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    • 04/05/2020
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Carson Pass Sno-Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members on Round Top to climb the Crescent Moon Couloir. This moderate snow climb takes a interesting curving line right up the north face of 10,381 Round Top. Proficiency climbing steep snow / alpine ice in a rope team is required (Snow 3 and 4). Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified by email. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Round Top on highway 88 Carson Pass near Tahoe, climbing the Crescent Moon Colouir, moderate and steep snow. Simul-climbing in teams of 3 or 4, placing intermediate protection. 3 mile approach (to base of route at Winnemuca Lake), 1,800 feet total elevation gain to summit. Walk off the west ridge.
    • Where to meet: Carson Pass Sno-Park trailhead 7:30 am.
    • Event Leader: John Vanek
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3/6
    • What to bring: Mountain boots, crampons, mountain axe and second tool, harness, belay device, prusik, 48" sling or runner, PAS, 3 locking carabiners, layered clothing, climbing pack, trekking pole(s), food, water, personal items, 10 essentials. 
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.  

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

    • Additional Info: Until May 31 there is a mandatory Sno-Park pass fee of $5 per day to park here, or $25 season pass. One-day passes and Season Passes can be purchased online: https://secure.cloudwisesolutions.com/app/products.html

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training. 


    • 04/06/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 96
    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
    • 92
    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
    • 04/08/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online
    • 31
    Register

    Join us for a live online seminar presentation on "Climbing Mt. Rainier." The presentation is for all MAA paid members who would like to ascend this iconic NW volcano by the most popular or spectacular routes - 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! This is part of a series of live online presentations throughout April, weekly on Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m - 9:00 pm.

    DETAILS

    • FREE for Apex and Base members - you can become an Apex or Base MAA member here.
    • Call-in information is included in the registration confirmation email and in the body text of each event reminder email.
    • Presentation will be broadcast live over Google Meet as an interactive video conference call, using slides containing written information and images.
    • Please join the call using a computer or mobile device so you can view the presentation.
    • Presentation will last approximately 30-45 minutes, ending around 9:00, with time for questions and comments throughout the presentation and 15 minutes for general discussion at the end.
    • For more information on this presentation contact Darren at darren@mountainascent.org.
    • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


    • 04/11/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree National Park
    • 0

    In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly. 

    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. 
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.

    • 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

      • 04/15/2020
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Online
      • 39
      Register

      Join us for a live online seminar presentation on "Climbing Mt. Shasta." The presentation is for all MAA paid members who would like to ascend this magnificent fourteener by the most popular or spectacular routes - 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! This is part of a series of live online presentations throughout April, weekly on Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m - 9:00 pm.

      DETAILS

      • FREE for Apex and Base members - you can become an Apex or Base MAA member here.
      • Call-in information is included in the registration confirmation email and in the body text of each event reminder email.
      • Presentation will be broadcast live over Google Meet as an interactive video conference call, using slides containing written information and images.
      • Please join the call using a computer or mobile device so you can view the presentation.
      • Presentation will last approximately 30-45 minutes, ending around 9:00, with time for questions and comments throughout the presentation and 15 minutes for general discussion at the end.
      • For more information on this presentation contact Darren at darren@mountainascent.org.
      • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


      • 04/22/2020
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Online
      • 43
      Register

      Join us for a live online seminar presentation on "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes." The presentation is for all MAA paid members who would like to ascend any or all of this chain of snowy, glaciated peaks - Baker, Glacier Peak, Rainier, Little Tahoma, St. Helens, Adams, Hood, Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Washington, The Sisters, Broken Top, Bachelor, Thielsen, McLoughlin, Shasta and Lassen! 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! This is part of a series of live online presentations throughout April, weekly on Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m - 9:00 pm.

      DETAILS

      • FREE for Apex and Base members - you can become an Apex or Base MAA member here.
      • Call-in information is included in the registration confirmation email and in the body text of each event reminder email.
      • Presentation will be broadcast live over Google Meet as an interactive video conference call, using slides containing written information and images.
      • Please join the call using a computer or mobile device so you can view the presentation.
      • Presentation will last approximately 30-45 minutes, ending around 9:00, with time for questions and comments throughout the presentation and 15 minutes for general discussion at the end.
      • For more information on this presentation contact Darren at darren@mountainascent.org.
      • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


      • 04/25/2020
      • 7:00 AM
      • 04/26/2020
      • 8:00 PM
      • Lone Pine, CA
      • 3

      In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly.

      Join MAA members on a climb of Mt. Langley via the NE Couloir. This is an overnight adventure with a long moderate snow climb to the top of the southernmost 14'er. 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. Langley 14,026 via the NE Couloir route, steep snow up to 50 degrees, approx. 7,000' ascent. Overnight backcountry camping.
      • Where to meet: Lone Pine, CA, exact location TBD
      • Event Leader: Kevin Koenig
      • 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.
      • What to bring: List will be sent in body of registration confirmation email
      • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals. 

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

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1: Saturday, April 25th. Meet and greet in Lone Pine, CA. Gear and packing, caravan out to the trailhead. Make the approach to arrive at basecamp before dark. Prep for early start.
      • DAY 2: Sunday, April 26th. Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp and return to the trailhead  

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

      • 05/04/2020
      • 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.

      • 05/04/2020
      • 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 MTN 1 and ICE-R. 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: May 4th, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

      TO REGISTER:

      TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

      • MTN 1 - Day 1: Basic Mountaineering. Mountain camping and travel skills, map and compass navigation and route finding, extensive overview of clothing, equipment and gear, backcountry and off-trail travel, white gas and canister stoves, sleep system considerations, water, food, knots, shelter options and considerations, and making an effective basecamp. Day 2: Peak ascent. Itinerary, gear selection, packing, pacing, efficient movement with boots and pack, rock scrambling, moving a team through terrain with loose rock, spotting, short belay, climbing easy fixed lines, lowering or rappelling, and making the descent.
      • ICE-RGlacier travel and crevasse rescue instruction and practice. Orientation to glaciers, roping up for glacier travel, rescue coil, reading and navigating glaciers, team self-arrest, knots, gear, rescue sequences, ascending the rope (self rescue), 3:1 Z-drag crevasse rescue, C-pulley or dropped loop, and piggybacking systems to get maximum mechanical advantage

      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
      • 05/18/2020
      • 6:00 AM
      • 05/23/2020
      • 10:00 PM
      • Independence, CA
      • 0

      In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly.

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

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

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Early season climbing fourteeners Mt. Williamson 14,375 (second highest peak in CA), and Mt. Tyndall 14,018, via a host of multi-pitch easy and moderate traditional alpine rock routes or scrambling routes, all with snow approaches and descents. We'll be climbing with daypacks containing crampons, a mountain axe and our gear. Routes vary from 5-9 pitches, most are approx. 1,000' ascents. Mountain travel and camping, mostly in snow, in a remote area. 6 total days to allow for travel, acclimatization, climbing days, training days, rest days, and weather contingency.
      • Routes Options: On Mt. Williamson we are looking at the North Rib IV, 5.7, North Arete III, 5.4, and the descent route, West Face Class 3. On Mt. Tyndall we are looking at the North Rib Class 3, East Face East Pillar II, 5.6, East Gully III, 5.8 and NW Ridge Class 2.  
      • Where to meet: 6:00 am, town of Independence, CA. Monday May 18th.
      • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, 916-872-3399
      • Minimum / Maximum: 3,9
      • Required Skills and Fitness: Please take training for this event seriously! Solid cardio fitness to hike 12 miles and approx. 6,000 feet gain with a heavy pack in a single, long day to basecamp on Day 1. Then climbing big alpine rock and snow routes for a few days, and completing the descent 12 miles back to the TH at the end of the week. Proficient snow climbing and self-arrest, proficient multi-pitch rock climbing, scrambling, lead belaying, following and cleaning, rappelling, and mountain travel and camping on snow for 6 days. 
      • What to bring: Warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body - 4 layers for upper and 3 layers for lower, minimum. 2 pair socks and gloves, warm mittens, warm headwear, sunglasses, goggles, gaiters. Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, lightweight crampons, ice axe, 15-30 liter climbing pack and 50 - 75 liter main pack, 3-season mountain boots compatible with your crampons, food for 6 days, capacity for 2 liters of water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp with extra batteries, trekking pole(s), bear canister, spoon, bowl, first aid kit, personal items. Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be decided on the conference call ahead of time, or decided at the trailhead. 
      • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount from 25 - 40% on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

      ITINERARY:

      • PRIOR: Expedition Conference Call in April, exact dates TBD
      • DAY 1 - Monday, May 18th: Meet in Independence at 6:00 a.m. for logistics and finalize preparations. Drive to Symmes Creek TH, park. Hike all 12 miles up Shepherd Pas and down into Williamson Bowl to set up basecamp, hopefully before nightfall. 
      • DAY 2, Tuesday, May 19th:  All teams will rest, continue acclimatizing, and review multi-pitch climbing techniques and scout routes, approaches and descent
      • DAY 3 - 5, Wednesday, May 20th - Friday, May 22nd: Climbing in various teams on selected routes each day, starting at first light and climbing until close to darkness. Return to camp each evening, rest, prep for tomorrow. Repeat!
      • DAY 6, Saturday, May 23rd: Break camp early, descend all the way back to trailhead, celebratory dinner in Independence, and drive home that night or next morning.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

      • 07/06/2020
      • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
      • Live Video Conference Call
      • 99
      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.

      • 07/06/2020
      • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Live Video Conference Call
      • 98
      Register

      Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on ROCK 1, 2 & 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: July 6th, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

      TO REGISTER:

      TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

      • ROCK 1: Full day orientation and instruction in basic rock climbing. Safety, commands, knots, tying in, climbing gear, fitting, belaying methods and technique, easy scrambling practice, spotting, foundational footwork, handholds and body position, lowering, slab climbing, crack climbing and face climbing technique and practice.
      • ROCK 2: Full day of next-level climbing technique, with introduction to rappelling. Review knots, continue belay technique, anchoring the belayer, in-depth face and crack climbing technique, coaching each participant on advanced techniques, and instruction on rappelling with a back-up system.
      • ROCK 3: Full day introduction to sport lead climbing. Instruction and practice building a bolted top-rope belay anchor, bolt assessment, racking draws, flaking rope, lead belaying, catching a lead fall, placing draws on lead, clipping the rope, resting on lead, falling on lead, and cleaning the anchor. Simulated and full sport lead climbing practice. 

      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
      • 08/03/2020
      • 9:00 AM
      • 08/06/2020
      • 10:00 PM
      • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
      • 0

      In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly.

      Join MAA to climb the stellar 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. 
      • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals. 
      • 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 the Eastern Sierra Interagency Center in Lone Pine at 8:00 a.m. to see how many walk-up permits we can acquire. Based on that outcome, between one and six people will drive up to Whitney Portal at 9:00 am, review logistics. Ascend the north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to establish MAA basecamp at Lower Boy Scout Lake. Review multi-pitch climbing techniques.
      • DAY 2, Tuesday, August 4th: Up to six more people meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Center in Lone Pine at 8:00 am. These teams will meet up at Whitney Portal at 9:00 am, review logisitics, then ascend to Iceberg Lake, set camp. The Monday team will also ascent to Iceberg Lake. All teams will 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

      • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.
      • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 
      • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.
      • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.
      • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.
      • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.
      • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.
      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training. 


      • 09/07/2020
      • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
      • Live Video Conference Call
      • 99
      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.

      • 09/07/2020
      • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Live Video Conference Call
      • 98
      Register

      Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on ROCK 4, 5 & 6. 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: September 7th, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

      TO REGISTER:

      TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

      • ROCK 4: Comprehensive protection and anchors instruction. Introduction to trad climbing gear, protection (natural, active & passive artificial, fixed), placing protection, assessment of single-point anchors, concepts of SRENE, equalization, v-angle, instruction and practice in all varieties of multi-point and multi-directional belay anchors and associated belay methods. 
      • ROCK 5: Full day of simulated trad lead climbing (up to 5.9) from the safety of an established top-rope. You will get instruction and practice in following a leader, racking gear, flaking rope, lead belaying, catching a lead fall, placing and assessing gear on lead, clipping the rope, resting on lead, bailing from a route, falling on lead, route finding and strategy. 
      • ROCK 6: Single pitch, from-the-ground-up lead climbing course. We start on conservative terrain and will coach you through your first trad lead move by move to build your confidence and expertise. You'll practice and learn how best to select, place (when, where, how) and assess gear on lead, as well as belaying a leader, belaying followers, strategic racking, clipping, cleaning, and review building multi-point belay anchors.

      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



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