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    • 10/24/2020
    • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • Carson Pass on Hwy 88
    • 0
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    Join MAA members for an adventurous ridge traverse. As the monarch of the Carson Pass area near Tahoe, Round Top has three ridges the culminate in a 10,381 jagged summit. MAA has successfully climbed the West and North Ridges many times but has never completed the East Ridge. The idea of this trip is to attempt the East Ridge (without snow this time) and complete a full east-west traverse of the mountain. This will be exposed, loose climbing but is not 5th class. We'll bring a light rope and some safety equipment. Attendees should be comfortable with scrambling loose rock and serious exposure. Loaner gear may be available to paid members. Maximum of 8, recommended for those with excellent fitness and some mileage in the mountains.

    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

    • WHERE: Round Top Peak 10,381, near Carson Pass, at the top of Hwy 88.  
    • ROUTE: Ascend the East Ridge (Class 3-4, exposed, loose) to the summit then descend the West Ridge (Class 2). About 6 miles round trip, approx. 3,000' gain and loss. Possibility of light snow on the mountain.
    • EVENT LEADER: Darren Shutt
    • GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2, Maximum 8
    • CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should be able to hike 6 miles at 10,000 altitude with 30 pound pack, climb loose rock on an exposed ridge and be comfortable scrambling without protection. 
    • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the event leader know if you need something. 
    • FITNESS AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate. Be prepared for winds and potential cold temperatures.
    • MEDICAL: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after you’ve been accepted on the team.
    • GETTING THERE: Meet at 6 am at Carson Pass trail-head parking area. There is a restroom there but it may be locked. 
    • EMERGENCIES: 911, closest hospital is Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

    REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR

    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood
    • Socks
    • Gloves
    • Gaiters (optional)
    • Sunglasses
    • Warm hat and/or balaclava
    • Backpack (no larger than 45L)
    • High energy food, snacks and drinks
    • Water bottles or container system, 2 liters
    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries
    • Map and compass
    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • Small personal first aid kit
    • Optional items for consideration: altimeter, small knife or multi-tool, bandana
    • Mountaineering boots or approach shoes
    • Mountain axe or trekking poles, for stability on the slopes*
    • Lightweight alpine harness*
    • Climbing helmet*
    • 2 locking carabiners*
    • One tied or sewn runner / PAS, 48"*
    • Prusik*

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

    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 climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or darren@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.

      • 11/06/2020
      • 12:00 PM (PST)
      • 11/07/2020
      • 9:00 PM (PST)
      • Twin Lakes, near Bridgeport, CA
      • 0
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      Join MAA on a combo MTN 3 training and backcountry climb of this solitary sentinel. Seldom seen except by those traversing the Sawtooth Range, Blacksmith peak is a stunning blade of granite and the northern end of the High Sierra. We'll make the ascent over the course of 1.5 days, and also provide a chance to practice MTN 3 Expedition Mountaineering training concepts. Recommended for those already fit, ready to bivouac and familiar with multi-pitch alpine climbing. 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: Blacksmith Peak 11,760' S or SW Face, up to 5.8, Grade II. We approach and descend from this route partially on the Horse Creek Trail and the rest is cross country hiking and scrambling, crossing through the notch of The Cleaver and over Glacier Col. There is no established way up the class 3/4 South Face. We will strive for a challenging but straightforward trad line no harder than 5.8, and will rappel and/or downclimb. As an alternate objective Cleaver Peak is a shorter and easier and could be climbed from Glacier Col.

      Note: Even though it is a technically easy climb, the length, route finding, and uncertainty may make it a physically and mentally challenging climb. Since it is November we must be prepared for snow, cold, and less than ideal conditions, and we will adjust our ambition accordingly.

      Where to meet: Friday, November 6th at noon at Jolly Kone, Bridgeport, CA.

      Event Leader: Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399

      Minimum / Maximum: 2-6

      What to bring: Rock shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, three locking carabiners, PAS, cordellette, prusik, 40 liter or smaller pack, mountain boots, mountaineering crampons, mountain axe, trekking pole(s), bivy sack, sleeping bag, pad, sunglasses, personal items, appropriate layers, storm shells, gloves, map and compass, food, at least 2 liters of water, stove, fuel, pot (may be group gear). Bring your rack and ropes if you'd like to share them, and MAA will also provide ropes and gear. We will use shorter, lightweight ropes.

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

      ITINERARY

      • DAY 1, Friday November 6th: Meet at noon at the one and only Jolly Kone in Bridgeport, CA. We'll catch lunch then drive to the end of Twin Lakes road and sort gear. Starting at 7,200' we'll head up the trail on our way to the notch of The Cleaver. Somewhere along the way before dark we'll select a bivy site, enjoy a meal and catch a few winks. 
      • DAY 2, Saturday, November 7th: We'll stash our bivy gear and continue up to Glacier Col and drop down the other side to the start of the route at the foot of the south face. We'll climb up the face keeping the difficulties below 5.8, with a goal of reaching the 11,760' summit before noon. Downclimb and/or rappel back, pick up our bivy gear and reverse our path all the way back to the trailhead. Catch dinner in town! 

      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.


      • 11/07/2020
      • 7:30 AM (PST)
      • 11/08/2020
      • 5:30 PM (PST)
      • Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, NV
      • 0
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      Join MAA members in Red Rocks NV for two days of climbing and adventure! All are welcome. These dates will focus on top roping at roadside crags and an introduction to this mecca of sandstone climbing. Recommended for those with their own gear and familiar with belaying. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      What's happening: Fun top rope climbing at the best roadside crags. Potential areas include Calico Basin - Existential Wall, Cowlick Crag, RR scenic loop/ first pullout, second pullout - Ultraman Wall, Black Corridor, Magic Bus wall.

      Where to meet: Travel to and lodging in Las Vegas is up to individuals. Meet each day at Albertsons, 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 @ 7:30 am.

      Event Leader: Stephen Moeller (916) 969-9347

      Minimum / Maximum: 2-8

      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, map and compass, food, at least 2 liters of water. 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:

      • DAY 1, Saturday Nov. 7th: Meet at Albertsons on Charleston Blvd at 7:30. Sort gear, make plans for the day, head out. Get out of the park before dark.
      • DAY 2, Sunday, Nov. 8th: Meet at Albertsons on Charleston Blvd at 7:30. Make plans for the day, head out. Get out of the park before dark.  

      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.


      • 11/14/2020
      • 7:30 AM (PST)
      • 11/15/2020
      • 5:30 PM (PST)
      • Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, NV
      • 5
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      Join MAA members in Red Rocks for two days of multi-pitch climbing and adventure! These dates will focus on sampling the best of adventurous pitched climbing in these amazing canyons near Las Vegas. Recommended for those already fit and familiar with multi-pitch trad climbing, ideally able to lead trad at the 5.8 level. 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: Multi-pitch climbing at Red Rocks, up to three teams of two. Potential routes to climb include Angel Food Wall - 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: Travel and lodging in Las Vegas is up to individuals. Meet each day at Albertsons, 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 @ 7:30 am.

      Event Leader: Stephen Moeller (916) 969-9347

      Minimum / Maximum: 2-6

      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, at least 2 liters of water. 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:

      • DAY 1, Saturday Nov. 14th: Meet at Albertsons on Charleston Blvd at 7:30. Sort gear, make plans for the day, head out. Get out of the park before dark.
      • DAY 2, Sunday, Nov. 15th: Meet at Albertsons on Charleston Blvd at 7:30. Make plans for the day, head out. Get out of the park before dark.  

      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.


      • 02/19/2021
      • (PST)
      • 02/25/2021
      • (PST)
      • 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 beautiful log cabin - no camping, just plenty of ice! This event is geared for those who are experienced back-country ice climbers, can lead or follow at the WI4-WI5 level, and can handle 1-3 hour approaches. Loaner gear is available to paid members. Maximum of 6 participants. Recommended ICE 3 or equivalent experience such as the MAA Bozeman ice expedition (usually runs in December).

      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 with instructions to pay the expedition fee.

      DETAILS:

      • DATES: Friday, February 19th to Thursday, February 25th, 2021 (7 days: 2 days for travel and 5 for climbing)
      • LOCATION: Cody, Wyoming, Double Daimond X Ranch Cabin
      • COST: $750 per participant. This covers accommodations (cabin with kitchen) for 6 nights, airfare or mileage reimbursement to get the ELs and gear to Cody, and MAA operations and gear usage fee ($300)  
      • EVENT LEADERS: Paul Shaughnessy, Frederick Lorenz, Todd Martin
      • MIN / MAX: 3/9
      • REFUNDS: Full refunds are available 90 days before the trip date. Between 30 and 90 days, 50% refunds are possible. Less than 30 days, no refunds will be given.
      • 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 (sunny & cloudy days), 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 cabin, either driving or flying. This will be coordinated as a group. 
      • LODGING: Cabin is about an hour drive from Cody, and only a short drive from the ice climbing. Cost for the cabin is included in the expedition fee. 

      ITINERARY:

      • Friday, February 19th: Arrive in Cody. Meet and proceed to cabin, check in and prepare for the next 6 days.
      • Saturday, February 20th - Wednesday, February 24th: Climbing multi-pitch back-country ice in teams of 2 or 3, return to the cabin each night, or possibly drive into Cody.  
      • Thursday, February 25th: Clean up, check out and proceed home. 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • 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. 

      • 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.



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