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    • 07/08/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 07/18/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Bugaboos Provincial Park, BC Canada
    • 0
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    Join MAA members in Canada to climb the stunning granite routes in the Bugaboos. This expedition features 10 days of amazing climbing on such inspiring monoliths as the Howser Towers, and Snowpatch, Bugaboo and Pigeon Spires. Teams and routes will be sequenced over the course of 10 days from a roaming basecamp / bivouac, decided as weather and options dictate. Participants must be proficient lead climbers in alpine multi-pitch rock (Rock 8 and Rock-R) as well as proficient in glacier travel and crevasse rescue (Ice-R), or equivalent experience. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 6 participants. Hope to have you out with us!

    Video: https://vimeo.com/133723101

    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: Bugaboos alpine rock climbing in a glacier setting, multi-pitch granite routes up to Grade V, 5.10. Glacier travel between the spires, and long-term backcountry camping in wild, grizzly country, some in a basecamp and some in a bivouac. Attend expedition training on Whitney East Buttress or Whitney East Face April 26-28th. Attend team conference calls. Rock your mind in one of the most amazing places on the planet.
    • Where to meet: 3:00 pm at TBD location near Golden, BC, on Monday, July 8th. 
    • Participant Expedition Fees: $575 per person. Pays for accommodations for participant and leaders on July 8th, 10 nights of group camping fees, mandatory operations deposit, MAA gear, buffer for unexpected expenses, and airfare or mileage reimbursement to get expedition gear and ELs to Canada. A minimum of 4 participants is required to make the expedition feasible. Fee must be paid to confirm registration, and can be paid in portions, if requested.
    • Refund Policy: Full refund outside of 60 days, 50% refund 60-30 days, no refund closer than 30 days from departure
    • Event Leader: Kelvin Nguyen, kelvin@mountainascent.org, and Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org
    • Minimum / maximum participants: 4/6
    • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, auto-locking belay device, 4 locking and 3 non-locking carabiners, PAS, 2 slings, cordelette, prusik, crampons, ice axe / tools, 15-30 liter climbing pack, 50 - 70 liter approach pack, approach shoes / boots compatible with your crampons, appropriate waterproof and breathable / wicking baselayer, mid-layers, and shell jacket, food for 10 days, bivy, water bottles, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, radio, headlamp, trekking pole(s) personal items. Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, fuel, etc. will be determined beforehand using group spreadsheet and conference call(s). If you are in need of loaner gear from MAA, please give the ELs advance notice.
    • Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants. General Expedition discussion on the member's forum, 
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: Bear canisters or bear-proof containers are required.

    ITINERARY:

    Prior: General expedition conference call April 10th. Team members only call in June TBD.

    Prior: April 26th - 28th, Mt. Whitney East Buttress or Mt. Whitney East Face training climb. 

    Prior: General Expedition discussion on the member's forum 

    • DAY 1: Monday, July 8th - Meet and greet in Golden BC. Dinner, logistics, stay the night in town.
    • DAY 2: Tuesday, July 9th - Pick up permits, drive out to the TH, hike to and establish first basecamp at Applebee campground. Dinner, evening meeting for logistics and gear. 
    • DAY 3 - DAY 10: Wednesday, July 10th - Wednesday, July 17th - Climb assorted routes in teams of two or three. Kelvin and Darren will be the main lead climbers, swapping leads as appropriate with other participants. Teams may climb the same spire by different routes, or we may split up as appropriate, as long as we can all return to the same basecamp each evening. Some routes will require travel over glaciated passes and bivouacking. There will be some days off for rest and weather.
    • DAY 11: Thursday, July 18th - Take down basecamp, head back to the trail head and drive back to Golden, BC.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • 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.
    • 07/20/2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • 07/21/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Onion Valley Trailhead
    • 3
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    Join MAA members to climb dramatic Dragon Peak. This Eastern Sierra peak boasts a solid rock scrambling route on the South Chute ending at the scenic 12,995 summit. Participants should be comfortable with exposed Class 3-4 scrambling. 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 shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Overnight climb of Dragon Peak, 12,995, via the Class 3-4 South Chute. 3 miles approach, approx. 3,500 elevation gain, off-trail travel, camping. 
    • Where to meet: Onion Valley TH
    • Event Leader: Kevin Koenig
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3/6
    • What to bring: Mountain boots, helmet, stormproof layered clothing, climbing pack, trekking poles, food, water, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, stove/fuel, personal items, 10 essentials. Some of this may be 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: Bear canister required

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1: Saturday, July 20th - Meet an Onion Valley TH at 9:00 am. Hike i3.5 miles in to camp. Scout route. Dinner, ready for early start.

    Day 2: Sunday, July 21st - Alpine start, climb South Chute route to peak. Reverse route to return to and break camp. Return to TH.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • 07/22/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2019
    • 10:00 PM
    • Mt. Baker Ski Area, WA
    • 0
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    Join MAA members to climb the stunning Mt. Shuksan via the classic Fisher Chimneys route. Shuksan is a rugged, glaciated massif and one of the most photographed peaks in the North Cascades. This route contains all the elements of an engaging climb with rock, alpine ice, and glaciers. Recommended for members are proficient with all their alpine climbing skills. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 9. 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: Mt. Shuksan, 9,131', Fisher Chimneys route, Class 4, glacier travel, alpine snow/ice. Roped travel, rappelling and scrambling in an alpine environment. Participants should be proficient with multi-pitch alpine rock climbing, scrambling, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, steep snow / alpine ice climbing, and self arrest.
    • Where to meet: Mt. Baker Ski Area, White Salmon Lodge, July 22nd, 9:00 am.
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, and Kelvin Nguyen, kelvin@mountainascent.org
    • Minimum / Maximum: 6/9
    • What to bring: Harness, helmet, mountain boots, steel crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe with leash or runner to connect to harness, belay device, prusik, 2 locking carabiners, PAS, 48" runner, 2 non-locking carabiners, 30 - 45 liter climbing pack, warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body, gaiters, food, waterbottles, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking pole(s). Ropes, protection, tents, stoves and other group gear will be determined beforehand, likely supplied by MAA. 
    • Expedition Fee: $149 per participant. This pays for mileage or airfare to get gear and ELs to Washington. 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.
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    ITINERARY:

    Prior: April 10th 7:00 pm expedition team conference call to coordinate training opportunities and logistics.

    Prior: General discussion on the member's forum.

    • DAY 1: Monday, July 22nd - Meet and greet at Mt. Baker Ski Area at 9:00 a.m. Get permit, go up trail to set up basecamp. 
    • DAY 2: Tuesday, July 23rd - With an early start, climb Fisher Chimneys route, return to basecamp, or all the way back to the trailhead.
    • DAY 3: Wednesday, July 24th - Contingency / weather day.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
    • 08/30/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09/01/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Pass, CA
    • 0
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    Come climb North Peak North Couloir with other MAA members.  This is a semi-technical ascent of a popular Tioga Pass peak and a good introduction to technical alpine climbing. Climbing this mountain will require a moderate degree of fitness and prior experience with multi-pitch ice climbing and basic snow and ice travel. Loaner gear may be available to paid members. Maximum two teams of two climbers, recommended for those with SNOW 4, ICE 1, RCK 5 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.


    DETAILS

    • MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 2 and 4 respectively.
    • CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should be able to hike 5 miles at altitude with 30 pound pack, ascend to 13,000 feet and feel comfortable with multi-pitch climbing on ice. 
    • 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
    • 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 Saddlebag Lake trail-head parking area (The entrance to the trail-head parking area is on the right side of the dirt road across from the dam. See MAP for parking entrance location). 
    • EMERGENCIES: 911, closest hospital is Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

    ITINERARY

    • Day 1, Friday August 30th - at the parking lot for the Yosemite East entrance (6:00 pm-ish) to meet and coordinate gear. We’ll car camp there.
    • Day 2, Saturday, August 31st - Drive to the Saddlebag Lake TH and begin the approach/climb. If meeting group at TH, please arrive at 4:00 am to depart. Climb the route and return to the cars before dark.
    • Day 3, Sunday, Sept. 1 - Weather contingency day in case weather is bad on Saturday. Please keep this day open.

    REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR

    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
    • Soft shell
    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood
    • Socks
    • Gloves (two pair in event one gets wet)
    • Gaiters (optional)
    • Sunglasses
    • Warm hat and/or balaclava
    • Sun hat or covering
    • Backpack (no larger than 45L)
    • High energy food, snacks and drinks
    • Water bottles or container system
    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries
    • Map and compass
    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • Small personal first aid kit
    • Optional items for consideration: altimeter, trekking poles, camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana
    • Mountaineering boots, consider bringing approach shoes
    • Harness*
    • Climbing helmet*
    • Sharp steel 10-12 point crampons, fit to your boots*
    • Ice tools x 2*
    • 3 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*
    • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*
    • Cordellette or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*
    • Belay device*
    • Ropes, 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.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are board-approved volunteers, not certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. 
    • Non-commercial wilderness, camping and /or backcountry permits will be acquired within the posted group size limits for this area.
    • 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.

    • 09/02/2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10/13/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Nepal
    • 0
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    Join MAA members to climb Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world. Considered one of the easiest 8,000 meter peaks, Cho Oyu is still a world-class achievement and a serious understaking. This expedition features classic expedition mountaineering and the experience of a lifetime with your MAA team. Participants must be experienced climbers with high altitude experience and independently proficient in cold-weather, high altitude climbing, and glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 8 participants. 

    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! 

    BRIEF DETAILS:

    (FULL TRIP DETAILS WILL BE SUPPLIED TO CONFIRMED EXPEDITION TEAM) 

    • March 20th Nepal Expeditions Conference Call recording here.
    • Participant Expedition Fees: TBD. Estimated to be between $18,000 - $20,000 per person. Price will officially be determined when info is received on China climbing permit costs. This covers our costs with our excellent in-country partner Top Himalayan Guides, which provides all our accommodations and food for the treks and the climb of both mountains, Sherpa trekking and on-mountain support, flights to Lukla, Nepal permits, MAA operations fee, MAA gear, a portion of EL flights and participant fees, and costs for offering prior training dates with the team. A minimum of 4 participants is required to make the expedition feasible. Fee must be paid to confirm registration, and can be paid in portions, if requested.
    • Participant Expedition Fees do not cover round-trip flight to Kathmandu, summit day food, summit day bonus, and meals in Kathmandu.
    • Refund Policy: Full refund outside of 120 days, 50% refund 120-90 days, no refund closer than 90 days from departure.
    • Event Leaders: Paul Shaughnessy paul@mountainascent.org, Todd Martin, todd@mountainascent.org. 
    • Minimum / maximum participants: 4/8
    • Nepal partner: Top Himalayan Guides will be assisting with logistics, permits, certified personnel and general expedition support.
    • Special note on travel: The exact itinerary is dependent upon a number of factors such as weather, mountain conditions, and team dynamics which may affect the actual day we are back in Kathmandu by several days. Recommend to not schedule flights home until we return to Kathmandu. If you do schedule a return flight, it likely may get changed - moved up or back. 
    • What to bring: Comprehensive list will be supplied to the confirmed team. You will need warm double boots, mittens and all cold weather technical mountaineering climbing and camping equipment, as well as trekking clothes and gear, and travel clothes. We will have sherpa support. Shelter and meals will be supplied by Top Himalayan Guides.
    • Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    SIMPLIFIED ITINERARY:

    Prior: One of two weekday evening conference call(s), TBD. Confirmed team members will be notified of exact day and time.
    Prior: One or two t
    raining climbs in CA in spring and summer, TBD

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • 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.
    • 09/28/2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10/16/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Nepal
    • 0
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    Join MAA members in Nepal to climb Kyajo Ri, a stunning 20,295' peak in the Khumbu. This expedition features the complete alpine experience on an uncrowded beauty - steep alpine ice and rock climbing that leads to an airy summit with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Participants must be proficient in ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 9 participants. 

    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! 

    BRIEF DETAILS: (FULL TRIP DETAILS WILL BE SUPPLIED TO CONFIRMED EXPEDITION TEAM)

    What's happening: Kyajo Ri, 20,295'. Steep alpine ice up to 65 degrees and rock climbing up to 5.7 in alpine style, teams of 2 or 3. Sixteen days of international travel, high altitude trekking, incredible culture and food, and fast and light alpine climbing with your team. No fixed lines on a less crowded Himalayan peak. No oxygen required, but will be available in emergencies. Sherpa and basecamp support. To prep, attend team conference calls and training opportunities summer 2019. Share the itinerary with the Ama Dablam team. Rock your mind in one of the most amazing places on the planet!

    Event Leader: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, 916-872-3399

    March 20th Nepal Expeditions Conference Call Recording here.

    Minimum / maximum participants: 5/8. We must have a minimum of 5 participants for the expedition to be feasible at this price.

    Nepal partner: Top Himalayan Guides will be assisting with logistics, permits, certified personnel and general expedition support.

    Participant Expedition Fees: (March estimate) $4,180 per person. This covers costs for MAA our excellent Nepalese partner Top Himalayan Guides. Expedition fees cover all the following:
    • All transportation to and from airports
    • 3 night accommodations in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast
    • Flights to and from Lukla
    • All tea house accommodations and meals during trekking portions of the climb
    • All Sherpas and cook staff 
    • All basecamp accommodations and meals
    • All group equipment such as tents, cooking stoves, radio communications, oxygen for medical purpose and sleeping mats
    • Group first aid kits
    • Nepal government and local fees, permits and insurance
    • MAA group technical climbing equipment - ropes, protection, etc.
    • Sherpa and cook staff tips
    • Expedition Leader participant fees and flight costs
    • In-country contingency for unexpected group expenses - cash while in Nepal
    • MAA operations fee
    • Personal loaner MAA technical gear and equipment

      Expedition fee does not include:

      • Air travel to and from Kathmandu, estimated to be $1,000 - $1,200

      • Lunch, dinner and any extra nights in hotel in Kathmandu

      • Medical, travel, or rescue insurance

      • Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, emails and other items of a personal nature

      • Any costs associated with leaving the expedition early

      • Any costs associated with arriving back in Kathmandu early, for example, having climbed the mountain ahead of schedule

      • Personal spending money and sightseeing tours

      Payment and Refund Information: A minimum of 5 participants is required to make the expedition feasible. Fee must be paid to confirm registration, and can be paid in portions, if requested. Full refund outside of 90 days, 50% refund 60-90 days, no refund closer than 60 days from departure. If we do not meet our minimum by 90 days ahead, we will cancel the expedition and provide a full refund, or discuss options for adjustments.

      Special note on travel: The exact itinerary is dependent upon a number of factors such as weather, mountain conditions, and team dynamics which may affect the actual day we are back in Kathmandu by several days. We recommend to not schedule return flights until we return to Kathmandu. If you do schedule a return flight, it likely may get changed - moved up or back. 

      What to bring: Comprehensive list will be supplied to the confirmed team. In general you will need warm double boots, mittens and all cold weather technical mountaineering personal climbing equipment, a warm sleeping bag, trekking clothes and gear, and travel clothes. We will have Sherpa support to carry gear to basecamp, and tents and mats are supplied. There are no fixed lines on Kyajo Ri - all climbing is alpine style. All shelter and meals will be supplied by Top Himalayan Guides.

      Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.

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

        SIMPLIFIED ITINERARY Sept. 28th - Oct. 15th:

        Prior: Weekday evening video conference calls, and online coordination. March 20th Nepal Expeditions Conference Call Recording here. Additional calls will be scheduled.

        Prior: Training climbs in CA in June, Aug, or Sept, TBD.

        • Saturday, Sept. 28th - Leave the US. Cross international date line. Arrive in Kathmandu on Monday, Sept. 30th.
        • Day 1, Sept. 30th: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,343m) and transfer to hotel. Orientation with THG and logistics.
        • Day 2: Early flight to Lukla (2,866m) and trek to Phakding (2,640m).
        • Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m).
        • Day 4: Acclimatization and short day trip to Everest viewpoint (3,856m), visit Sherpa village to Khunde, Khumjung and back to Kyangjuma for the night.
        • Day 5: Trek to Mende (3,736m).
        • Day 6: Trek to Kyajo Ri base camp (4,550m).
        • Day 7: Rest and acclimatization at Kyajo Ri Base camp.
        • Day 8: Trek to Kyajo Ri Camp 1 (5,200m).
        • Day 9: Climb to Camp 2 (5,700m)
        • Day 10: Climb Kyajo Ri peak (6,186m) and back to Camp 1.
        • Day 11: Trek to base camp.
        • Day 12: Trek back to Namche Bazar. Split from the Ama Dablam team.
        • Day 13: Trek back to Lukla.
        • Day 14: Early flight Lukla to Kathmandu.
        • Day 15: Kathmandu city sightseeing, bit of shopping and farewell dinner.  
        • Day 16, Tuesday Oct. 15th: Flights home. 

        IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

        • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
        • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
        • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
        • 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.
        • 09/28/2019
        • 8:00 AM
        • 10/27/2019
        • 8:00 PM
        • Nepal
        • 0
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        Join MAA members to return to Nepal to climb Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. Absolutely captivating and austere at 22,349' this is one of the most coveted mountains in the Himalaya. This expedition features climbing and camping on the precipitous NW ridge, challenging steep alpine ice and rock climbing, and a magnificent ascent to breath-taking views of Everest and other 8,000 meter peaks. Also included in this expedition is an acclimatization climb on 20,295 Kyajo Ri, trekking in the Khumbu and enjoying the culture and hospitality of the Nepalese. Participants must be experienced climbers with high altitude experience and independently proficient in ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 5 participants. 

        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! 

        BRIEF DETAILS: (FULL TRIP DETAILS WILL BE SUPPLIED TO CONFIRMED EXPEDITION TEAM)

        What's happening: Ama Dablam 22,349', SW ridge, steep snow and alpine ice up to 65 degrees and rock climbing up to 5.8, teams of 2 or 3. Two camps above basecamp, and single push strategy, with multiple days built in for weather / contingencies. Climb 20,295 Kyajo Ri for acclimatization just prior, this is a challenging alpine rock and ice ascent as well, view Kyajo Ri expedition posting. Twenty eight days of international travel, high altitude trekking, incredible culture and food, and incredible alpine climbing and mountaineering with your team. Fixed lines and set camps on Ama Dablam, no fixed lines or set camps on Kyajo RiNo oxygen required, but will be available in emergencies. Climbing Sherpa and porter support. To prep, attend team conference calls and training opportunities summer 2019. Share the itinerary with the Kyajo Ri team. 

        Event Leader: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, 916-872-3399

        March 20th Nepal Expeditions Conference Call recording here.

        Minimum / maximum participants: 4/5. We must have a minimum of 4 participants for the expedition to be feasible at this price.

        Nepal partner: Top Himalayan Guides will be assisting with logistics, permits, certified personnel and general expedition support.

        Participant Expedition Fees: (March estimate) $11,288 per person. This covers costs for MAA as well as our excellent Nepalese partner Top Himalayan Guides. Expedition fees cover all the following:
        • All transportation to and from airports
        • 3 night accommodations in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast
        • Flights to and from Lukla
        • All tea house accommodations and meals during all trekking portions of the climb
        • IFMGA/NNMGA Certified Mountain Guides and well trained and experienced climbing Sherpas, with insurance
        • Sherpas and cook staff 
        • All basecamp accommodations and meals
        • All group equipment such as tents, cooking stoves, fixed lines, climbing equipment, radio communications, oxygen for medical purpose and sleeping mats
        • Group first aid kits
        • Nepal government and local fees, permits and insurance
        • MAA group technical climbing equipment - ropes, protection, etc.
        • Summit bonus and sherpa and cook staff tips
        • Expedition Leader participant fees and flight costs
        • In-country contingency for unexpected group expenses - cash while in Nepal
        • MAA operations fee
        • Personal loaner MAA technical gear and equipment

        Expedition fee does not include:

        • Air travel to and from Kathmandu, estimated to be $1,000 - $1,200

        • Lunch, dinner and any extra nights in hotel in Kathmandu

        • Medical, travel, or rescue insurance

        • Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, emails and other items of a personal nature

        • Any costs associated with leaving the expedition early

        • Any costs associated with arriving back in Kathmandu early, for example, having climbed the mountain ahead of schedule

        • Personal spending money and sightseeing tours

        Payment and Refund Information: A minimum of 4 participants is required to make the expedition feasible. Fee must be paid to confirm registration, and can be paid in portions, if requested. Full refund outside of 90 days, 50% refund 60-90 days, no refund closer than 60 days from departure. If we do not meet our minimum by 90 days ahead, we will cancel the expedition and provide a full refund, or discuss options for adjustments.

        Special note on travel: The exact itinerary is dependent upon a number of factors such as weather, mountain conditions, and team dynamics which may affect the actual day we are back in Kathmandu by several days. We recommend to not schedule return flights until we return to Kathmandu. If you do schedule a return flight, it likely may get changed - moved up or back. 

        What to bring: Comprehensive list will be supplied to the confirmed team. In general you will need warm double boots, mittens and all cold weather technical mountaineering personal climbing equipment, a warm sleeping bag, trekking clothes and gear, and travel clothes. We will have Sherpa support to carry gear to basecamp, and tents and mats are supplied. There are no fixed lines on Kyajo Ri - all climbing is alpine style. All shelter and meals will be supplied by Top Himalayan Guides.

        Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.

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


        SIMPLIFIED ITINERARY Sept. 28th - Oct. 28th:

        Prior: Weekday evening video conference calls, and online coordination. First  call was March 20th, view recording here. Additional calls will be scheduled.

        Prior: Training climbs in CA in June, Aug, or Sept, TBD.

        • Saturday, Sept. 28th - Leave the US. Cross international date line. Arrive in Kathmandu on Monday, Sept. 30th.
        • Day 1, Sept. 30th: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,343m) and transfer to hotel. Orientation with THG and logistics.
        • Day 2: Early flight to Lukla (2,866m) and trek to Phakding (2,640m).
        • Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m).
        • Day 4: Acclimatization and short day trip to Everest viewpoint (3,856m), visit Sherpa village to Khunde, Khumjung and back to Kyangjuma for the night.
        • Day 5: Trek to Mende (3,736m).
        • Day 6: Trek to Kyajo Ri base camp (4,550m).
        • Day 7: Rest and acclimatization at Kyajo Ri Base camp.
        • Day 8: Trek to Kyajo Ri Camp 1 (5,200m).
        • Day 9: Climb to Camp 2 (5,700m)
        • Day 10: Climb Kyajo Ri peak (6,186m) and back to Camp 1.
        • Day 11: Trek to base camp.
        • Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazar. Split from the Kyajo Ri team
        • Day 13: Rest day at Namche Bazar
        • Day 14: Trek to Pangbuche
        • Day 15: Ama Dablam base camp
        • Days 16 - 23: Ascent of Ama Dablam (6,856m). Ama Dablam has 3 camps. Camp 1(5,700m) Camp 2 (5,900m) Camp 3 (6,300m)
        • Day 24: Trek back to Namche Bazar
        • Day 25: Trek back to Lukla
        • Day 26: Early flight Lukla to Kathmandu
        • Day 27: Kathmandu city sightseeing, bit of shopping and farewell dinner  
        • Day 28, October 27th: Flights home

        IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

        • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
        • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
        • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
        • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.



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