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    • 01/25/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tamarack Peak on Hwy 431
    • 1
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members at Tamarack Peak near Tahoe for some scenic backcountry skiing. This is one of the most accessible peaks with a variety of friendly bowls and terrain. Current Avalanche 1 training and avy gear required to attend. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on MAA profile, including evidence of Avy Level 1 and equipment. Those registered will be notified.

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Backcountry skiing on Tamarack Peak, laps on bowls and ridges with 600' vert skiable terrain. Less than 1 mile approach, elevations from 8,600 to 9,900 feet. From the parking lot, skin due west through the sparse, rolling forest, aiming for the saddle between Tamarack and Galena Peaks. From here, turn south (left) and find the ridgeline to Tamarack’s summit. Be sure to remember the ascent route and surrounding landscape for the last descent to the car. The parking lot is hidden out of view behind a small ridge for most of the way back.
    • Where to meet: 8:00 am, roadside parking with room for over 20 cars located on Highway 431, 1 mile east of the highway’s summit. This parking area is 15.5 miles west of the 395-431 junction near Reno, and 9 miles east of the 28-431 junction near Incline Village.
    • Event Leader: Will Beaubien (415) 218-7936
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
    • What to bring: Skis, boots, skins, poles, avy beacon, probe, shovel, appropriate winter clothing and layers, lunch, water, pack and sense of adventure!
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: While winter driving expect storms, carry chains and plan extra time for treacherous conditions.
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
    • 01/26/2019
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), Southern Cal.
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA for a one-day winter ascent of Mt. San Antonio (Baldy). We will hike from 6,000' to 8,200', take a break at the ski hut and climb one of the chutes in Baldy Bowl on our way to the summit at 10,000'. There are many chutes to choose from and with the recent heavy snowfall it should be a blast! Prior experience climbing steep snow is required.

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

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Hike from Manker Flats (6,000') via the Baldy Bowl trail to the ski hut (8,200'), then climb one of the chutes in Baldy Bowl (1000' - 1600' of snow climbing on slopes up to 40-45 degrees) on our way to the summit (10,064'). The total mileage & elevation gain one-way: 4.5mi/4,000'. This is a moderate to strenuous climb and should take most of the day depending on weather and strength of the team. 
    • Where to meet: Manker Flats (map) at 6am; Adventure Pass required (an America The Beautiful - National Parks pass is also a valid Adventure Pass - must be displayed in your vehicle)
    • Event Leader: Todd Martin (949) 922-2253
    • Minimum / Maximum: 2-10
    • What to bring: mountain boots, mountain axe*, crampons*, snowshoes (depending on conditions), helmet*, leash to axe (optional), gloves, backpack, water, food, sunglasses, trekking poles, climbing layers (wicking, warm, waterproof), compass, map, first aid. (*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 Base, Peak, or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
      • 01/27/2019
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Rubicon Peak, west shore of Lake Tahoe
      • 3
      Register

      SKI 2: BACKCOUNTRY SKIING training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an intermediate level skiier and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

      • 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
      • Side country skiing

      PREREQUISITES: Apex membership, SKI 1 or equivalent experience, off-piste proficiency on black diamond terrain, Level 1 Avalanche certification or better, and bring beacon, shovel, and probe.

      RECOMMENDED FOR: All current 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: Javier Martinez (916) 467-6824, Will Beaubien (415) 218-7936

      DURATION: 8 hours

      LOCATION: Rubicon Peak, west shore of Lake Tahoe

      MEET: At the pullouts at highway 89 about 1 mile south of Scenic Dr.

      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. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

      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

      • Warm hat and/or balaclava

      EQUIPMENT

      • Backpack

      • High energy food, snacks and drinks

      • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

      • Sunscreen

      • Small personal first aid kit

      • Optional items for consideration: trekking poles, camera

      GEAR

      • Ski boots or snowboard boots

      • Skis, snowboard

      • Ski poles

      • Avalanche beacon

      • Shovel

      • Probe

      *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:

      • 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.


      • 02/06/2019
      • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
      • 95
      Register

      Join a nationally certified MAA instructor for a live training con call. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion and Q & A on that week's topic. Please come prepared with having watched the corresponding online training videos. 

      DETAILS

      • This training will discuss the knowledge and skills in ICE 1, ICE 2, and ICE 3
      • The call lasts about 30 minutes, from 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      • Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions!
      • For more information on the proposed annual schedule of training events, please see this document
      • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document



      • 02/13/2019
      • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
      • 99
      Register

      Join a nationally certified MAA instructor for a live training con call. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion and Q & A on that week's topic. Please come prepared with having watched the corresponding online training videos. 

      DETAILS

      • This training will discuss the knowledge and skills in MTN 2
      • The call lasts about 30 minutes, from 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      • Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions!
      • For more information on the proposed annual schedule of training events, please see this document
      • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document



      • 02/14/2019
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Cave Valley, Auburn Quarry, Auburn, CA
      • 7
      Register

      Join MAA members at the Auburn Quarry for fun top rope climbing on steep limestone. This low elevation area is temperate during the winter months and shoulder seasons, with a short drive from the city. There is a range of difficulty available, with all levels welcome. Ideal participants can belay safely and tie in.  Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to 10. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Top rope climbing at Auburn Quarry, 5.7 - 5.10 sport bolted routes, bolted anchors, 3/4 mile approach on a gravel road.
      • Where to meet: Quarry trail parking area on Hwy 49, just past the bridge. There is a fee to use the parking lot, or you can park for free on the highway and walk up.
      • Event Leader: Colleen Schemrich
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
      • What to bring: Harness, shoes, helmet, belay device, locking carabiner, chalk if desired, sturdy footwear for the walk in, lunch, water, small daypack, jacket
      • 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 Base, Peak, or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
      • 02/15/2019
      • 9:00 AM
      • 02/16/2019
      • 5:00 PM
      • Truckee, California
      • 5
      Register

      MTN 2: WINTER MOUNTAINEERING 2-day training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an intermediate level mountaineer and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

      • Winter climbing, camping and travel skills
      • Advanced map and compass navigation in winter or glacier terrain
      • Snow camping and winter basecamp living
      • Snow shelters including caves, quinzhees, hybrid shelter and tents
      • Winter sleep system considerations
      • Food, nutrition and obtaining water in winter
      • Physical training tips
      • Winter mountaineering gear, clothing and equipment
      • Knots for climbing and camping

      • Climbing a semi-technical peak

      • Rappelling in a winter environment

      • Fixed lines in a winter environment

      RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA 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: 32 hours

      MEET: At Wild Cherries Coffee House in Truckee, 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. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

      CLOTHING

      • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

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

      • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

      • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

      • 2 pair of warm socks

      • Gloves

      • Gaiters

      • Sunglasses

      • Warm hat and/or balaclava

      • Sun hat or covering

      EQUIPMENT

      • 4-season tent - may be group gear

      • 45 - 75 liter backpack - save space for group gear

      • Cookset - may be group gear

      • Stove and fuel - may be group gear

      • Sleeping bag, rated to freezing, with compression stuffsack

      • High energy food, snacks and drinks

      • Sleeping pads - (ideally one inflatable, one not)

      • Spoon, mug

      • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system, 2 liters minimum total capacity

      • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

      • Compass with adjustable declination

      • Sunscreen

      • Small personal first aid kit

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

      CLIMBING GEAR

      • Mountaineering boots or hiking boots

      • Harness*

      • Climbing helmet*

      • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

      • Ice axe *

      • Double length (48") sewn runner or PAS*

      • 2 locking carabiners*

      • Prusik cord*

      *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:

      • 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.

      • 02/28/2019
      • 03/06/2019
      • Cody, WY
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      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 bunkhouse - no camping, just plenty of ice! For those who are already experienced ice lead climbers. 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 and can pay the expedition fee.

      DETAILS:

      • DATES: Tuesday, February 28th to Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
      • LOCATION: Cody, Wyoming, Double XX Diamond Ranch Bunkhouse
      • COST: bunkhouse $39 per night per person, $10 for linens, 10% discount for AAC members. Payable upon arrival. 
      • EVENT LEADERS: Paul Shaughnessy, Frederick Lorenz
      • MIN / MAX: 3/6
      • 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 bunkhouse, either driving or flying. This will be coordinated as a group. 
      • LODGING: Bunkhouse is about an hour drive from Cody, and only a short drive from the ice climbing. Each person will pay for their own lodging upon arrival. 

      ITINERARY:

      • Thursday, February 28th: Arrive in Cody. Meet and proceed to bunkhouse, check in and prepare for the next 6 days.
      • Friday, March 1st - Tuesday, March 5th: Climbing multi-pitch back-country ice in teams of 2 or 3, return to the bunkhouse each night, or possibly drive into Cody.  
      • Wednesday, March 6th: Clean up, check out and proceed home. 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • 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.

      • 04/01/2019
      • 8:00 AM
      • 04/03/2019
      • 8:00 PM
      • Bunny Flat trailhead, Mt. Shasta
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Join MAA members on Mt. Shasta for an intriguing ascent of the intriguing Sargents Ridge. This ridge climb provides the full mountain experience of steep snow, some exposure, a variety of terrain and a 7,000' ascent over two days. 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!

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

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Sargents Ridge, steep snow (50 degrees) some exposure, 7,000' ascent, winter camping.
      • Where to meet: 8:00 Bunny Flat trailhead
      • Event Leader: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,10
      • What to bring: List will be sent in body of registration confirmation email
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • Additional Info: Shasta summit pass is required

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1: Meet and greet at Bunny Flat 8:00 am. Logistics. Ascend to basecamp on the ridge, dig in. Scout for tomorrow.
      • DAY 2: Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp
      • DAY 3: Weather / contingency day

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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



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