Everett Mountaineers Experience FT Miles: 6 Gain: 1300' GT Snoqualmie Pass # 207
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 May 15 & 16 , 2010
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.

The experience field trip, held at Alpental (Snoqualmie Pass), is the fourth and final required to complete the course.


"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."
Directions:
drive I-90 to exit 52 and the alpental ski area.  the unmarked trailhead for guye peak and snoqualmie mtn. begins across from the parking lot and 25 yards before the snow lakes trailhead.
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