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    • 10/09/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, California
    • 5
    Register

    ROCK 6: TRADITIONAL LEAD ROCK CLIMBING free training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an advanced level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Skills and ability required for lead climbing

    • How best to select, place and assess gear on lead

    • Belaying a leader

    • Belaying followers

    • Strategic racking, clipping, and cleaning

    • Review building multi-point belay anchors

    • Rappelling from an anchor

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org

    DURATION: 8 hours

    MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Water bottles or container system

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Boots or approach shoes

    • Rock shoes*

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • 4 locking carabiners*

    • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

    • Auto-locking belay device*

    • Prusik cord

    • Any of your own rock protection and runners

    *If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve. Please contact the event leader.

    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.

    For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leader.

    • 10/18/2021
    • 3:00 PM
    • 10/22/2021
    • 11:00 AM
    • Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, NV
    • 2
    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 long 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 5.9 level. We have reserved a group campsite with room for 20, so everyone is invited!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Multi-pitch climbing at Red Rocks, up to three teams of two. Potential routes to climb include Johnny Vegas 5.7, 3 pitches, and link up with Solar Slab 5.6, 6 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. One-Armed Bandit - 5.7, 5 pitches. Rose Tower Original Route - 5.7 5 pitches.

    Where to meet: Red Rock Canyon Campground group campsite "A" for dinner Monday October 18th. 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 $248 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:

    • PRIOR: We'll have a team conference call to discuss details and arrange carpooling, TBD
    • DAY 1, Monday Oct. 18th: 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, Oct. 19th - Thursday Oct. 21st: Head out early, climb hard, and get out of the park before dark.
    • DAY 5, Friday Oct. 22nd: 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.


    • 11/15/2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • 11/18/2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Indian Cove Campground, Joshua Tree NP
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Joshua Tree Rock Climbing! Meet up with other MAA members for 4 days of sublime desert rock top roping and leading! Bring your rock mojo, your trad gear and rad climbing skills! We'll climb in small groups at different areas in the park each day. Recommended for those with some rock climbing experience who can belay safely, and especially for experienced trad leaders. We have reserved a group campsite with room for up to 15, so come on out!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Traditional rock climbing on the amazing monzogranite desert rock at Joshua Tree NP. Exact crag(s) and groups will be determined prior to each day. Mostly single pitch top rope climbing on crack and slab, and other interesting features. Leading on sport and trad routes possible with proven experience and on the discretion of the EL. 
    • Where to meet / lodging: Group campsite #9, Indian Cove Campground, tent camping. Provided picnic tables and a fire pit. We have room for 15 people but only 7 vehicles - carpooling is very important! We will coordinate prior to the event.
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt 916-872-3399
    • Minimum / Maximum: 2/15
    • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, approach shoes, belay device, 2 locking carabiners, a sling or PAS, jacket, lots of water, food for 5 days, tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, fuel, pots, personal items. Bring your own rack and slings if you intend to lead or mock lead (on the discretion of the EL). Ropes and technical equipment provided by MAA. 
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    ITINERARY

    • PRIOR: Team conference call to coordinate travel and discuss details, date TBD.
    • DAY 1, Monday Nov. 15th: Gather at Indian Cove Group Campsite #9 any time after 12:00 pm. Climbing in the campground. Group dinner, making plans for the rest of the week. 
    • DAYS 2-3, Tuesday, Nov. 16th - Wednesday, Nov. 17th: Each day we'll break out into a few smaller groups and carpool into the park in the early morning. We'll be out climbing all day, probably meeting up in town for dinner, showers, supplies, etc. then back to camp to sleep under the desert stars again. 
    • DAY 4, Thursday, Nov. 18th: Check out at noon, more climbing or driving 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.

      • 04/04/2022
      • 4:00 PM
      • 04/09/2022
      • 8:00 AM
      • Smith Rock State Park and Mt. Hood, OR
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Join MAA members on an awesome 2-for-1 expedition to Mt. Hood and Smith Rock, Oregon. This iconic volcano should be on every climber's list - and Smith Rock is equally and amazing in a very different way. We'll spend 6 days in Oregon with 2-3 days camping on Hood to attempt the Leuthold Couloir and the Reid Headwall, and at the beginning and end of the trip relax on the many interesting routes at Smith. Expedition recommended for members who are proficient with self-arrest and roped snow climbing on steep, icy snow and experienced in outdoor rock climbing. Dates are flexible, you can come for all or a portion of the week. Loaner gear will 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 shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified by email.

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: 6-day expedition focused on climbing Mt. Hood 11,239', Leuthold Couloir route and the Reid Headwall, approx. 5,400 ft. ascent, snow and ice to 55 degrees, exposure. Bookending the trip we'll be enjoying the many amazing sport and trad routes at Smith. We are heading up at the beginning of the season to get optimally frozen conditions on Hood and experience a few night camping on the mountain, where we can have ready access to the best steep snow and ice routes on the west side. Additionally, it will be cooler down in the desert at Smith in April. 
      • Where to meet: 6:00 pm Monday, April 4th at the climber's bivy campground at Smith Rock State Park. It is $8 per night to stay there.
      • Volunteer Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org
      • Minimum / Maximum: 2/10
      • Skills and Fitness Requirements: Ability to snow climb 3,000' in 4-6 hours in freezing temperatures, proficient and practiced self-arrest ability, experience climbing steep snow and ice with two tools in a rope team, experience belaying.
      • Travel Coordination: We'll make arrange logistics for flying or driving in March. It is possible to fly into Redmond, which is very close to Smith. We can arrange pickup and drop off at the airport.
      • 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, headlamp, sunglasses, goggles, gaiters. Harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe with leash or runner to connect to harness, second tool, food, waterbottles, trekking pole(s). Bring camping gear such as tent, sleeping bag, pad. For Smith Rock bring rock shoes, belay device, carabiners, chalk, rock pro and rope if you have it.
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

      ITINERARY:

      • PRIOR: Travel and expedition coordination conference call, TBD in March 2022.
      • DAY 1: Monday, April 4th: Meet at the climber's bivy campground tables for dinner, planning and logistics.
      • DAYS 2-4: Tuesday, April 5th - Friday April 8th: As dictated by weather and interest, climbing on Mt. Hood or climbing at Smith Rock. 
      • HOOD: We will drive up to Timberline Lodge in the morning, about 2 hrs. At the climber's cave we'll obtain our permit and blue bags. We'll start up the South Side route and veer left by Illumination Rock to set up camp for the next two or three days. When climbing Leuthold, we'll begin at midnight to descend to the glacier then begin the ascent up Leuthold in teams of three. Climb the couloir placing protection as necessary. Summit by 10:00 am, descend the Southside route back to camp. Reid Headwall routes will be a similar itinerary. When we head down it should take about 2 hours and we can be back in the Timberline Lodge parking area in time to make the drive back to Smith Rock and bivy there again.
      • SMITH: Depending upon weather and interest, we may climb at Smith on Tuesday or Friday, or both. All climbing days will start from the bivy campground. 
      • DAY 5: Saturday, May 8th: 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. Circumstances beyond the leader's control 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.

      • 05/23/2022
      • 6:00 AM
      • 05/28/2022
      • 10:00 PM
      • Independence, CA
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Join MAA for a week of multi-pitch alpine rock and snow climbing on two mighty fourteeners: Mt. Williamson and Mt. Tyndall. This combo climbing and super training event will allow us to climb high alpine routes on two 14,000+ mountains from the same basecamp over the course of 6 days, as well as provide excellent on-mountain training in ROCK 7,8 and SNOW 3,4. Participants will need to be experienced in alpine rock and steep snow climbing, experience with leading recommended. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for up to nine expedition members. 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 by email. 

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Early season climbing fourteeners Mt. Williamson 14,375 (second highest peak in CA), and Mt. Tyndall 14,018, via a host of multi-pitch easy and moderate traditional alpine rock routes or scrambling routes, all with snow approaches and descents. We'll be climbing with daypacks containing crampons, a mountain axe and our gear. Routes vary from 5-9 pitches, most are approx. 1,000' ascents. Mountain travel and camping, mostly in snow, in a remote area. 6 total days to allow for travel, acclimatization, climbing days, training days, rest days, and weather contingency.
      • Routes Options: On Mt. Williamson we are looking at the North Rib IV, 5.7, North Arete III, 5.4, and the descent route, West Face Class 3. On Mt. Tyndall we are looking at the North Rib Class 3, East Face East Pillar II, 5.6, East Gully III, 5.8 and NW Ridge Class 2.  
      • Cost: This event is free for all MAA members and the general public who can register to become MAA members for free.
      • Where to meet: 6:00 am, town of Independence, CA. Monday May 23rd.
      • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, 916-872-3399
      • Minimum / Maximum: 3,9
      • Required Skills and Fitness: Please take training for this event seriously! Solid cardio fitness to hike 12 miles and approx. 6,000 feet gain with a heavy pack in a single, long day to basecamp on Day 1. Then climbing big alpine rock and snow routes for a few days, and completing the descent 12 miles back to the TH at the end of the week. Proficient snow climbing and self-arrest, proficient multi-pitch rock climbing, scrambling, lead belaying, following and cleaning, rappelling, and mountain travel and camping on snow for 6 days. 
      • 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. Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, lightweight crampons, ice axe, 15-30 liter climbing pack and 50 - 75 liter main pack, 3-season mountain boots compatible with your crampons, food for 6 days, capacity for 2 liters of water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp with extra batteries, trekking pole(s), bear canister, spoon, bowl, first aid kit, personal items. Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be decided on the conference call ahead of time, or decided at the trailhead. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

      ITINERARY:

      • PRIOR: Expedition Conference Call in April 2022, exact dates TBD
      • DAY 1 - Monday, May 23rd: Meet in Independence at 6:00 a.m. for logistics and finalize preparations. Drive to Symmes Creek TH, park. Hike all 12 miles up Shepherd Pas and down into Williamson Bowl to set up basecamp, hopefully before nightfall. 
      • DAY 2, Tuesday, May 24th:  All teams will rest, continue acclimatizing, and review multi-pitch climbing techniques and scout routes, approaches and descent
      • DAY 3 - 5, Wednesday, May 25th - Friday, May 27th: Climbing in various teams on selected routes each day, starting at first light and climbing until close to darkness. Return to camp each evening, rest, prep for tomorrow. Repeat!
      • DAY 6, Saturday, May 28th: Break camp early, descend all the way back to trailhead, celebratory dinner in Independence, and drive home that night or next morning.

      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.



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