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    • 08/05/2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 08/16/2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Adamant Range, BC Canada
    • 3
    Register

    Join MAA Members on a 12-day expedition to Adamant Mountain and neighboring peaks in the wild Northern Selkirks of BC Canada.  We'll climb stellar ice and rock routes on these remote, striking granite peaks, with base camps on the glaciers and the ACC hut. Routes will require a high degree of fitness and skills in all alpine disciplines - prior experience climbing glaciers and multi-pitch alpine rock / ice required. We are looking for a team of 8 stoked climbers to join us. This is MAA's capstone mountaineering expedition for 2024 - none longer or more awesome! Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please register to express your interest. ELs will interview and select each team members based on their fit for the expedition, teamwork, climbing proficiency and experience. If you have an interest, please join the list!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: 12 days of stellar alpine climbing a rich array of objectives in the Northern Selkirk Adamant Range mountains, centered around Adamant Mountain, and including Turret Peak, Austerity Mountain, The Ironman, Pioneer Peak, The Blackfriars, The Gothics, and Sentinel Peak.  Climbing ice, rock and snow routes up to Grade V, AI4, 5.9. Glacier travel, alpine ice climbing, backcountry and glacial navigation and camping. Rock is very good - all granite - and there will be opportunities for all disciplines of climbing, often on the same route (snow, glacier, ice, rock, altitude, even aid, etc.). This is a very remote area, so wilderness ethic and risk considerations will be matched. Like most parties, we will helicopter in and out, in order to bring all we need and spend more time climbing and less time bushwhacking! A comfortable basecamp on the Granite Glacier or the Austerity Glacier, and ACC hut lodging in the middle of the trip. Loaner gear may be available.
    • Potential north / east side routes: Adamant North Ridge via Kaufmann Variation, 5.5, AI3, Grade III, Austerity Standard Route 5.4, AI3, Grade III, Austerity East Face, 5.6, AI3, Grade III, Austerity NE "Nester" Ridge, 5.7, AI3, Aid, Grade IV, Pioneer Peak NE Ridge 5.8, AI2, Grade III.
    • Potential west side routes: Ironman, Gothics, Adamant SW Buttress, Blackfriars Peak North Couloir (unknown)
    • Where to meet: Golden, BC Canada
    • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, Kelvin Nguyen
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3,8
    • Participant Cost: Estimated to be $900 per person. This pays for helicopter rides to and from, ACC hut lodging, EL travel, and group gear.  
    • Skills Requirements: Participants should be experienced in and know how to climb, traverse and rescue on glacial terrain, climb multi-pitch ice / alpine ice, climb fifth class rock in mountaineering boots, lead belay, rappel, and clean ice and rock protection, as well as backcountry and glacial travel and camping. 
    • What to bring: Warm technical ice climbing boots, sharp ice crampons, a pair of sharp technical ice tools, mountain axe, harness, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, 2 slings, prusik, Tibloc or Micro traxion, a snow picket, 16 cm ice screw, PAS, helmet, base layers, mid layers, shell layers, puffy with hood, 2 pair socks, gloves, mountain glasses, 20-40 liter alpine climbing pack, 40-60 liter load hauling pack, sleeping bag, mat, tent, food for 12 days, 2 liter water carrying capacity, trekking poles, map, compass, strong headlamp with extra batteries, a few shovels and glacier wands for the group. Each person will carry crevasse rescue gear. MAA may supply some or all of the group technical equipment, ropes, tents, group shelter, stoves, and fuel.
    • Travel and gear coordination: International travel to Canada requires a valid passport. Flying or driving are both OK. We'll make travel and gear arrangements on the shared group spreadsheet. Please plan at least a day for travel before and after the official dates. 
    • Exact helicopter prices are still being secured. Fares are approximately $650 for the round trip flight if we have 8 people.  
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    POTENTIAL ITINERARY:

    • PRIOR: We will arrange gear and logistics online and on a conference call TBD, will communicate with registrants.
    • DAY 0 - Sunday, August 4th: Travel day to Golden BC. 
    • DAY 1 - Monday, August 5th: Gather in Golden in the early morning. Helicopter to 8,000' on the Granite Glacier on the north side of the Adamants. Dig in basecamp, settle in
    • DAY 2 - Tuesday, August 6th: Recon / acclimatize. Get a first look at conditions and opportunities. Check out passes and climb an easy peak close by.
    • DAY 3 - Wednesday, August 7th: Climb the North Ridge of Adamant Mountain and return to basecamp. 
    • DAY 4 - Thursday, August 8th: Rest or contingency day
    • DAY 5 - Friday, August 9th: Climb the Standard Route, Nester Ridge, or East Face of Austerity, rappel down the Austerity / Ironman Col to scout possible way over to the Austerity Glacier. Return to basecamp.
    • DAY 6 - Saturday, August 10th:  Move basecamp over to the Austerity Glacier via the Thor Pass / Blackfriar Col route, or over the Austerity / Ironman Col.
    • DAY 7 - Sunday, August 11th: Climb Adamant SW Buttress.
    • DAY 8 - Monday, August 12th: Rest or contingency day
    • DAY 9 - Tuesday, August 13th: Climb Blackfriars North Couloir or The Ironman SW Buttress.
    • DAY 10 - Wednesday, August 14th: Climb Blackfriars North Couloir or The Ironman SW Buttress.
    • DAY 11 - Thursday, August 15th: Contingency day. Prepare for pickup tomorrow.
    • DAY 12 - Friday, August 16th: Helicopter pickup in the morning to return to Golden. Celebratory dinner! 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

    • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

    • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

    • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

    • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

    • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

    • 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 at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.



    • 11/04/2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • 11/08/2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, NV
    • 22
    Register

    Join MAA members in Red Rocks for five days of rad climbing and adventure! These dates will focus on sampling the best of adventurous pitched climbing in these amazing sandstone canyons near Las Vegas. We'll focus on trad multi-pitch, which is what Red Rocks is known for. Recommended for those already fit and familiar with multi-pitch trad climbing, ideally able to lead trad at the 5.8 level. We have a reserved group campsite with room for 20, so everyone is invited!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Multi-pitch climbing at Red Rocks, in teams of 2 or 3. Potential routes to climb include Johnny Vegas 5.7, 3 pitches, and link up with Solar Slab 5.6, 6 pitches, Cat in the Hat 5.5, 4 pitches, Tunnel Vision - 5.6/7, 6 pitches. Group Therapy - 5.7, 6 pitches. Purblind Pillar - 5.8, 6 pitchesRose Tower - Olive Oil- 5.7, 5 pitches. Also, some top roping and sport climbing as desired. 

    Where to meet: Red Rock Canyon Campground group campsite G-Big Horn Group Site Monday, October 24th. This is only 3 miles from the main entrance and just outside Las Vegas, NV. Please carpool.

    Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399

    Minimum / Maximum: 10-20

    Campground information: Site will hold maximum of 20. Maximum 8 vehicles, please carpool. Entrance / gate code is 2102. Everyone will be asked to contribute to help cover the $308 camping fee.

    What to bring: Rock shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, three locking carabiners, PAS, prusik, climbing pack, approach shoes / mountain boots, sunglasses, personal items, layers, storm shell, food for 5 days, capacity for at least 2 liters of water, tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, fuel, pots, trekking poles, first aid kit. Bring your trad rack and ropes if you have them.

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

    ITINERARY:

    • TBD: We'll have a team conference call to discuss details and arrange carpooling.
    • DAY 1, Monday Nov. 4th: Arrival and setting up camp. You can check in as early as 3:00 pm. Group dinner at 6:00 pm, making plans for the next few days.
    • DAYS 2-4, Tuesday, Nov. 5th through Thursday, Nov. 7th: Head out early, climb hard, and get out of the park before dark.
    • DAY 5, Friday, Nov. 8th: Check out 11:00 am. Another day of climbing or heading home.  

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

    • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

    • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

    • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

    • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

    • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

    • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

    • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

    • 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 at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.


    • 01/23/2025
    • 8:00 AM
    • 01/25/2025
    • 5:00 PM
    • Donner Peak / Coldstream Canyon, Truckee CA
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join us for a winter mountaineering and ice climbing event! This one-of-a-kind event is three solid days exploring and climbing snow, rock and ice: winter mountaineering, camping and summitting Donner Peak, then moving into the backcountry to camp at and climb the fantastic ice routes at Coldstream Canyon. This will provide valuable training and experience for all mountain pursuits. All members are welcome, but recommended for those with some winter camping and cold weather mountaineering 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.

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Combination training and comprehensive winter climbing event conducted at Donner peak and Coldstream Canyon near Truckee, CA. Training will be: MTN 2 - Winter navigation, travel on skis or snowshoes, camping, weather and avalanche safety, winter climbing on rock and snow with crampons, rappelling in winter conditions, and reviewing self arrest. SNOW 2 - Climbing and descending steep snow, snow protection and anchors. ICE 1 - Steep water ice climbing techniques and ice anchors / protection. 
    • Objectives: Winter ascent of Donner peak 8,019' via the N. Ridge, pioneering a direct route from Donner Peak to Coldstream Canyon, and top-rope ice climbing WI3/4 90' and 160' routes.
    • Logistics: We'll first establish camp on the N. Ridge of Donner Peak less than a mile from the cars, then move approx. 3 miles into the backcountry to camp at the foot of the ice cliffs in Coldstream Canyon. 
    • Where to meet:  At the public winter parking at the top of Old Donner Pass (Lincoln Highway), just east of the entrance to Sugar Bowl, near the Summit Haus building.
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt 916-872-3399
    • Minimum / Maximum: 2/10
    • What to bring: Crampons, boots, gaiters, mountain axe, ice tools, skis / snowshoes, poles w/ snow baskets, harness, helmet, belay device, 2 locking carabiners, a sling or PAS, winter layers (insulating base and mid layer(s), waterproof jacket / pants, puffy), 2 pairs socks and gloves, warm beanie, meals for 3 days, 4-season tent, closed-cell foam sleeping pad, inflatable pad, sleeping bag rated below freezing, snow shovel, headlamp, mug, spoon, stove, fuel, pot, personal items. Ropes, ice tools, ice / rock protection and other technical equipment provided by MAA. Camping equipment can be shared among participants. Loaner gear may be available, please make prior arrangements with EL. 
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    ITINERARY 

    • DAY 1, Thursday Jan. 23rd: Gather in the morning at the parking area for meet and greet, sorting gear, reviewing logistics and safety. Make the short ascent to the N. Ridge and dig camp. Climb Donner Peak via the N. Ridge. Work on winter mountaineering skills such as climbing snow / rocks with boots and a pack, and rappelling off the summit. Return to camp for a cozy night out! This day is also an excellent shake down before heading to Coldstream.
    • DAY 2, Friday, Jan. 24th: Pack up and snowshoe / ski a direct backcountry route over Donner Peak and down to Coldstream Canyon. Work on navigation and snow safety en route. Dig in camp at the base of the ice routes. Establish routes and ice climb until dark (or beyond...night ice climbing w/headlamps anyone?). 
    • DAY 3, Saturday, Jan. 25th: Continue ice climbing and instruction for most of the day. Pack camp and trek back up to Donner Peak and back to the cars.   

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

    • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

    • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

    • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

    • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

    • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

    • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

    • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

    • 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 at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

      • 07/28/2025
      • 6:00 AM
      • 08/06/2025
      • 10:00 PM
      • Robson Provincial Park, BC Canada
      • 0
      Registration is closed

      Mt. Robson 2025 Expedition BC Canada

      Join Apex Members to climb the Kain Face on the Monarch of the Canadian Rockies. At 12,972 with the infamous 9,000' high Emperor Face, bristling with glaciers and unrivalled in majesty, Mt. Robson is the undisputed "high point" of the Canadian Rockies and has always been a place of challenging yet amazing alpine climbing. We'll basecamp at the Dome and climb the historic Kain Face route, with options to also climb Mt. Resplendent and The Helmet as conditions dictate. 

      This is a serious expedition with two mandatory team skills training dates prior to departure and will require a high degree of fitness. Prior experience climbing glaciers and multi-pitch ice or alpine ice required. 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 shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Climbing on Mt. Robson 12,972' with basecamp near the Dome 10,072' on the Robson Glacier. Glacier travel, alpine ice climbing, backcountry and glacial navigation and camping. Up to two rope teams of three. Kain Face route is rated D, AI3, 50 degrees, and we will descend the same route either downclimbing or rappelling off V-thread anchors. There is the likelihood of climbing low 5th class broken rock with full packs and mountaineering boots on the Resplendent - Robson ridge if the Robson Glacier "Mousetrap" is too hazardous to attempt. All ascents will take between 10-16 hours, all will involve early alpine starts. Freezing temperatures, snowstorms, and hazardous conditions will always be present (and even a likelihood) on a mountain as large as Robson. Summit success rate is 50% at it's best, some years only 10%, depending upon conditions. Prior mandatory glacier and ice climbing training in January and May 2024. Loaner gear may be available.
      • Where to meet: Robson Provincial Park, BC Canada
      • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, Kelvin Nguyen
      • Minimum / Maximum: 3,6
      • Travel and gear coordination: International travel to Canada requires a valid passport and proof of COVID immunization. Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.
      • Skills Requirements: Participants should be experienced in and know how to traverse and rescue on glacial terrain, climb 65-degree muti-pitch alpine ice with two tools, climb fifth class rock in mountaineering boots, lead belay, rappel, and clean ice and rock protection, as well as backcountry and glacial travel and camping. 
      • What to bring: Warm technical ice climbing boots, sharp ice crampons, a pair of sharp technical ice tools, harness, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, 2 slings, prusik, Tibloc or Micro traxion, a snow picket, 16 cm ice screw, PAS, helmet, base layers, mid layers, shell layers, puffy with hood, 2 pair socks, gloves, mountain glasses, 40 - 60 liter climbing pack, sleeping bag, mat, tent, food for 6 days, 2 liter water carrying capacity, trekking poles, map, compass, strong headlamp with extra batteries, a few shovels and glacier wands for the group. Each person will carry crevasse rescue gear. MAA may supply some or all of the group technical equipment, ropes, tents, stoves, and fuel.
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

      ITINERARY:

      • PRIOR: Multi-pitch ice climbing training January 2025 and glacier travel and rescue training on Mt. Shasta Hotlum Left Ice Gully May 2025, exact dates TBD. We will arrange gear and logistics online and on a conference call TBD, will communicate with registrants.
      • DAY 1 - Monday, July 28th: Meet at the trailhead and finalize logistics. Hike approx. 13 miles to Berg Lake campsites, or further to camp at the foot of the Robson Glacier.
      • DAY 2 - Tuesday, July 29th: Ascend the Robson Glacier to view option to go through the "Mousetrap." If that is out of shape then we will ascend to the Robson / Resplendent col and traverse the exposed low-5th class broken ridge and upper glacier. This may involve roped protected climbing and rappelling, all with full packs. We'll establish basecamp at the Dome 10,072' on the Robson Glacier, at the foot of the Kain Face.
      • DAY 3 - DAY 5, Wednesday, July 30th - Friday, August 1st: 3 days to rest, acclimate, climb and descend the Kain Face to the summit of Robson, weather being agreeable. Exact itinerary depends upon conditions, weather, and our team. Other routes we can climb from the same base camp are the Ice Arete (AD, 5.4) on Resplendent and the SE Ridge (PD+) on The Helmet.  
      • DAY 6 - Saturday, August 2nd: Break camp and head home.
      • August 3rd - 6th is set aside as contingency dates for the mountain. If we accomplish our objective we have other mountains in mind. 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

      • This event is open to all Apex members only. 

      • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

      • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

      • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

      • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

      • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

      • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

      • 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 at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.





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