PPG BMS - Basic Rock Scrambling - May 2023

Scrambling Course

Rock Scrambling

This course is the first course in the Pikes Peak Group's Basic Mountaineering School (BMS) curriculum. Basic Rock Scrambling consists of a set of skills that fill a gap between on or off-trail hiking and technical climbing. Skills include assessing hazards and decision making, scrambling techniques, assessing and choosing off-trail routes in scrambling terrain.

The PPG WTS - Wilderness Fundamentals Course is the prerequisite for this course.  Students must have earned the "Wilderness Trekking School Student" badge to be able to register for this course.

The prerequisite course covers concepts that will be expected knowledge for this course and will reference the textbook (Freedom of the Hills, 9th ed.) provided from the PPG WTS - Wilderness Fundamentals Course.

The class consists three blocks.  Block one is a self-study portion performed by reading through the Student Handbook and reviewing the additional materials referenced by the links in the handbook.  Blocks two and three consist of two field days on alpine scrambling terrain with outdoor discussion, demonstrations and practice with instructor feedback/supervision. Registrants are required to complete the PPG WTS - Wilderness Fundamentals Course.

If you have any questions or if you have issues registering for this course, please contact Ed Anderson (edandersoniv@gmail.com) or Britt Jones (britt@globalreality.biz) to request assistance.

schedule / content

Block One.  Self-learning accomplished by reading the BMS – Basic Rock Scrambling Student Handbook that will be provided by the instructors, to enrolled students.  Within the handbook, you will find overall course information and hyperlinks to various articles or videos.  Also, note that much of the material is cited from out-of-print A Hiker’s Guide to Scrambling Safely, by Tom Morin.

 Block Two.  Initial skills practice session to be conducted in Ute Valley Park.  The focus will be balance, foot work, and hand holds.  Students will need all the required equipment.

Block Three. Continued skills practice at a location to be determined.  We'll expand upon what you learned in Block 2, will introduce more exposure, and will familiarize you with scrambling protection and belaying.  Students will need all the required equipment.


Course Leaders:  Ed Anderson: edandersoniv@gmail.com or Britt Jones (britt@globalreality.biz)

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Required:  certified climbing helmet, alpine harness, locking carabiner, personal anchor system/prusik rope and ten essentials.

Recommend: scrambling/approach shoes and work gloves

Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.