demonstrate these skills. For information about equivalency contact the course chair.
Snow Scrambling: This module teaches safe snow traveling skills including ice ax use, self-arrest, glissade and avalanche awareness. The module comprises one lecture and two field trips.
Rock Scrambling: This module teaches basic rock scrambling techniques, route finding and hazard avoidance. The module includes two lecture nights and two field trips (one of which is optional).
Prerequisites: Course participants must be at least 14 years old. Those under 18 must have written parental or guardian consent, a successful interview with the Alpine Scrambling Chairperson, and bring a Medical Treatment Consent Form along on every Mountaineers scramble.
Cost (including January Wilderness Skills): $150 member / $250 non-member
Wilderness Skills Schedule:
Students who have completed Wilderness Skills in a prior year are not required to attend these lectures.
Alpine Scrambling Schedule:
Scrambling the Dragontail arête
(photo by James Pierson)
Time: Lectures start promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Graduation Requirements (to be completed within two years of course enrollment):