Scrambles 2018: 

Click here to access all detailed information via the online 2017 Scrambles Booklet!

This year marks the 40th year of the Whitman College Scramble Program. This year we have 20 trips planned with 63 student leaders and roughly 192 spaces for incoming first year students to go out into the field. Scrambles will travel as far as the San Juan Islands, WA to sea kayak and the Salmon River, ID to kayak and raft. Backpacking trips will be divided up amongst the Strawberry Mountains, OR, Elkhorn Mountains, OR, Wallowa Mountains, OR, Olympic Peninsula, WA, and North Cascades, WA while canoers will cross Ross Lake, WA and rock climbers will climb at Smith Rock, OR. The average trip length will be 8-9 days. 

An early scramble trip would be ideal for you if one of the following applies:
-you're an international student
-you're a varsity athlete with pre-season training before school starts
-you want to participate in the SCORE program AND Scrambles program
-you're able to go back home between the end of your scrambles trip and the start of orientation.

If you would like to register for either scramble, please begin the registration process on Compass at whit.mn/scrambles . If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Scramble Coordinator, directly at scrambles@whitman.edu.

The scramble booklet below is for information only. In order to register for a scramble, you will need a Whitman College email address. The 2017 Scramble booklet will be available in the Spring.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I register for 2018 Scrambles?

To be announced in January 2018

I can't afford to go on a Scramble. Do you offer financial aid? 

Yes, we do! We do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone hoping to participate in the Scrambles Program, so we offer scholarships to students receiving significant need-based financial aid. All students that apply to the scrambles program will automatically be checked to see if they qualify for a percentage of financial. There is a fund administered by the Scrambles Program that will cover up to 50% of the Scramble cost, depending on your level of need-based financial aid. However, if you for any reason cannot pay the $300 deposit fee, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at (509) 527-5158. If you qualify, the Dean of Students Office will look at your need and work hard to assist you in paying the $300 deposit fee and possibly more. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please don't hesitate to contact the Scramble Coordinator, Eva Geisse, directly by phone at (415) 827-4664 or by email at scrambles@whitman.edu.

When will I find out which Scramble I've been placed on?

We will mail out trip acceptances within two weeks of the June lottery. Participants will be notified by email. We keep a wait list for trips that fill up if there is more interest than spots available.

When do I need to be in Walla Walla for Scrambles?

To be announced

What is the cancellation policy for Scrambles?

Participants canceling before July 15th receive a full refund minus a $65 cancellation fee. After July 15th until two weeks before Scrambles, participants receive a 50 percent refund. 


Contact the Scrambles Coordinator with other questions at scrambles@whitman.edu.

2018 Trips:

The Outdoor Program is offering 20 Scrambles trips in 2018.

  1. Strawberry Jubilee - Backpacking in the Strawberry Mountains, OR 
  2. Strawberry Sweetness - Backpacking in the Strawberry Mountains, OR 
  3. Rosstafarian Adventure - Canoeing/Backpacking 
  4. A Rossin' and a Rollin' - Canoeing and backpacking on Ross Lake, WA 
  5. Ross Lake Hike 
  6. San Juan Wanderers - Sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands, WA 
  7. Outrageous Orcas Orbiters - Sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands, WA 
  8. Jonesin' for Jellies - Sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands, WA 
  9. Seaside Swag - Coastal backpacking in Olympic National Park, WA 
  10. Tidal Trekking - Coastal backpacking in Olympic National Park, WA 
  11. Glacial Glow - Backpacking in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, WA 
  12. Pyroclastic Pathfinders - Backpacking around Mt. Saint Helens 
  13. Sacajawea Scavengers - Backpacking in the Wallowa National Forest, OR 
  14. Face the Hurricane - Backpacking in the Wallowa National Forest, OR 
  15. Smith Family Robinson - Rock climbing in Smith Rock State Park, OR 
  16. School of Hard Rocks - Rock climbing in Smith Rock State Park, OR 
  17. Bodaciously Bouncing Boating - Whitewater rafting along the Salmon River, ID 
  18. Slammin' Salmon - Whitewater kayaking along the Salmon River, ID 
  19. Elkhorn Extravaganza - Backpacking in the Elkhorn Mountains, OR 
  20. Epic Elkhorn Escape - Backpacking in the Elkhorn Mountains, OR