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    • 01/20/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Flaming Grill Cafe 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150 (Inside Country Club Plaza) Sacramento, CA 95825
    • 14
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    Join us for a presentation on "Making the Transition to Mountaineering." Everyone is invited for a bite to eat and interactive multimedia presentation at the Flaming Grill Cafe near our retail partner Bobcat's Adventure Sports in Sacramento. The presentation is aimed at helping enthusiasts already familiar with backpacking, rock climbing, or peak bagging to make the leap into technical mountaineering without getting in over your head! We'll go into the skills, gear, and information you need to get started with technical mountain climbing this year. Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions! Maximum 40, pre-registration only, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.

    DETAILS

    • Please register to attend - we have room for only 40 MAA members.
    • FREE for Apex members, $10 for Base members and $20 for Associate members - you can become an MAA member here.
    • Please order before 8:30 pm, presentation will start about 8:45 and end about 9:30 pm.
    • At the Flaming Grill Cafe in the Country Club Plaza, located at 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95825
    • Bobcat's Adventure Sports will be open before and after the event to check out gear, rentals and purchase!
    • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


    • 01/24/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Lee Vining, California
    • 0
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    ICE 1: WATER ICE CLIMBING and ICE 2: WATER ICE LEAD CLIMBING combo training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a experienced MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an beginning level or intermediate level ice climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. Maximum of 8.

    For Apex members onlyupgrade as a renewal here. You can attend either training on the same day. Please indicate on your registration and the class will be adjusted accordingly.

    We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 1:

    • Top rope steep water ice climbing

    • Ice tool technique

    • Crampon footwork technique

    • Crampon footwork technique

    • Top-rope belaying
    • Climbing communication

    • Lowering on top rope

    • Resting on route

     We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 2:
    • Lead climbing or mock lead climbing on water ice

    • Placing, assessing, clipping and cleaning ice screws

    • Building and assessing multi-point ice anchors

    • Refined ice climbing technique

    • Strategy, resting, and picking a line

    • Racking and preparation

    • Lead belaying

    • Route planning

    FOR: All Apex members who have viewed the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile. Ideally you will have done at least 50 top rope climbs before attempting to lead. 

    EVENT LEADER: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, (916) 872-3399

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: At the Mobil Station at the junction of Hwy 120 and Hwy 395, just outside Lee Vining, CA.

    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, 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 and/or mittens

    • Gaiters

    • Sunglasses

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava

    EQUIPMENT

    • Backpack - save space for group gear

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

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

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Ice climbing or mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Ice tools*

    • 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

    • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*

    • 16” loop of 4-5mm cord as a prusik*

    • Cordellette or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*

    • Auto locking belay device*

    • Ropes, ice protection, slings* (may be group gear)

    *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 for current APEX members only

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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 training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.


    • 02/03/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 96
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    APEX Members Conference Call

    All current Apex members are invited to join the MAA President online in an open format video conference call. We'll discuss our current and future events, visit relevant topics, and answer any questions you may have about anything relevant to MAA. This call joins the online training call, immediately following. Hope you'll join us!

    Details:

    • When you register the call-in information will be sent in the registration confirmation email 
    • Calls typically last about 15 minutes, and are exclusively for Apex members.
    • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • We may share images, maps and route descriptions so having the ability to see presented items is recommended.
    • You are not required to send live video of yourself - that is optional.

    • 02/03/2020
    • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 92
    Register

    Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on ICE 1, ICE 2, ICE 3 and MTN 2. Everyone is invited to join in this interactive 45 minute discussion and Q & A session. The training video presentations will be briefly reviewed. To get the most out of the session and be best prepared to participate please view the training videos prior.

    DATE: February 3rd, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    TO REGISTER:

    TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

    • ICE 1 - Water Ice Climbing - Top-rope ice climbing instruction and practice. Top-rope belaying, communication, lowering on top rope, review knots, parallel and alternating progression techniques, resting, crampon footwork technique, ice tool technique, top rope steep water ice. 
    • ICE 2 - Water Ice Lead Climbing - Single-pitch water ice lead climbing instruction and practice from the ground up. Lead belaying, route planning, racking, ice climbing tips and techniques, placing, assessing and clipping ice screws, following and cleaning, building and assessing multi-point ice anchors.
    • ICE 3 - Multi-Pitch and Mixed Ice Lead Climbing - Instruction and practice in water / glacier ice, mixed and multi-pitch lead climbing, using micro-pitches. Focus on efficient transitions, gear and racking for multi-pitch, climbing in teams of three, using twin ropes and half ropes. Principles of climbing snow and ice at altitude, with bivy packs, belaying considerations, V-thread and A-thread rappel anchors, lowering in guide mode, kiwi coil, and climbing rock with crampons and ice tools.
    • MTN 2 - Winter Mountaineering - Day 1: Winter Mountaineering. Winter climbing, camping and travel skills, advanced map and compass navigation in winter or glacier terrain, review prior navigation techniques, snow camping skills, snow shelters including caves, quinzhees, hybrid shelter and tents, winter sleep system considerations, drying out gear, preventing cold injuries, food and nutrition for winter, obtaining water in winter, physical training tips, and winter mountaineering gear, clothing and equipment. Day 2: Winter mountaineering peak ascent. Scrambling mixed, snowy terrain with boots and pack, staying dry, fueled and hydrated in challenging conditions, climbing steep fixed lines, rappelling, rappel anchor options, practice winter navigation to and from a peak, snowshoes or skis may be needed.

    SESSION INFORMATION:

    • Call in details will be sent in a confirmation email upon registration
    • To view all MAA training courses and disciplines, please reference this document
    • 02/17/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Flaming Grill Cafe 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150 (Inside Country Club Plaza) Sacramento, CA 95825
    • 19
    Register

    Join us for a presentation on Winter Climbing. Everyone is invited for a bite to eat and interactive multimedia presentation at the Flaming Grill Cafe near our retail partner Bobcat's Adventure Sports in Sacramento. The presentation is intended for current or prospective mountaineers who would like to expand into climbing peaks year-round. We'll get into the skills, gear, and information you need to successfully summit despite the harsh weather, conditions and requirements of technical winter mountaineering. Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions! Maximum 40, pre-registration only, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.

    DETAILS

    • Please register to attend - we have room for only 40 MAA members.
    • FREE for Apex members, $10 for Base members and $20 for Associate members - you can become an MAA member here.
    • Please order before 8:30 pm, presentation will start about 8:45 and end about 9:30 pm.
    • At the Flaming Grill Cafe in the Country Club Plaza, located at 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95825
    • Bobcat's Adventure Sports will be open before and after the event to check out gear, rentals and purchase!
    • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


    • 02/22/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • June Lake, California
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    ICE 2: WATER ICE LEAD CLIMBING and ICE 3: MULTI-PITCH AND MIXED ICE CLIMBING combo training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with an experienced MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an intermediate or advanced level ice climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events.

    For Apex members onlyupgrade as a renewal here. You can attend either training on the same day. Please indicate on your registration and the class will be adjusted accordingly. 

    We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 2:

    • Lead climbing or mock lead climbing on water ice

    • Placing, assessing, clipping and cleaning ice screws

    • Building and assessing multi-point ice anchors

    • Refined ice climbing technique

    • Strategy, resting, and picking a line

    • Racking and preparation

    • Lead belaying

    • Route planning

    For those who attend ICE 3 we'll do the following:
    • Climbing in teams of two and three
    • Using twin ropes and half ropes
    • Gear and racking for multi-pitch

    • V-thread and A-thread rappel anchors

    • Efficient transitions

    • Climbing snow and ice at altitude and with bivy packs

    • Anchor building with all available protection

    • Belaying options and considerations

    • Lowering in guide mode

    • Climbing rock with crampons and ice tools

    • Route planning and strategy

    FOR: All Apex 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, (916) 872-3399

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: At the end of the road, Highway 158, in June Lake.

    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, 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 and/or mittens

    • Gaiters

    • Sunglasses

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava

    EQUIPMENT

    • Backpack - save space for group gear

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

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

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Ice climbing or mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Ice tools*

    • 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

    • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*

    • 16” loop of 4-5mm cord as a prusik*

    • Cordellette or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*

    • Auto locking belay device*

    • Ropes, ice protection, slings* (may be group gear)

    *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 for current APEX members only.

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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 training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.


    • 02/22/2020
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Carson Pass Sno-Park
    • 5
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    Join MAA members on Round Top for a winter ascent of the West Ridge. This moderate 3rd class ridge route is scenic and popular, going directly to the summit. In winter it is an adventurous route; plan for cold, windy conditions. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Round Top West Ridge, Class 3 scramble, moderately steep snow, possible wind. 3 miles approach, 1,800 feet elevation gain total to summit.

    Route: Climb southwest to the ridge between Round Top and the Sisters. Gain the west ridge and continue to the gash just below the summit. Skirt right and descend to a Class 3 gully on the south side, then climb that to the summit, topping out by noon. Descend the same way and return to the trailhead, depart around 5 pm. 

    Where to meet: Carson Pass Sno-Park trailhead 7:30 am.

    Event Leader: John Vanek

    Minimum / Maximum: 3/8

    What to bring: Layered clothing appropriate for winter climbing including shell layers, snowshoes, mountain boots, ice axe, helmet, gaiters, 30 - 50 liter backpack, trekking poles, 10 essentials. 

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

    Additional Info: There is a mandatory Sno-Park pass fee of $5 per day to park here, or $25 season pass.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • 02/28/2020
    • 03/05/2020
    • 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 cabin - 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 with instructions to pay the expedition fee.

    DETAILS:

    • DATES: Friday, February 28th to Thursday, March 5th, 2019 (7 days: 2 days for travel and 5 for climbing; leap year, so there is a Feb 29th)
    • LOCATION: Cody, Wyoming, Double XX Diamond Ranch Cabin
    • COST: $678 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 28th: Arrive in Cody. Meet and proceed to cabin, check in and prepare for the next 6 days.
    • Saturday, February 29th - Wednesday, March 4th: Climbing multi-pitch back-country ice in teams of 2 or 3, return to the cabin each night, or possibly drive into Cody.  
    • Thursday, March 5th: Clean up, check out and proceed home. 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base 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.

    • 02/28/2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 02/29/2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bishop, CA
    • 1
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    Join MAA members at the Gorge in Bishop for a weekend of top-rope rock climbing. Get away from the ice and snow for a couple of days and enjoy some rad rock climbing. All levels are welcome. Bring your gear and belay skills to climb many of the hundreds of routes at this popular area. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Owens River Gorge top rope crag climbing easy 5th class to 5.9. 
    • Where to meet: Central Parking Area
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3,10
    • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, belay device, locking carabiners, PAS, slings, food, water, jacket, approach shoes, pack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, personal equipment.  
    • Accommodations: There are a number of campsites in the area. Sagebrush, BLM Climber's campground (both east of 395) are possible and likely cheapest.
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    ITINERARY:

    Friday, February 28th: We will meet in the Central Gorge parking lot at 9:00 am. We will focus on Warm Up Wall and Great Wall of China, to begin. Then move to other areas as we see fit, and climb until late afternoon. Based on availability, likely to camp at Sagebrush (primitive/no water) or BLM Climber's Campground east of 395 off Pleasant Valley exit.

    Saturday, February 29th: Break camp, head back to the gorge for another day, climbing until the late afternoon.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base 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.


    • 03/02/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 98
    Register

    APEX Members Conference Call

    All current Apex members are invited to join the MAA President online in an open format video conference call. We'll discuss our current and future events, visit relevant topics, and answer any questions you may have about anything relevant to MAA. This call joins the online training call, immediately following. Hope you'll join us!

    Details:

    • When you register the call-in information will be sent in the registration confirmation email 
    • Calls typically last about 15 minutes, and are exclusively for Apex members
    • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • We may share images, maps and route descriptions so having the ability to see presented items is recommended.
    • You are not required to send live video of yourself - that is optional.

    • 03/02/2020
    • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 94
    Register

    Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on SNOW 1, SNOW 2, SNOW 3, and SNOW 4. Everyone is invited to join in this interactive 45 minute discussion and Q & A session. The training video presentations will be briefly reviewed. To get the most out of the session and be best prepared to participate please view the training videos prior.

    DATE: March 2nd, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    TO REGISTER:

    TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

    • SNOW 1 - Full day of orientation for snow climbing. Safety, snow and ice climbing clothing and gear, assessing snow and avalanche conditions, digging a snow pit, fitting crampons and ice axe, breaking trail in a team, easy unroped climbing and downclimbing practice on snow slopes, with and without crampons.
    • SNOW 2 - Steeper snow climbing and safety. Self-belay, extensive practice of all four positions of self arrest, in both hands, with and without crampons, steeper downclimbing, spotting, and short belay.
    • SNOW 3 - Comprehensive protection and anchors instruction. Orientation to snow and ice lead climbing, care and use of ropes, placing and assessing natural and artificial snow and ice anchors, multi-directional anchors, multi-point anchors, SRENE, equalization, v-angle, snow seats, belay options, team running belay, and team self-arrest practice.
    • SNOW 4 - Snow and alpine ice lead climbing practice and alpine ice climbing technique. Assessing snow and ice conditions, choosing route, flaking rope, racking gear, climbing with two tools, lead belaying, belaying a second, clipping, running belay review, and climbing in teams of three or four.

    SESSION INFORMATION:

    • Call in details will be sent in a confirmation email upon registration
    • To view all MAA training courses and disciplines, please reference this document
    • 03/10/2020
    • 5:00 AM
    • 03/14/2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
    • 0
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    Join MAA APEX members for a winter expedition on Mt. Whitney and ice climbing training at Thor Falls. Our expedition goals are three fold; 1. a winter ascent of Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineers Route and/or 2. to learn and climb the fun, high-altitude water ice at Thor Falls, and at the very least 3. to enjoy rock climbing at Alabama Hills, which can be done in almost any weather. This is all weather dependent - but we are going to climb something! For APEX members only - please upgrade as a renewal here. ICE 1 and MTN 2 training also provided. Prior experience climbing steep snow and winter camping required. Either skis or snowshoes are required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. $172 expedition fee required to confirm reservation. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: This event is for APEX Members only. Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified, please pay the hostel fee to confirm. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: 4-day winter ascent climbing between 6,000' - 9,000' total elevation depending upon how far we can drive up the road. Ice climbing WI2-WI3, steep snow climbing, winter rock climbing up to Class 4, multi-day winter camping, snowshoeing or skiing. Possibly desert rock climbing.
    • Where to meet: Whitney Portal Hostel, 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 10th.
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,10
    • Required Skills and Fitness: run the gamut but the most important are solid working ability to camp for multiple days in freezing and stormy weather and winter mountaineering (MTN 2) ice climbing (ICE 1) and strong fitness to handle a potentially HUGE amount of elevation gain, climbing 9,000' from the valley all the way to the summit of Whitney in deep snow while carrying a heavy pack over the course of 2 - 3 days. 
    • Shared Group Cost: $172. This covers the hostel bed at Lone Pine, a portion of the volunteer event leader mileage for gear transport, and a portion of the mandatory operations fee for gear wear and tear. 
    • Payment Due: February 9th. If payment is not received by the deadline then a registrant will be moved back to the waitlist.
    • Refunds: Full refunds can be issued 90 days from the trip date. Between 30 and 90 days, only 50% refunds are possible. Closer than 30 days no refund is possible.
    • 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. Belay device, prusik, 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners, 2 runners, harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, pair of ice tools, mountain axe, food for 3 nights / 4 days, waterbottles with insulating sleeve, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, 2 sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snowshoes or skis, snow shovel. Rock shoes just in case the weather is really bad! Technical equipment such as rope, rock and snow protection, and 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 10 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.
    • Accommodations: Whitney Portal Hostel beds will be reserved by MAA. 
    • Additional: The entire itinerary is very dependent upon conditions and weather. Chief of these is avalanche danger. This will be assessed on the MR route and at other places in the canyon. If determined to be unsafe, we will not proceed. Temperatures, storms, wind and the resulting visibility will determine how far we get up the Whitney Massif. This is why the itinerary is so flexible.

    ITINERARY:

    • PRIOR: Expedition Conference Call and logistics, in February 2020, TBD
    • DAY 1, Tuesday, March 10th: Meet and greet in Lone Pine at the Whitney Portal Hostel in the evening. Check in is between 3:00 and 8:00 pm. Decide on a plan, sort gear and make preparations.  We'll catch dinner in town around 6:30. Team planning and logistics at 8:00 pm. If the weather is completely uncooperative we will climb rock at Alabama Hills while we wait for better conditions.
    • DAY 2, Wednesday, March 11th: Early start, hiking up the Whitney Portal road or driving up as far as we can. Once at the Whitney Portal, we'll take the regular trail to the Lone Pine Creek junction. Go up Lone Pine Creek trail to Ebersbacher Ledges (or if winter route is possible, stay in the creek bottom) and continue to Lower Boy Scout Lake (LBS). Establish camp in the trees there near water. Total elevation gain approx. 6,500' from the valley. LBS lake elevation approx 10,500.
    • DAY 3 and 4, Thursday March 12 & Friday March 13th: a winter ascent of Mt. Whitney MR route, or Mt. Thor or Mt. Carillon or ice climbing at Thor Falls between LBS and UBS lake, all dependent upon exact team assembled, avalanche conditions and weather. 
    • DAY 5, Saturday, March 14th: Return to the trailhead. Or contingency for bad weather.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be an Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • 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.
    • 03/14/2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03/15/2020
    • 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 4 miles and gains about 3,000'.  Will push higher if possible.  
    • Map here
    • Where to meet: At the entrance to Annette's Mono Village Resort at 8:00 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, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, ice 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: Saturday March 14th - 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: Sunday, March 15th - With an early start, ascend snow up the East Couloir to the summit spine, then scramble Class 3 rock to the summit. Descend to take down camp and return to the trailhead.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base 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.
    • 03/16/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Flaming Grill Cafe 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150 (Inside Country Club Plaza) Sacramento, CA 95825
    • 18
    Register

    Join us for a presentation on "Ski Mountaineering." Everyone is invited for a bite to eat and interactive multimedia presentation at the Flaming Grill Cafe near our retail partner Bobcat's Adventure Sports in Sacramento. The presentation is for skiers or mountaineers that want to know how to combine these two very complimentary activities! We'll get into the skills, gear, and information you need to get started with using skis to climb and/or descend mountains this spring. Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions! Maximum 40, pre-registration only, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.

    DETAILS

    • Please register to attend - we have room for only 40 MAA members.
    • FREE for Apex members, $10 for Base members and $20 for Associate members - you can become an MAA member here.
    • Please order before 8:30 pm, presentation will start about 8:45 and end about 9:30 pm.
    • At the Flaming Grill Cafe in the Country Club Plaza, located at 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95825
    • Bobcat's Adventure Sports will be open before and after the event to check out gear, rentals and purchase!
    • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


    • 04/06/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 98
    Register

    APEX Members Conference Call

    All current Apex members are invited to join the MAA President online in an open format video conference call. We'll discuss our current and future events, visit relevant topics, and answer any questions you may have about anything relevant to MAA. This call joins the online training call, immediately following. Hope you'll join us!

    Details:

    • When you register the call-in information will be sent in the registration confirmation email 
    • Calls typically last about 15 minutes, and are exclusively for Apex members.
    • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • We may share images, maps and route descriptions so having the ability to see presented items is recommended.
    • You are not required to send live video of yourself - that is optional.

    • 04/06/2020
    • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 95
    Register

    Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on SKI 1, SKI 2, SKI 3 and MTN 3. Everyone is invited to join in this interactive 45 minute discussion and Q & A session. The training video presentations will be briefly reviewed. To get the most out of the session and be best prepared to participate please view the training videos prior.

    DATE: April 6th, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    TO REGISTER:

    TOPICS: WATCH THE MTN 3 TRAINING VIDEO PRIOR - SKI series does not have videos yet.

    • SKI 1 - Full day of orientation to backcountry snow travel on low-exposure peaks and/or traversing snowy trails using various snow travel methods: overview skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding options, clothing, gear and equipment overview, basic avalanche awareness and assessment such as digging and assessing a pit, estimating slope angles, route planning, uphill and downhill trail travel techniques, monitoring weather, and group dynamics
    • SKI 2 - Full day of travel and skiing on moderate peaks: checking avalanche and weather reports, off trail route planning, monitoring weather, skiing with a pack, beacon check procedures, uphill techniques, ski crampons, transitioning to downhill, backcountry ski technique and tips review, maintaining a log book, and side country skiing
    • SKI 3 - Full day of ski mountaineering of a steep peak: advanced ski gear, choosing a line, technical ascending and/or descending, climbing with crampons on ski boots, ice axe technique, self-arrest on skis, dropping in, jump turns, comprehensive steep skiing tips and technique, glacier terrain considerations
    • MTN 3 - Day 1: Expedition climbing. Planning, training, altitude considerations and acclimatization, advanced navigation on glaciers and adverse conditions, using GPS, review all prior navigation techniques, "light and fast" climbing tips, gear and principles, bivouacking in snow, planning a traverse, predicting mountain weather, medical skills, expedition behavior. Day 2: Technical peak circumnavigation or ascent. Climbing in running belay, fixed lines or lead climbing in moderate mixed terrain in multiple teams completing a circumnavigation of a peak including a snowy bivouac during 24 -36 hours, utilizing advanced navigation techniques and team decision making.

    SESSION INFORMATION:

    • Call in details will be sent in a confirmation email upon registration
    • To view all MAA training courses and disciplines, please reference this document
    • 04/11/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree National Park
    • 0
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    Joshua Tree Rock Climbing! Meet up with other MAA members for some sublime desert rock top roping and leading! Bring your rock mojo, your rad gear and mad belay skills! Open to all Base and Apex members. This is Day 3 of 3, please register for each day separately. We have room for up to 8 people each day. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Top rope rock climbing at Joshua Tree NP. Exact crag(s) will be determined that morning. 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: Intersection Rock near Hidden Valley CG at 8:00 am
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt 916-872-3399
    • Minimum / Maximum: 2/8
    • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, approach shoes, belay device, 2 locking carabiners,  a sling or PAS, jacket, lots of water, lunch. 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.
    • Where to stay: Accommodations are self-arranged. Recommended Ryan Rocks CG, Hidden Valley CG, Indian Cove CG, Black Rock CG, or BLM land, or in the town of Joshua Tree / Twenty Nine Palms.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • 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.
      • 04/20/2020
      • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
      • The Flaming Grill Cafe 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150 (Inside Country Club Plaza) Sacramento, CA 95825
      • 18
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      Join us for a presentation on "Climbing Mt. Whitney." Everyone is invited for a bite to eat and interactive multimedia presentation at the Flaming Grill Cafe near our retail partner Bobcat's Adventure Sports in Sacramento. The presentation is for anyone who would like to ascend the tallest peak in the continental US by any route - we'll look at them all! We'll get into the skills, gear, and information you need to stand on top this summer. Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions! Maximum 40, pre-registration only, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.

      DETAILS

      • Please register to attend - we have room for only 40 MAA members.
      • FREE for Apex members, $10 for Base members and $20 for Associate members - you can become an MAA member here.
      • Please order before 8:30 pm, presentation will start about 8:45 and end about 9:30 pm.
      • At the Flaming Grill Cafe in the Country Club Plaza, located at 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95825
      • Bobcat's Adventure Sports will be open before and after the event to check out gear, rentals and purchase!
      • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


      • 04/22/2020
      • 8:00 AM
      • 04/25/2020
      • 8:00 PM
      • Bunny Flat trailhead, Mt. Shasta
      • 1
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      Join MAA APEX members on Mt. Shasta for an ascent of the intriguing Casaval Ridge. The classic late-winter climb on Shasta provides the full mountain experience of steep snow, some exposure, a variety of terrain and a 7,000' ascent over two or three days. If the mountain is not cooperative we'll climb multi-pitch rock at nearby Castle Crags. For APEX members only, please upgrade as a renewal here. 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!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Ascent of Mt. Shasta 14, 162 via Casaval Ridge, steep snow (50 degrees) some exposure, 7,000' ascent, winter camping. If the route is not possible we will retreat to Castle Crags State Park and climb multi-pitch rock or scrambling / hiking. In our experience this route has less than a 50% chance of success on a single try, mostly due to wind, and sometimes visibility. This is why we need 4 days - we may be waiting out storms for a second or third chance to tag the summit.
      • Where to meet: 8:00 am Bunny Flat trailhead
      • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, 916-872-3399
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,10
      • Fitness and Climbing Skills Requirements: Proficiency and experience in winter mountaineering and expedition climbing (MTN 2, MTN 3), snow climbing and self arrest (SNOW 1, SNOW 2), and robust fitness to handle 7,000' ascent in winter-like conditions to the summit and back, over the course of 2 days. Summit push may be 12 - 16 hours long.
      • Shared Group Cost: $98. This covers a portion of volunteer EL mileage for gear transport and a portion of mandatory group gear usage deposit. 
      • Payment Due: March 24th. If payment is not received by the deadline then a registrant will be moved back to the waitlist.
      • Refunds: Full refunds can be issued 90 days from the trip date. Between 30 and 90 days, only 50% refunds are possible. Closer than 30 days no refund is possible.
      • Fees / Regulations: There is a USFS Wilderness permit and summit fee to climb Shasta, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. Please do this individually prior to the climb. This can be handled at the Fifth Season, at the ranger station in town, or at the trailhead. Please see info here. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags are provided same locations.
      • What to bring: Warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body - 4 layers for upper and 3 layers for lower, minimum. 2-3 pair socks and gloves, warm mittens, warm headwear, sunglasses, goggles, gaiters. Belay device, prusik, 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners, 2 runners, harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe, food for 3 nights / 4 days, waterbottles with insulating sleeve, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, 2 sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snow shovel. Rock shoes just in case the weather is really bad and we go to Castle Crags! Technical equipment such as rope, rock and snow protection, and 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 10 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: Shasta summit pass is required. Itinerary is completely weather dependent. Weather and conditions may alter or cancel the event completely.

      ITINERARY:

      • PRIOR: Expedition Conference Call, probably March 2020, TBD
      • PRIOR: Expedition logistics to be coordinated, will go live in 2020.
      • DAY 1, Wednesday April 22nd: Meet and greet at Bunny Flat 8:00 am. Logistics. If the weather looks good we'll ascend to basecamp on the ridge, dig in. Scout for tomorrow. If the weather does not look good we'll decide to wait at the trailhead, or go to Castle Crags.
      • DAY 2, Thursday April 23rd: Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp. If the weather is not favorable, we still have two more days.
      • DAY 3, Friday April 24th: Weather / contingency day
      • DAY 4, Saturday April 25th: Weather / contingency day. No matter where we are we'll be back to the cars before dark. Dinner in town!

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a 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.
      • 05/23/2020
      • 8:00 AM
      • 05/25/2020
      • 8:00 PM
      • Bunny Flat TH
      • 0
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      Join MAA to ascend and ski one the classic Avalanche Gulch on Mt. Shasta. This route boasts near 5,000 vertical feet of bliss. Experienced mountain skiers only. 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 as shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Steep snow climbing (non-technical) then skiing Avalanche Gulch from a basecamp around 10,000. No crevasses, but snow conditions can vary widely. May experience high winds. Three days allocated for travel.
      • Where to meet: At 8:00 am at the Fifth Season shop in Mt. Shasta. Caravan to the Bunny Flat trailhead and skin into basecamp from there.
      • Event Leader: Will Beaubien
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,6
      • Fees / Regulations: There is a fee to climb, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags provided. Both can be handled at the trailhead. Please see info here.
      • What to bring: List will be sent in the 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: Saturday, May 23rd. Meet at 8:00 am. Caravan to the Bunny Flat trailhead. Logistics / packing. Make the approach to arrive at basecamp before dark. About 2,500 elevation gain and 3 miles. Prep for early start.
      • DAY 2: Sunday, May 24th. Early start to attempt summit, assess conditions en route. Lock in and rip! Back to basecamp in the afternoon. Some people may decide to hike out this day if time and energy allows.
      • DAY 3: Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day. (Weather / contingency day.) Heading back to the trailhead and drive back home.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base 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.
      • 06/03/2020
      • 5:00 PM
      • 06/06/2020
      • 8:00 PM
      • Mt. Jefferson
      • 0
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      Join MAA APEX members an an expedition to climb Mt. Jefferson by a technical glacier route. This is the second-highest mountain in Oregon and an elusive alpine peak. We'll climb the Jefferson Park Glacier route with a mix of glacier travel, steep arete mixed climbing and a spicy 4th class summit pinnacle at 10,497. For APEX members only - please upgrade as a renewal here. Prior experience in roped glacier travel and crevasse rescue (ICE-R) and roped climbing on steep snow and rock required (SNOW 3, SNOW 4). Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. $179 expedition fee required to confirm reservation. Hope to have you out with us!

      SCREENED EVENT: This event is for APEX Members only. Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified, please pay the expedition fee to confirm. Thank you! 

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: 3-day ascent of Mt. Jefferson via the Jefferson Park Glacier route. Climbing 6,400' total elevation. 5+ mile approach to Jefferson Park camping. Roped glacier travel among crevasses, crossing a bergschrund, steep mixed climbing on snow and 4th class rock climbing. Possibly desert rock climbing if we end up at Smith Rocks instead.
      • Where to meet: Bend, OR 5:00 pm Wednesday June 3rd. Exact location TBD.
      • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399 darren@mountainascent.org
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,10
      • Required Skills and Fitness: Proficiency in roped glacier travel and crevasse rescue, proficiency in roped lead climbing on steep mixed snow and 4th class rock, rappelling, navigation, wilderness camping, and robust fitness to handle three long days consecutively. 
      • Shared Group Cost: $179. This covers a portion of the volunteer event leader mileage for gear transport, and a portion of the mandatory gear usage fee. 
      • Payment Due: May 5th. If payment is not received by the deadline then a registrant will be moved back to the waitlist.
      • Refunds: Full refunds can be issued 90 days from the trip date. Between 30 and 90 days, only 50% refunds are possible. Closer than 30 days no refund is possible.
      • 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. Belay device, prusik, 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners, 2 runners, harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, pair of ice tools and/or mountain axe, food for 3 nights / 4 days, waterbottles with insulating sleeve, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking pole(s). Rock shoes just in case the weather is really bad! Technical equipment such as rope, rock and snow protection, and 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 10 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: The itinerary is dependent upon conditions and weather. 

      ITINERARY:

      • PRIOR: Expedition conference call and logistics coordination, in May 2020, TBD
      • DAY 1, Wednesday, June 3rd: Meet and greet in Bend in the evening. Check conditions. Discuss our plan, sort gear, logistics. 
      • DAY 2, Thursday, June 4th: Early start from Bend, drive Hwy 22 to FS Road 2243, to trailhead. Hike at least 5 miles to Jefferson Park 5,800' to set up camp and get ready for tomorrow. Total elevation gain approx. 1,800'
      • DAY 3, Friday, June 5th: Pre-dawn start ascend Jefferson Park Glacier to the arete, traverse to join the north ridge route, continue to 4th class summit pinnacle. Rappell or downclimb back to north ridge and descend Russell Glacier to camp. Long day, (14 - 18 hrs.) 4,600 elevation gain and descent, all over technical terrain. 
      • DAY 4, Saturday, June 6th: Break camp, return to the trailhead, return home. Or contingency for bad weather.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be an Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • 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.
      • 06/12/2020
      • 7:00 AM
      • 06/14/2020
      • 8:00 PM
      • 0
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      Join MAA on North Palisade to climb the forever classic U-Notch Couloir. Widely regarded as one of the most interesting alpine routes anywhere, with a combination of ice, rock and scrambling that culminates in the summit of this popular California Fourteener. For APEX members only - please upgrade as a renewal here. Prior experience climbing steep snow, alpine ice and multi-pitch rock climbing required (ICE 2, SNOW 4, ROCK 6). Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

      SCREENED EVENT: This event is for APEX Members only. 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: North Palisade 14,242' via the U-Notch Couloir route, AI2, 5.4, three days, 12 miles trail travel each way. Ascent will take between 14-20 hours.
      • Where to meet: In Big Pine CA, location TBD
      • Event Leader: Doug Harris
      • Minimum / Maximum: 2,6
      • Skills Requirements: Participants should be experienced in and know how to climb 60 degree alpine ice with two tools, climb mid-fifth class rock in mountaineering boots, belay, tie in, rappell and clean ice and rock protection, as well as standard backcountry and mountain travel and camping. 
      • What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, a pair of ice tools, harness, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, 2 slings, prusik, PAS, helmet, base layers, mid layers, shell layers, 2 pair socks, lightweight gloves, 30 - 55 liter climbing pack, sleeping bag, tent, food for 3 days, 2 liter water carrying capacity, trekking poles, gaiters, map, compass, strong headlamp with extra batteries, lightweight emergency bivy. 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:

      • DAY 1 - June 12th: Meet in Big Pine, caravan up to the trailhead. Logistics, gear, review route to basecamp. Hike approx. 6 miles to basecamp below the Palisade Glacier.
      • DAY 2 - June 13th: With a pre-dawn start, ascend to and traverse the Palisade Glacier to the bottom of the U-Notch. Rope up and climb the bergschrund and then many pitches of alpine ice to the col, then a few pitches of easy fifth class rock to the summit ridge, to the summit. Descend the entire route by downclimbing and rappelling.
      • DAY 3 - June 14th: Break camp and head home.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be an 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.
      • 06/26/2020
      • 7:00 AM
      • 06/28/2020
      • 8:00 PM
      • Northgate TH
      • 5
      Register

      Join MAA women members on a climb of Mt. Shasta via the classic north side route. The Hotlum-Bolam ridge traverses a scenic high line between these two glaciers topping out on the summit ridge. This event is specifically for our adventurous female MAA members! Proficiency in self arrest and steep snow climbing is required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Ascent of Mt. Shasta 14,179 via the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge route, steep snow up to 50 degrees, 7,000' ascent. 
      • Where to meet: In the town of Weed, exact location TBD. Details will be worked out with registrants. 
      • Event Leader: Nicole Roemer
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,6
      • Skills and Experience: Recommended for those proficient with self-arrest and climbing steep snow (55 degrees) in crampons: SNOW 1 and SNOW 2, and proficient in mountain travel and camping, MTN 1.
      • Fees / Regulations: There is a fee to climb, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags provided. Both can be handled at the trailhead. Please see info here.
      • 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: Friday, June 26th. Drive to Weed, meet and greet. Caravan to the Northgate trailhead. Gear and packing. Make the approach to arrive at basecamp at 9,500 before dark. Prep for early start.
      • DAY 2: Saturday, June 27th. Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp. 
      • DAY 3: Sunday, June 28th. Return to trailhead, or a day for contingencies. 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base 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.
      • 06/29/2020
      • 7:00 AM
      • 07/03/2020
      • 4:00 PM
      • Brewer Creek TH
      • 9
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      Join MAA Apex members for Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue training (ICE-R) and a climb of Mt. Shasta via an incredible glacier route. The Hotlum Glacier Left Ice Gully is the most technical glacier and ice route on Mt. Shasta, requiring an ascent of the entire Hotlum Glacier through the ice falls, over a bergschrund up many pitches of alpine snow and ice to the summit ridge. To prepare we'll spend two days in comprehensive glacier travel and crevasse rescue practice (ICE-R) from a comfortable basecamp. For APEX members only - please upgrade as a renewal here. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: ICE-R Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue training and an ascent of Mt. Shasta via the Hotlum Glacier Left Ice Gully route, AI2, crevasses, steep snow and alpine ice (55 degrees), total 4,500' ascent from basecamp. Team must cross the bergschrund at the top of the Hotlum Glacier and simul-climb steep alpine ice, AI2 or AI3. We also have the option to ascend the non-technical Hotlum-Wintun Ridge, which will likely be our descent route.
      • Where to meet: At the Brewer Creek Trailhead. Details will be worked out with registrants. 
      • Event Leader: Darrren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,6
      • Pre-requisite skills: Experience and ability in steep snow and alpine ice climbing, simul-climbing with two tools, basic understanding of snow and ice anchors (SNOW 4) and mechanical advantage systems, as well as mountain camping and travel (MTN 1). 
      • Fees / Regulations: There is a fee to climb, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags provided. Both can be handled at the trailhead. Please see info here.
      • 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 - Monday, June 29th: Meet and/or drive to Brewer Creek trailhead. Sort and final packing, then make the approach to arrive at basecamp and get completely set up before dark. 
      • DAYS 2 and 3 - Tuesday, June 30th - Wednesday July 1st: Extensive hands-on glacier and crevasse rescue training on the Hotlum Glacier, returning to basecamp each day. This will also help with route familiarity and acclimatization.
      • DAY 4 - Thursday, July 2nd: With a pre-dawn start, ascend the Hotlum Glacier through the icefalls, over the bergschrund, up the Left Ice Gully to the summit ridge. Descend the Hotlum Wintun Ridge back to basecamp.
      • DAY 5 - Friday, July 3rd: Pack up camp and return to the trailhead. 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be an 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.
      • 07/10/2020
      • 7:00 AM
      • 07/12/2020
      • 8:00 PM
      • Northgate TH
      • 4
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      Join MAA members on a climb of Mt. Shasta via the classic north side route. The Hotlum-Bolam ridge traverses a scenic high line between these two glaciers topping out on the summit ridge. Proficiency in self arrest and steep snow climbing is required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Ascent of Mt. Shasta 14,179 via the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge route, steep snow up to 50 degrees, 7,000' ascent. 
      • Where to meet: In the town of Weed, exact location TBD. Details will be worked out with registrants. 
      • Event Leader: Doug Harris
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
      • Skills and Experience: Recommended for those proficient with self-arrest and climbing steep snow (55 degrees) in crampons: SNOW 1 and SNOW 2, and proficient in mountain travel and camping, MTN 1.
      • Fees / Regulations: There is a fee to climb, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags provided. Both can be handled at the trailhead. Please see info here.
      • 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: Friday, July 10th. Drive to Weed, meet and greet. Caravan to the Northgate trailhead. Gear and packing. Make the approach to arrive at basecamp at 9,500 before dark. Prep for early start.
      • DAY 2: Saturday, July 11th. Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp. 
      • DAY 3: Sunday, June 12th. Return to trailhead, or a day for contingencies. 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base 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.
      • 08/03/2020
      • 9:00 AM
      • 08/06/2020
      • 10:00 PM
      • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
      • 0
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      Join MAA to climb the Sierra classic East Buttress route on Mt. Whitney. This is one of the best moderate alpine rock routes anywhere. Participants will need to be experienced multi-pitch alpine trad leaders. We'll take 2 days to acclimatize so we're strong on summit day. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to two teams of three. 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 by email. Thank you! 

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Mt. Whitney 14,500' East Buttress route, 5.7. We'll be climbing with packs, crampons, mountain axe. Hard snow on the Mountaineers route on the descent. 7-9 pitches, approx. 1,000' ascent. 3 days to allow for travel, weather contingency
      • Where to meet: Whitney Portal trailhead, west of town of Lone Pine.
      • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org
      • Minimum / Maximum: 3,6
      • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, lightweight crampons, ice axe, 15-30 liter climbing pack, approach shoes / boots compatible with your crampons, food, water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, trekking pole(s). Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be decided at the trailhead. If you have something you can share please bring it. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1 - Monday, August 3rd: Meet at Whitney Portal at 9:00 am, logistics. Ascend the north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to basecamp at Lower Boy Scout Lake. Review multi-pitch climbing techniques.
      • DAY 2, Tuesday, April 28th: Continue ascending to Iceberg Lake, set camp. Rest, continue acclimatizing. 
      • DAY 3, Wednesday, August 5th: Start route at first light, climbing from 13,500 to the summit, topping out by early afternoon. Descend Mountaineer's route back to basecamp. Woohoo!
      • DAY 4, Thursday, August 6th: Break camp, descend all the way back to trailhead, drive home.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base 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.
      • 08/17/2020
      • 7:00 AM
      • 08/22/2020
      • 8:00 PM
      • Big Pine, CA
      • 0
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      Join MAA Apex members to climb the Palisade Classics: North Pal, Polemonium, Sill, Starlight and Thunderbolt. Considered the "throneroom of the alpine gods" the Palisades is the most densely packed array of alpine ice and rock routes in the Sierra. We'll spend 6 days tackling the best routes such as the U-Notch, V-Notch, Swiss Arete and the North Pal to Thunderbolt Traverse. This will provide the opportunity for participants to have an excellent hands-on training experience in ROCK 8 and ICE 3. For APEX members only - please upgrade as a renewal here. Prior experience climbing steep snow, alpine ice and alpine multi-pitch rock climbing required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

      SCREENED EVENT: This event is for APEX Members only. 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 in the Palisades for six days with camp near the foot of Mt. Gayley and bivy camps on the Palisades Glacier. ICE 3 and ROCK 8 training. Alpine ice climbing up to AI3, multi-pitch alpine rock up to 5.8, rappelling, rock traverses, backcountry off-trail navigation and camping. Many ascents will take between 10-16 hours.
      • Where to meet: In Big Pine CA, location TBD
      • Event Leader: Darren Shutt
      • Minimum / Maximum: 2,6
      • Group Cost Expedition Fee: $112 per participant. This pays for permits, mileage to get gear and ELs to the Palisades as well as mandatory group gear deposit. Registration is confirmed upon payment of expedition fee. 
      • 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.
      • Skills Requirements: Participants should be experienced in and know how to climb 60 degree alpine ice with two tools, climb fifth class rock in mountaineering boots, lead belay, rappel, and clean ice and rock protection, as well as standard backcountry and mountain travel and camping. 
      • What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, a pair of ice tools, rock shoes, harness, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, 2 slings, prusik, PAS, helmet, base layers, mid layers, shell layers, 2 pair socks, lightweight gloves, 30 - 55 liter climbing pack, sleeping bag, tent, food for 6 days, 2 liter water carrying capacity, trekking poles, gaiters, map, compass, strong headlamp with extra batteries, lightweight emergency bivy. 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: We will arrange gear and logistics online and on a conference call that will happen approx. July 2020. TBD, will communicate with registrants.
      • DAY 1 - Monday, August 17th: Meet in Big Pine, caravan up to the trailhead. Logistics, gear, review route to basecamp. Hike approx. 8 miles to basecamp on or below the Palisade Glacier.
      • DAY 2 - DAY 5, Tuesday, August 18th - Friday, August 21st: 4 days to climb all of the best routes in the Palisades. Exact routes, teams and itinerary will be decided days prior to departure and finalized on the mountain. 
      • DAY 6 - Saturday, June 14th: Break camp and head home.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be an Apex member and pay the group cost expedition fee.
      • 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.