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    • 02/03/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 02/04/2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Thielsen TH / Sno-Park, OR
    • 0
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    Join MAA members for a winter ascent of the "lightning-rod of the Cascades", Mt. Thielsen. With a needle-like summit and readily accessible just north of Crater Lake in Oregon, this peak is a fun winter climb. Attendees should be comfortable with winter camping, serious exposure and be confident with self-arrest and climbing steep snow. Loaner gear may be available to paid members. Elements of the SNOW 1-4 and MTN 2 training courses will be a part of this climb. Maximum of 8, recommended for those with good fitness and some mileage in the mountains.

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified.



    DETAILS
    • WHERE: Mt. Thielsen, central OR, north of Crater Lake, Hwy 138 just east of Diamond Lake.  
    • ROUTE: Winter ascent of the West Ridge (approx. 3 miles, moderate snow) or the North Ridge and to the summit pinnacle (Class 4, snow over volcanic rock) and back. Will bring ropes and some protection for safety. 
    • EVENT LEADER: Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org
    • GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2, Maximum 10
    • TRAINING AND CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: MTN 2 Winter Mountaineering and SNOW 1-4 training courses material will naturally be addressed on this event. In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should be able to hike 3 miles in deep snow, climb about 3,000 feet in snow with a 30 pound pack, climb loose, snow covered rock on an exposed ridge in a rope team, and be comfortable traversing steep snow without protection. 
    • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the event leader know if you need something. 
    • FITNESS AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate, but conditions may push the needle to "challenging". The ascent will probably take about 4 hours of constant effort, the descent about 3 hours. Be prepared for winds, cold temperatures and a heavy workload - it's a winter ascent.
    • 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: Check highway cams at www.tripcheck.org. Meet at 8:00 am at the Mt. Thielsen Sno-Park trail on Hwy 138, west of Diamond Lake, OR. You will need a sno-park pass, which must be arranged before hand. CA sno-park permits are honored in OR. There is a restroom there. 

    ITINERARY

    Prior - Selected team will communicate and coordinate details over email and phone.

    Friday, Feb. 3rd - Meet at 8:00 am at the Thielsen Sno-Park on Hwy 138. Sno-park pass is required to park there. We'll meet, sort gear and hit the trail by 10:00 am. Snowshoe / ski about 3 miles where we'll dig in our tents to establish basecamp. We'll review self-arrest and snow climbing technique, and enjoy a nice warm evening meal and an early bedtime.

    Saturday, Feb. 4th - Starting around dawn, we'll gear up and begin the ascent to the summit right from camp. Preferred route is the North Ridge, but we can also ascend the non-technical West Ridge. Either way, we aim to summit by noon and descend the West Ridge back to camp. We'll break down camp in the afternoon and trek back to the trailhead, arriving around 4 pm.

    REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR

    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood
    • 2 pair socks
    • 2 pair gloves / mittens
    • Gaiters*
    • Sunglasses / goggles
    • Balaclava / neck gaiter
    • Warm hat and/or balaclava
    • Tent with full fly and guylines*
    • Sleeping bag rated to freezing, or warmer
    • Cup, bowl, spoon
    • Stove, fuel, pot
    • Inflatable sleeping pad, and closed cell pad
    • Snow shovel, preferably with a steel blade
    • Snowshoes*, skis, or be prepared to posthole!
    • Trekking poles with snow baskets
    • Backpack 45 - 75 liters
    • High energy food, snacks and drinks for 36 hours
    • Water bottles or container system, 2 liters
    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries
    • Map* and compass
    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • Small personal first aid kit
    • Optional items for consideration: altimeter, small knife or multi-tool, bandana
    • Stiff, warm mountaineering boots
    • Steel crampons*
    • Mountain axe*
    • Lightweight alpine harness*
    • Climbing helmet*
    • 2 locking carabiners*
    • One tied or sewn runner / PAS, 48"*

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      For more information or questions about this climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or darren@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.

      • 02/11/2023
      • 02/19/2023
      • Cody, WY
      • 0
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      Join MAA in Cody for a stellar week of back-country ice climbing. This area is famous for adventurous multi-pitch ice climbing in an amazing mountain setting. We'll operate from a beautiful log cabin - no camping, just plenty of ice! This event is geared for those who are experienced back-country ice climbers, can lead or follow at the WI4-WI5 level, and can handle 1-3 hour approaches. Loaner gear is available to paid members. Maximum of 6 participants. Recommended ICE 3 or equivalent experience such as the MAA Bozeman ice expedition.

      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: Saturday, February 11th to Sunday, February 19th, 2023 (9 days: 2 days for travel and 7 for climbing)
      • LOCATION: Cody, Wyoming, Double Diamond X Ranch Cabin
      • SHARED COST: $850 per participant. This covers accommodations (cabin with kitchen) for 8 nights, airfare or mileage reimbursement to get the ELs and gear to Cody, and mandatory MAA operations and gear usage fee ($300)  
      • EVENT LEADERS: Paul Shaughnessy, 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:

      • Saturday, February 11th: Arrive in Cody. Meet and proceed to cabin, check in and prepare for the next 8 days.
      • Sunday, February 12th - Saturday, February 18th: Climbing multi-pitch back-country ice in teams of 2 or 3, returning to the cabin each night, or possibly driving into Cody one or two evenings for dinner in town.  
      • Sunday, February 19th: Clean up, check out and proceed home. 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • Because of the demands of this event it is for Apex or Base level participants only.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • Travel arrangements are separate. Flights can be arranged to Cody, remember winter time flights into Wyoming can be unreliable. Driving may also be hampered by winter storms and road closures.

      For more information or questions about this climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or darren@mountainascent.org, or (916) 872-3399.

      • 04/10/2023
      • 8:00 AM
      • 04/14/2023
      • 8:00 PM
      • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
      • 0
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      Join MAA members for a winter-style expedition on Mt. Whitney and ice climbing training at Thor Falls. Our expedition goals are three fold; 1. an early season 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! 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. 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: 4-day 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 in Lone Pine, 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. 
      • 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. This group cost will be split by everyone, TBD.
      • 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 early March 2020, TBD
      • DAY 1, Monday, April 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, Tuesday, April 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, Wednesday April 12 & Thursday April 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, Friday, April 14th: Return to the trailhead. Or contingency for bad weather.

      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 Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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