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    • 02/17/2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Donner Trail Elementary School, 52755 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
    • 0
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    Join MAA on Devil's Peak for a scenic approach and a short, dramatic winter peak attempt. We'll snowshoe in, climb the North Chute, scramble over the rocks to the summit, then scramble back down the route. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Devil's Peak North Chute attempt, 3 mile approach, steep snow climbing and 4th class scrambling barrier wall (pictured), or optional walk off the south slope.
    • Where to meet: Donner Trail School, 52755 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
    • Event Leaders: Aaron Howse
    • Minimum / Maximum: Min. 2, Max. 8
    • What to bring: Mountain axe, crampons, helmet, harness, belay device, locking carabiners, prusik, snowshoes, headlamp, sturdy boots, poles, pack with water, food, jacket and appropriate layers. Ropes will be supplied by MAA, if you need loaner gear please make a request to the EL.
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

    For more information or questions about this climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.

    • 02/28/2019
    • 03/06/2019
    • Cody, WY
    • 0
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    Join MAA in Cody for a stellar week of back-country ice climbing. This area is famous for adventurous multi-pitch ice climbing in an amazing mountain setting. We'll operate from a bunkhouse - no camping, just plenty of ice! For those who are experienced ice lead climbers or can follow WI4 and WI5. Loaner gear is available to paid members. Maximum of 6 participants. Recommended ICE 3 or equivalent experience. 

    Screened Event: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified and can pay the expedition fee.

    DETAILS:

    • DATES: Tuesday, February 28th to Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
    • LOCATION: Cody, Wyoming, Double XX Diamond Ranch Bunkhouse
    • COST: bunkhouse $39 per night per person, $10 for linens, 10% discount for AAC members. Payable upon arrival. 
    • EVENT LEADERS: Paul Shaughnessy, Frederick Lorenz
    • MIN / MAX: 3/6
    • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, club loaner gear may be available (except footwear). Please let the event leader know if you need something
    • WHAT TO BRING: Warm boots, crampons, ice tools, harness, belay device, eye protection, biners, slings, any personal lead climbing or anchor building equipment, rope, cold weather clothing, shell layers, multiple socks and gloves, pack, sleeping bag, travel clothes.
    • MEDICAL: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • TRAVEL: Each person is responsible for their travel to the bunkhouse, either driving or flying. This will be coordinated as a group. 
    • LODGING: Bunkhouse is about an hour drive from Cody, and only a short drive from the ice climbing. Each person will pay for their own lodging upon arrival. 

    ITINERARY:

    • Thursday, February 28th: Arrive in Cody. Meet and proceed to bunkhouse, check in and prepare for the next 6 days.
    • Friday, March 1st - Tuesday, March 5th: Climbing multi-pitch back-country ice in teams of 2 or 3, return to the bunkhouse each night, or possibly drive into Cody.  
    • Wednesday, March 6th: Clean up, check out and proceed home. 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • Travel arrangements are separate. Flights can be arranged to Cody, remember winter time flights into Wyoming can be unreliable. Driving may also be hampered by winter storms and road closures.

    For more information or questions about this climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.

    • 03/05/2019
    • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
    • 99
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    Join a nationally certified MAA instructor live online for a conference call. Everyone is invited to join in the 30 minute discussion and Q & A on the topic. The training presentation will be briefly reviewed. If you are a paid member please view the corresponding online training videos prior. 

    DETAILS

    • This training discussion will review and answer questions about the knowledge and skills in ICE 1 and 2 - please watch the training video beforehand.
    • Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions!
    • For more information on the proposed annual schedule of training events, please see this document
    • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


    • 03/08/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • June Lake, Ca
    • 5
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    Join MAA members in June Lake for water ice climbing on top rope! Depending upon conditions, we'll climb at Horsetail Falls or Roadside Ice. Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Ice climbing at Horsetail Falls or Roadside Ice, in June Lake. Top rope belays. Horsetail Falls has a steep 1.5 mile approach, possible treacherous stream crossing.

    Where to meet: At the barriers at the end of the Hwy 158, near the power plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.

    Event Leader: Darren Shutt, 916-872-3399

    Minimum / Maximum: 3,10

    What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, belay device, warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, puffy, lunch, water, pack, trekking poles. Crampons and ice tools may be provided by MAA.

    Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    Additional Info: If conditions are not good or unsafe, this event may be cancelled or altered, even with very little notice. Driving on winter roads is hazardous, carry chains and plan extra time for travel.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
    • 03/09/2019
    • 03/14/2019
    • Moab, UT
    • 0
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    Join MAA for 4 days of rock climbing in Indian Creek, Utah. Indian Creek is an iconic climbing area in the northern part of the Bears Ears National Monument in the canyonlands area near Moab in Utah, that is renowned for its sandstone crack climbing. The majority of the climbs are single & multi-pitch trad routes in the 5.10-5.12 range, so proficiency in multi-pitch trad climbing (ROCK 8; follow or lead) on crack routes at a minimum 5.10 level is required for participation on this event. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Single & multi-pitch trad climbing at Indian Creek, UT. 
    • Where to meet: TBD
    • Event Leaders: Todd Martin (949-922-2253; todd@mountainascent.org), Kelvin Nguyen, kelvin@mountainascent.org
    • Minimum/Maximum: 2/8
    • What to bring: harness, helmet, rock shoes, trad gear, belay device, nut tool, 5 locking carabiners, cordellette, webbing, slings, prusik, jacket, food, water, approach shoes, overnight camping gear. 
    • Costs: Expedition fee of $200 per participant. This covers EL travel costs, MAA gear, etc. Registration is confirmed upon payment of expedition fee.
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Refund policy: Full refunds outside of 90 days, 50% refund between 30 and 90 days, no refund possible closer than 30 days.

    ITINERARY:

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
    • 03/15/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03/17/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Bridgeport, CA
    • 0
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    Join MAA on a winter ascent of Matterhorn Peak. This sharp granite peak is the king of the Sawtooth Range featuring a long couloir that leads to the summit spine. Proficiency in winter camping and climbing is required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Matterhorn Peak, 12,279, East Couloir route, Class 3, snow up to 45 degrees. Multi-day ascent, winter camping, off trail navigation. TH is at Twin Lakes at 7,000'. Approach is about 5 miles and gains about 4,000'.
    • Where to meet: At the entrance to Annette's Mono Village Resort at 9:00 a.m. near Bridgeport Ca. Take the Twin Lakes road to the end. 
    • Event Leader: Doug Harris
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4/8
    • What to bring: Warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body - 4 layers for upper and 3 layers for lower, minimum. 2 pair socks and gloves, warm mittens, warm headwear, sunglasses, goggles, gaiters. One runner or leash, harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe, food for 2 nights / 3 days, waterbottles with insulating sleeve, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snowshoes or skis, snow shovel. Equipment such as stove, pots, fuel and tents may be supplied by MAA. Bring what you have of these items and we'll select the group gear. Leave about 10 liters of space and up to 5 lbs for group gear. 
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: We'll be parking on the road outside the resort if the gates are not open. If we park in the resort, there may be a $10 fee.

    ITINERARY:

    • DAY 1: Friday March 15th - Meet at the entrance to Annette's Mono Village Resort at the end of Twin Lakes Road in Bridgeport, CA. Take care of gear, logistics. Walk to the TH and make the approx. 5 mile approach on snowshoes or skis, and establish basecamp near the base of Matterhorn Peak at about 10,600.
    • DAY 2: Saturday, March 16th - With an early start, ascend snow up the East Couloir to the summit spine, then scramble Class 3 rock to the summit. Descend to return to basecamp. 
    • DAY 3: Sunday, March 17th - Take down camp and return to the trailhead. Drive home. 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
    • 04/01/2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04/03/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Bunny Flat trailhead, Mt. Shasta
    • 0
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    Join MAA members on Mt. Shasta for an ascent of the intriguing Sargents Ridge. This ridge climb provides the full mountain experience of steep snow, some exposure, a variety of terrain and a 7,000' ascent over two days. Team members should have solid alpine snow climbing, self arrest and winter camping skills. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Sargents Ridge, steep snow (50 degrees) some exposure, 7,000' ascent, winter camping.
    • Where to meet: 8:00 Bunny Flat trailhead
    • Event Leader: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org, Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,12
    • What to bring: List will be sent in body of registration confirmation email
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: Shasta summit pass is required

    ITINERARY:

    • DAY 1: Meet and greet at Bunny Flat 8:00 am. Logistics. Ascend to basecamp on the ridge, dig in. Scout for tomorrow.
    • DAY 2: Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp
    • DAY 3: Weather / contingency day

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
    • 05/23/2019
    • 05/28/2019
    • Mt. Rainier
    • 0
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    Join MAA members for an exciting technical ascent of Mt. Rainier via the classic Liberty Ridge route. This climb provides the full mountain experience of glacier travel, steep snow, and high-altitude ice climbing (AI2-AI3) in a variety of terrain and a 10,000' ascent over several days. We will ascend via Liberty Ridge and descend via the Emmons glacier. This is a Grade IV very strenuous technical climb and team members should have solid skill and experience in the following: snow camping at high elevation, snow and alpine ice climbing (up to AI3) with a full pack (we will carry full packs up and over the summit), glacier travel, and self-arrest & crevasse rescue training. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Liberty Ridge, steep snow and ice (up to 60 degrees), glacier travel, 10,000' ascent, winter camping. Ascending via the Emmons glacier is an second option if conditions are not good on Liberty Ridge.
    • Where to meet: GuestHouse in Enumclaw (1000 Griffin Ave, Enumclaw WA 98022) We have a couple rooms (2 queen beds in each) reserved and the cost for these is included in the expedition fee. 
    • Event Leaders: Todd Martin 949-922-2253 todd@mountainascent.org, Frederick Lorenz
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3,6
    • What to bring: List will be sent in body of registration confirmation email
    • Costs: Expedition fee of $370 per participant. This covers EL costs that could include airfare, car rental, hotel, permits, MAA gear, etc. Registration is confirmed upon payment of expedition fee. Before arrival (after joining the expedition), each climber must pay the Mount Rainer Climbing Cost Recovery Fee; $50 as of Feb. 2019. Without an annual NPS parks pass entry to the park is $30/vehicle.
    • Refund policy: Full refunds outside of 90 days, 50% refund between 30 and 90 days, no refund possible closer than 30 days. 
    • Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: Rainier climbing pass is required. This needs to be obtained in advance of the trip and can be done here.

    ITINERARY:

    Prior: TBD expedition team conference call to coordinate logistics, and a training event, probably eastern Sierra.

    • DAY 1, Thursday, May 23rd: Travel to Seattle (target arrival 8pm or earlier)
    • DAY 2, Friday, May 24th: Hike to camp 1. 
    • DAY 3, Saturday, May 25th: Hike/climb to Thumb Rock.
    • DAY 4, Sunday, May 26th: Hike to summit / Camp Sherman
    • DAY 5, Monday, May 27th: Exit/Weather day.
    • DAY 6, Tuesday, May 28th: Depart Seattle Late (6pm or after)

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.



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