Outdoors

Adventure briefs for Feb. 14

Climbing

Mountaineers to hold scramble course preview

The Tacoma Mountaineers will hold a climbing course information night Thursday.

There are hundreds of challenging and scenic peaks in the Northwest that are attainable by scrambling, said Allam Maas, chairman of the group’s alpine scrambling climbing course.

Scrambling takes participants off trail on more difficult terrain than hiking, but does not require roped fall protection.

The Tacoma Mountaineer’s course includes classroom and field instruction which equips students with the skills and experience needed to safely scramble rock and snow summits, Maas said. The course covers topics such as safety, selection and care of equipment; wilderness travel; unroped rock and snow travel; and self-arrest, self-belay and low-angle rappelling. During the field trips and climbs, students will put these skills to practical use alongside experienced instructors.

The information night will begin at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center, 2303 N. 30th St., Tacoma. Learn more at tacomamountaineers.org.

Hunting rules

Public input sought on hunting proposals

Hunters and the non-hunting public can comment on proposed recommendations for the 2015-17 hunting seasons through Feb. 24.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting written comments to help finalize proposed hunting rules and regulations. To review and comment on the proposals, go to wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting.

The proposals, based in part on earlier public involvement, are follow the objectives and strategies contained in the new 2015-21 Game Management Plan, said Mick Cope, game manager. The plan is available at wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01676.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sets policy for the department, also will take public comment on the recommendations at its March 20-21 meeting in Moses Lake. Final commission action is scheduled to take place at the April 9-10 meeting.

Adventure sports

Tickets on sale for Radical Reels film tour

Tickets are on sale for the Olympia stop in March of the Radical Reels Film Festival.

The tour features some of the best skiing, boarding, cycling, climbing, skateboarding and kayaking films shown at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in November. The Radical Reels tour puts an emphasis on high-adrenaline action sports films.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. March 7, with the films beginning at 7 p.m. The event will take place at Capital Theater, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia.

Tickets are $14 for general audience, with a $2 discount for members of the Mountaineers or Olympia Film Society, and students or members of the military with ID. You can get tickets in advance at Centro, 408 Olympia Ave. NE; the film society website at olympiafilmsociety.org; or at the door the night of the show.

This tour stop is sponsored by The Olympia Mountaineers and Centro in partnership with the Olympia Film Society.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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