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Alpine Scrambling


Contact: Ward Whicker

Have you taken the Mountain Hiking School and are now ready to stretch your skills a bit further? Do you want to improve on the skills you will need to climb most of the Colorado 14ers? The Alpine Scrambling course is for you.

This course is designed to teach Club members the necessary skills required to safely “scramble” in the mountains of Colorado. Scrambling covers the realm between hiking mountain trails and technical climbing of extremely steep terrain, and involves coordinated use of hands and feet to ascend and descend terrain too rugged to simply walk.  Scrambling requires not only physical coordination, but also a sustained search for foot placements and hand holds. It usually does not require ropes for safe ascent or descent. The majority of Colorado’s alpine peaks can be ascended in good weather without roped protection, providing climbers have appropriate knowledge, adequate scrambling skills, and use good judgment.

Alpine Scrambling is generally offered every two or three years based on interest expressed by Fort Collins Group members. If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Ward Whicker, course coordinator. Jon Raich is the school's technical director.

Acceptance to the course requires active CMC membership, and prior completion of the Mountain Hiking School, Wilderness Trekking School, or equivalent experience.