Outdoors

Adventure briefs for March 28

Climbing

Tacoma Mountaineers to hold scrambles class

The Tacoma Mountaineers will hold its scrambles climbing course beginning Wednesday.

There are hundreds of challenging and scenic peaks in the Northwest that are attainable by scrambling, said Allan 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 event includes classroom and field instruction, which equip 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 use alongside experienced instructors.

The course, which will include field trips and climbs, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center, 2303 N. 30th St., Tacoma. People wanting to take the course must register by Tuesday at mountaineers.org.

Parks

Poker pedal event will aid 360 Trails

The inaugural 360 Trails Poker Pedal will take place April 4 at 360 Trails on the Key Peninsula.

The event will be a family-friendly bike-riding event where riders must visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each point. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the ride.

The ride will raise funds for further hiking, biking and equine trail development at 360 Trails.

Riders will complete a moderately difficult loop of approximately 6.5 miles. There is an option to visit up to two additional checkpoints for additional playing cards.

Check in and day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the last rider heading up the trail at 10. Hands will be played and prizes awarded about 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $20 per rider, and T-shirts are $14-$18 each.

You can register online at keypenparks.com/360- trails-poker-pedal.html.

Youth activities

Registration open for Lacey Family Fish-In

Registration is being accepted for the annual Lacey Family Fish-in scheduled for April 18 at Long’s Pond in Woodland Creek Community Park.

The event is meant for children ages 5-14.

The day is designed to encourage fishing as a fun family activity, said organizers from Lacey Parks and Recreation. Volunteers will be on hand to help both beginner and experienced young anglers.

Each participant will get a rod and reel to keep.

Long’s Pond is regulated by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for youth fishing (14 years of age and younger) year-round. The park is at 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.

The cost is $5 per youth participant.

Registration is required for the event, and space is limited. When registering, parents will have to select a starting time: 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

To register or for more information, call Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360-491-0857.

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

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