Backcountry Scramble Course
Do you want to adventure beyond the trail? Are you interested in
wilderness navigation, route finding, and scrambling to summits that are
off the beaten path? Do you want to add snow travel and snow camping skills
that will open up new outdoors opportunities?
The Bushwhacker Climbing Club’s Backcountry Scramble Course offers
in-depth training in wilderness navigation, unroped travel through
moderately exposed areas, ice axe skills, and techniques for travel in
adverse weather conditions. We will practice and climb classic Cascades
scrambling routes. An overnight outing in snow country teaches snow
camping techniques and provides the chance to reach deeper into the
The skills learned will help provide new opportunities for enjoyment and
adventure in the mountains. While the course does not involve high
angle or roped climbing, the outings and lessons will build a strong
foundation of knowledge and conditioning that will be useful if you
continue on with another climbing class.
Applicants should have some basic hiking and backpacking experience. The
outings will be strenuous with long days; applicants must be in good
Applicants will need the following equipment to participate in this
course. We will talk a great deal about specific gear in the lectures -
we advise course members to hold off on new gear purchases until after
the classroom discussions. Some gear can be rented, as well:
- Mountaineering boots (may be rented; suitable for a 3 day snow outing)
- Ice Axe
- Trekking Poles
- Climbing Helmet
- Compass (simple base plate compass preferred)
- Suitable outdoor clothing - no cotton
- Overnight camping equipment & backpack (the club provide stoves & tents)
Unless otherwise excused by the instructors, attendance at all lectures and both one-day outings is required for participation in the three day outing.
Cost of the Course
The cost of this course is $175.00. The course fee includes the course textbook and outing maps. Students are responsible for all other outing and equipment expenses.
Note that you must be a member of the club to take this course.
Status of the Course
The 2017 course is now taking applications! The application can be found here: BWCC 2017 Scramble Course Application
. This is a Word document. If you have trouble please let us know. Applications are due Mar. 10, 2017.
Dates of the 2017 Course
The 2017 Backcountry Scramble Course includes Wednesday night (7:30 - 9:30 pm) lectures from Mar. 29 - April 19. Applications for the course will be accepted from Feb. 13- Mar. 10, 2017.
|Introduction, Personal Gear Overview
||Field Outing I Team Building & Intro to Navigation
||Field Outing II Snow Travel Skills & Navigation
||Overnight Gear & Snow Camping
||Pack Check & Outing Logistics
||Field Outing III Snow Camping & Summit Climb