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Mountaineers Snow Field Trip
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Route/Trail:
8 3000' route
Map: #176 Stevens Pass
Season: spring

The Everett Branch of the Mountaineers offers a course in basic Alpine Scrambling each spring.   Scrambling is commonly defined as a bridge activity between trail hiking and technical climbing.  Even the most fearsome of the Cascade peaks usually offer both scramble and technical routes.  The degree of difficulty varies greatly from peak to peak, but scramble trips usually include cross country travel over rough terrain, some exposure, route finding/navigation/weather issues and rock or snow ascents to reach the summit.  They don't involve glacier travel or ascents via technical terrain.
This is a two day field trip held on the slopes of Stevens Pass Ski area and is the third of four required field trips.

  May 3 & 4, 2008      

Glissade practice  

Various arrests  
Building a snow cave
Pretty snug  
Learning about a valanche conditions  
Scramble Cowboy Mtn.  
Cowboy cornices
Glissading the face  

"The Everett Mountaineers Alpine Scrambling Course provides instruction on how to travel safely off-trail and scramble to mountain summits. Most Northwest mountain summits are accessible by scramble routes. Scrambles are typically strenuous, and usually involve off-trail travel over rock, snow, or brush.  The scramble course provides a program of instruction about proper equipment, clothing, navigation, route-finding, avalanche avoidance, weather awareness, rock and off-trail scrambling, wilderness ethics, snow travel, ice axe arrest, and glissade techniques. The course goal is to teach the skills necessary to scramble enjoyably while minimizing risk."

Drive Hwy 2 to Stevens Pass.  Follow the signed road on the west side of the pass (otherwise gated) to the upper parking lot and the Mountaineers Stevens Pass Lodge.

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