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Date Thursday  5/9/2019
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins) REGISTRATION
Start Time 6:30 PM
End Time 12:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Co-Leader Erin Bohler
Group Price Free
NonGroup Price Free
Leader Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)



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John Raich,
Erin Bohler,


2019 Alpine Scrambling Course (ASC), Fort Collins Group
This listing is for registration purposes only. For course fee, see below.

The ASC Program consists of two parts:

(1) ASC Course
Workshop 1: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBA
Workshop 2: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBA
Basic Skills Session 1: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m., Location: TBA
Basic Skills Session 2: Saturday, June 1, 2019,, 5 a.m. - 6 p.m., Location: TBA
Alternate Basic Skills Sessions in case of bad weather: Sunday, May 19 and Sunday, June 2

(2) Elective Scrambles
Throughout the summer, students who successfully complete the course portion have the opportunity to participate on Elective Scrambles. Successful completion of at least three, each progressively more challenging, Elective Scrambles is required for the student to complete the ASC Program.

Course objectives
* Improve your ability to move more confidently, securely, and efficiently on alpine scrambling terrain.
* Improve your ability to manage exposure.
You can request a copy of the course manual by sending an e-mail to:

Prior hiking experience in mountain terrain. One way to judge if you are ready is to review the self-assessment in the NOTES section below. To be ready, you should score a few (2)'s or (3)'s in addition to any (1)'s.

Couse fee
$100 The course fee is due on the first day of classes on 05/09/2019, payable to 'Colorado Mountain Club'.
Refunds: $10 cancellation fee before 05/01/2019, no refund after 05/01/2019.
There are no fees for participation in Elective Scrambles.


ASC Self-evaluation

Hiking ability and stamina
(1) I am a casual or beginning hiker. I can comfortably hike 6 to 8 miles per day (round trip) at a moderate pace. I can hike uphill at about 500’ per hour with a short break. An 6 hour hike is a full day for me,
(2) I am a moderate hiker. I can comfortably hike 10 to 12 miles per day at an uphill pace of 750’ to 1,000’ per hour with periodic breaks. A 8 hour day gets me tired.
(3) I am a strong hiker. I can hike 15 miles per day at an uphill pace of 1,000’ per hour or faster. I can keep going all day

Climbing ability
(1) I seldom use my hands except for stability on uneven ground. Steep grass, talus, scree and boulders make me uncomfortable. I may be awkward on rough terrain.
(2) I use my hands and feet for security and to assist upward/downward movement on steeper terrain. My agility is average.
(3) I can find and use even small handholds and footholds on steeper terrain. I consider myself very agile on rough terrain.

Exposure (fall potential inducing fear of heights)
(1) I am very uncomfortable with any exposure. I don’t want to go near drop-offs where there is a possibility of falling and injury.
(2) I am uncomfortable with moderate or severe exposure but am usually able to cope through careful travel and added security such as through a rope belay.
(3) I can manage moderate exposure through careful travel and severe exposure through added safety measures.

Technical climbing gear (helmet, ice ax, rope, crampons, slings, carabiners)
(1) I am not familiar with technical climbing gear and don’t really want to use any of it.
(2) I am familiar with some of this gear, not familiar with other gear, but am willing to learn.
(3) I am familiar with most of this gear and am ready to start using it with a bit of instruction.

Comments on the self-evaluation
If your responses are all (1)’s, you may want to take a bit more time to achieve better conditioning for hikes, practice traveling on steeper grass, scree, talus, try to get a bit more used to steeper drop-offs, and get familiar with some of the technical gear, such as a ice ax. Enrolling in a session of the Mountain Hiking School would probably do it.
If you marked (2)’s or (3)’s, we will attempt to place you in a group with compatible members. But keep in mind that the focus of the course is on acquiring and practicing new skills, and not a fitness or skills contest.
Please review the self-evaluation in the NOTES section. Indicate you best responses in the four categories by writing a number on the appropriate line. Please send the form to John Raich, ASC Director, (or by mail to: 1413 Osprey Court, Fort Collins CO 80525).

DATE RECIEVED: _______________________________________
NAME: ________________________________________________
E-MAIL: _______________________________________________
PHONE: _______________________________________________
ADDRESS: ____________________________________________
CMC MEMBERSHIP NUMBER: ____________________________

Enter 1, 2, or 3 below:
Hiking Ability ______________
Climbing Ability ____________
Exposure _________________
Technical Gear ____________


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.