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    • 12/20/2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • 12/21/2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • June Lake, Ca
    • 8
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    Join us in June Lake for top rope water ice climbing and winter climbing training! This event is a combined cragging event with ICE 1, ICE 2, and an overnight MTN 2 training component. APEX Members only, upgrade as a renewal here. You may attend both days or one day only. Depending upon conditions, we'll climb at Horsetail Falls, Tatum Falls or ice crags at the foot of Carson Peak. The MTN 2 component is available for anyone who'd like to snow camp the night of Friday the 20th. Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, and prior experience winter camping is recommended. Participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENING EVENT: This combined climbing and training event is only available for our APEX members. Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified.

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Ice cragging and ICE 1 and ICE 2 training at Horsetail Falls or assorted nearby crags, in June Lake, using top rope belays and mock lead climbing. MTN 2 winter mountaineering training component available for those who arrive on Friday the 20th and camp overnight. Horsetail Falls has a steep 1.5 mile approach, use of a short fixed line and a possible treacherous stream crossing. One or both days are possible with this RSVP - please designate your itinerary when registering.

    Where to meet: At the barriers at the end of the Hwy 158, near the power plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.

    Event Leader: Darren Shutt, 916-872-3399

    Minimum / Maximum: 3,10

    What to bring: Warm mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, ice tools, snowshoes or skis, harness, helmet, belay device, warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, puffy, food, 3 liters of water, large pack, trekking poles. If camping please bring winter mountaineering equipment such as 4-season tent, below freezing rated sleeping bag, 2 pads, stove, headlamp, etc. Crampons, ice tools, tent, snowshoes, and some camping gear may be provided by MAA upon request, first come first serve. MAA will provide ropes and technical ice climbing equipment.

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

    Additional Info: If conditions are not good or unsafe, this event may be cancelled or altered, even with very little notice. Driving on winter roads is hazardous, carry chains and plan extra time for travel.

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1 - Friday, December 20th: Please arrive at the trailhead at 7:00 am. Meet and greet, gear up, logistics. We will proceed up to the mountain to make a winter camp. Late morning, we'll start ice climbing and training on Horsetail Falls or other nearby crag until dark. Return to camp for the night.

    Day 2 - Saturday, December 21st: Darren and a few folks will descend the hill to meet any other attendees at the trailhead at 7:00 am. We'll escort everyone back to the crags, then ice climbing until about 3:30 or so. Pack up camp and head back to the cars, then dinner in town.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a current 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.
    • 12/28/2019
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Castle Peak, Exit 176 off I-80
    • 1
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    Join MAA members for a winter climb and training on Castle Peak. This is a moderately steep, technical winter ascent of the highest point in the Donner Pass area near Lake Tahoe. Summiting the pinnacle will require ascending a fixed line and rappelling off the backside. Participants will receive training and gain experience in ROCK 2, SNOW 1, SKI 1 and MTN 2. Prior experience snow climbing, snowshoeing / skiing, ascending fixed lines and rappelling is recommended, as well as fitness to handle a long day out! Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Castle Peak 9,103 near I-80. Ascending snowy trail and slopes via snowshoes, skis, or crampons. 6 miles total, 2,000' total gain. Use of fixed lines and rappelling to ascend and descend from the highest point. Maximum 45 degrees snow. Always the possibility of avalanches and winter weather - be prepared. We will not carry beacons but will carry shovels and probes, and will assess and avoid avalanche terrain. MAA will supply ropes and manage the technical climbing.
    • Where to meet: Exit 176 off I-80 at the Sno-Park, 7:00 am. Sno-Park pass required! Get yours online, at the Boreal Inn, REI or The Backcountry in Truckee. 
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt 916-872-3399
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3,10
    • What to bring: Sno-Park pass, warm mountaineering boots, mountain axe*, crampons compatible with your boots*, helmet*,  lightweight harness*, belay device*, 4-6 mm prusik*, 2 locking carabiners*, two double length slings*, snow shovel*, avalanche probe if you have it, snowshoes* or skis, gaiters*, 2 pair of gloves, backpack, 2 liters of water, food for the day, balaclava / neck gaiter, beanie, sunglasses, trekking poles with snow baskets, climbing layers including puffy with a hood (wicking, warm, waterproof), compass, map, first aid, recommend hand warmers. (*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve.)
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
      • In order to register you must be a current Base or Apex MAA 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.
      • 12/29/2019
      • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Carson Pass Sno-Park
      • 2
      Register
      Join MAA members on Round Top for a winter ascent of the West Ridge. This moderate 3rd class ridge route is scenic and popular, going directly to the summit. In winter it is an adventurous route; plan for cold, windy conditions. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

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

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

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

      Event Leader: John Vanek

      Minimum / Maximum: 3/8

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

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

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

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • 01/11/2020
      • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Above Cascade Lake, at Lake Tahoe
      • 0
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      Join MAA Members for Ice Climbing and Winter Mountaineering Training near Lake Tahoe. Our main objective is ice climbing on the elusive Cascade Falls with a secondary objective of climbing Maggie's Peak. ICE 1, SNOW 1, SKI 1 training included. Prior snow climbing and ice climbing experience recommended. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Top rope ice climbing at Cascade Falls, if available. About 2 miles each way of snowshoeing and/or snow climbing while breaking a trail will be necessary to access from the north side Hwy 89 road closure. Alternate winter ascent of one or both summits of Maggie's Peaks 8,699. ICE 1, SNOW 1, SKI 1 training included. 
      • Where to meet: 6:00 am at the Hwy 89 north side road closure proximate to Emerald Bay, west side of Lake Tahoe. 
      • Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399
      • Minimum / Maximum: 3,10
      • What to bring: Warm mountaineering boots, sharp crampons compatible with your boots, ice tools, harness, helmet, belay device, locking carabiners, a few slings, winter layers, 2 pairs gloves, sunglasses, snowshoes, backpack, food, water, first aid. MAA will provide all ropes and technical equipment. If you need to loan something please contact the Event Leader beforehand.
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • Additional Info: This event may be altered in case of unfavorable weather or conditions.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
      • 01/24/2020
      • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
      • Lee Vining, California
      • 7
      Register

      ICE 1: WATER ICE CLIMBING and ICE 2: WATER ICE LEAD CLIMBING combo training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a experienced MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an beginning level or intermediate level ice climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. Maximum of 8.

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

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

      • Top rope steep water ice climbing

      • Ice tool technique

      • Crampon footwork technique

      • Crampon footwork technique

      • Top-rope belaying
      • Climbing communication

      • Lowering on top rope

      • Resting on route

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

      • Placing, assessing, clipping and cleaning ice screws

      • Building and assessing multi-point ice anchors

      • Refined ice climbing technique

      • Strategy, resting, and picking a line

      • Racking and preparation

      • Lead belaying

      • Route planning

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

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

      DURATION: 9 hours

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

      WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

      PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something.

      CLOTHING

      • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

      • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

      • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

      • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

      • Socks

      • Gloves and/or mittens

      • Gaiters

      • Sunglasses

      • Warm hat and/or balaclava

      EQUIPMENT

      • Backpack - save space for group gear

      • High energy food, snacks and drinks

      • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

      • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

      • Sunscreen

      • Small personal first aid kit

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

      CLIMBING GEAR

      • Ice climbing or mountaineering boots

      • Harness*

      • Climbing helmet*

      • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

      • Ice tools*

      • 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

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

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

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

      • Auto locking belay device*

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

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

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • This event is for current APEX members only

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

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

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

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


      • 02/08/2020
      • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
      • June Lake, California
      • 4
      Register

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

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

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

      • Lead climbing or mock lead climbing on water ice

      • Placing, assessing, clipping and cleaning ice screws

      • Building and assessing multi-point ice anchors

      • Refined ice climbing technique

      • Strategy, resting, and picking a line

      • Racking and preparation

      • Lead belaying

      • Route planning

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

      • V-thread and A-thread rappel anchors

      • Efficient transitions

      • Climbing snow and ice at altitude and with bivy packs

      • Anchor building with all available protection

      • Belaying options and considerations

      • Lowering in guide mode

      • Climbing rock with crampons and ice tools

      • Route planning and strategy

      FOR: All Apex members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

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

      DURATION: 9 hours

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

      WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

      PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. 

      CLOTHING

      • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

      • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

      • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

      • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

      • Socks

      • Gloves and/or mittens

      • Gaiters

      • Sunglasses

      • Warm hat and/or balaclava

      EQUIPMENT

      • Backpack - save space for group gear

      • High energy food, snacks and drinks

      • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

      • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

      • Sunscreen

      • Small personal first aid kit

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

      CLIMBING GEAR

      • Ice climbing or mountaineering boots

      • Harness*

      • Climbing helmet*

      • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

      • Ice tools*

      • 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

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

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

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

      • Auto locking belay device*

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

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

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • This event is for current APEX members only.

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

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

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

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


      • 02/28/2020
      • 03/04/2020
      • Cody, WY
      • 0
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      Join MAA in Cody for a stellar week of back-country ice climbing. This area is famous for adventurous multi-pitch ice climbing in an amazing mountain setting. We'll operate from a cabin - no camping, just plenty of ice! For those who are experienced ice lead climbers or can follow WI4 and WI5. Loaner gear is available to paid members. Maximum of 6 participants. Recommended ICE 3 or equivalent experience. 

      Screened Event: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified with instructions to pay the expedition fee.

      DETAILS:

      • DATES: Friday, February 28th to Wednesday, March 4th, 2019 (6 days: 2 days for travel and 4 for climbing; leap year, so there is a Feb 29th)
      • LOCATION: Cody, Wyoming, Double XX Diamond Ranch Cabin
      • COST: $678 per participant. This covers accommodations (cabin with kitchen) for 5 nights, airfare or mileage reimbursement to get the ELs and gear to Cody, and MAA operations fee ($300)  
      • EVENT LEADERS: Paul Shaughnessy, Frederick Lorenz, Todd Martin
      • MIN / MAX: 3/6
      • 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, biners, slings, any personal lead climbing or anchor building equipment, rope, cold weather clothing, shell layers, multiple socks and gloves, pack, sleeping bag, travel clothes.
      • MEDICAL: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • TRAVEL: Each person is responsible for their travel to the cabin, either driving or flying. This will be coordinated as a group. 
      • LODGING: Cabin is about an hour drive from Cody, and only a short drive from the ice climbing. Cost for the cabin is included in the expedition fee. 

      ITINERARY:

      • Friday, February 28th: Arrive in Cody. Meet and proceed to cabin, check in and prepare for the next 5 days.
      • Saturday, February 29th - Tuesday, March 3rd: Climbing multi-pitch back-country ice in teams of 2 or 3, return to the cabin each night, or possibly drive into Cody.  
      • Wednesday, March 4th: Clean up, check out and proceed home. 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base, or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • Travel arrangements are separate. Flights can be arranged to Cody, remember winter time flights into Wyoming can be unreliable. Driving may also be hampered by winter storms and road closures.

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

      • 02/28/2020
      • 9:00 AM
      • 02/29/2020
      • 5:00 PM
      • Bishop, CA
      • 7
      Register

      Join MAA members at the Gorge in Bishop for a weekend of top-rope rock climbing. Get away from the ice and snow for a couple of days and enjoy some rad rock climbing. All levels are welcome. Bring your gear and belay skills to climb many of the hundreds of routes at this popular area. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

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

      ITINERARY:

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

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

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

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


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

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

      DETAILS:

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

      ITINERARY:

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

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be an Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
      • 04/11/2020
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree National Park
      • 5
      Register
      Joshua Tree Rock Climbing! Meet up with other MAA members for some sublime desert rock top roping and leading! Bring your rock mojo, your rad gear and mad belay skills! Open to all Base and Apex members. This is Day 3 of 3, please register for each day separately. We have room for up to 8 people each day. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Top rope rock climbing at Joshua Tree NP. Exact crag(s) will be determined that morning. Mostly single pitch top rope climbing on crack and slab, and other interesting features. Leading on sport and trad routes possible with proven experience and on the discretion of the EL. 
      • Where to meet: Intersection Rock near Hidden Valley CG at 8:00 am
      • Event Leader: Darren Shutt 916-872-3399
      • Minimum / Maximum: 2/8
      • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, approach shoes, belay device, 2 locking carabiners,  a sling or PAS, jacket, lots of water, lunch. Bring your own rack and slings if you intend to lead or mock lead (on the discretion of the EL). Ropes and technical equipment provided by MAA. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • Where to stay: Accommodations are self-arranged. Recommended Ryan Rocks CG, Hidden Valley CG, Indian Cove CG, Black Rock CG, or BLM land, or in the town of Joshua Tree / Twenty Nine Palms.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
        • 04/22/2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 04/25/2020
        • 8:00 PM
        • Bunny Flat trailhead, Mt. Shasta
        • 7
        Register

        Join MAA APEX members on Mt. Shasta for an ascent of the intriguing Casaval Ridge. The classic late-winter climb on Shasta provides the full mountain experience of steep snow, some exposure, a variety of terrain and a 7,000' ascent over two or three days. If the mountain is not cooperative we'll climb multi-pitch rock at nearby Castle Crags. For APEX members only, please upgrade as a renewal here. Team members should have solid alpine snow climbing, self arrest and winter camping skills. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

        DETAILS:

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

        ITINERARY:

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

        IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

        • In order to register you must be a Apex member.
        • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
        • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
        • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
        • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
        • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
        • 06/03/2020
        • 5:00 PM
        • 06/06/2020
        • 8:00 PM
        • Mt. Jefferson
        • 0
        Join waitlist

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

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

        DETAILS:

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

        ITINERARY:

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

        IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

        • In order to register you must be an Apex member.
        • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
        • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
        • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
        • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.



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