Upcoming events

    • 03/26/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Mt. Hood 2019 Expedition Conference Call

    Please join us for a video conference call to discuss the upcoming Mt. Hood Southside Expedition in May. This call is for everyone - confirmed team members, those on the waitlist, or just interested. We'll discuss our objectives and itinerary, coordinate logistics, and answer any questions you may have. Hope you'll join us to get up to date with what's happening!

    Details:

    • The meeting will be held online and a link will with call details will be sent to those who register.
    • Calls typically last an hour or less.
    • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • We'll view 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. You will see video and images from the event leaders.
    • 03/26/2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Tetons 2019 Expedition Conference Call

    Please join us for a video conference call to discuss the upcoming Tetons Expedition in late June. This call is for everyone - confirmed team members, those on the waitlist, or just interested. We'll discuss our objectives and itinerary, coordinate logistics, and answer any questions you may have. Hope you'll join us to get up to date with what's happening!

    Details:

    • The meeting will be held online and a link will with call details will be sent to those who register.
    • Calls typically last an hour or less.
    • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • We'll view 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. You will see video and images from the event leaders.
    • 03/27/2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Mt. Shasta Sargents and Casaval Climbs Conference Call

    Please join us for a video conference call to discuss the upcoming Mt. Shasta Sargents Ridge and Casaval Ridge climbs in early April. This call is for confirmed team members, those on the waitlist, or just interested. We'll discuss our objectives and itinerary, coordinate logistics, and answer any questions you may have. Hope you'll join us to get up to date with what's happening!

    Details:

    • The meeting will be held online and a link will with call details will be sent to those who register.
    • Calls typically last an hour or less.
    • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • We'll view 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. You will see video and images from the event leaders.
    • 03/30/2019
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Truckee, CA
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    Join MAA members on a classic Tahoe snow climb up the North Face of Donner Peak. This climb presents the opportunity to practice your steep snow and ice climbing skills and also summit a scenic rocky peak in winter. Best fit for those with prior experience in roped climbing on steep snow with two tools. Recommended Snow 3 and Snow 4 training, or equivalent experience. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 3 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. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Climbing steep snow and some water ice on the northeast face of Donner Peak, elev. 7,056, near Truckee, CA. Up to 60 degrees, WI2. Roped climbing on a running belay, with occasional anchored belays. Approx. 1,000' gain from Snowshed.

    Where to meet: 7:00 am. Parking lot at the Donner Lake overlook curved bridge, just below Donner Summit. Exit 174 from I-80.

    Event Leader: Roger Coss, rcoss15@comcast.net, (209) 815-3981

    Minimum / Maximum: 4,9

    What to bring: Mountain axe and ice tool or hybrid axe, crampons, mountaineering boots, belay device, carabiners, slings, any snow or ice protection, rope, backpack, lunch, water, trekking poles, winter clothing, waterproof, warm layers and storm layers, headlamp.

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

    Additional Info: Any suspect avalanche conditions on this face will alter our route to the NW Ridge instead, or cancel the event. Winter storm conditions may cancel the event entirely. Winter driving is treacherous; carry chains, go slow, and plan plenty of time for travel. 

    ITINERARY:

    • Meet at 7:00 am, sort gear and select teams. Walk across the highway and across the stream to the base of the Snowshed Wall. Go left to ascend snow and rock slopes to the old train tunnel. Cross short steep section of rock / snow to gain top of snowshed. Walk across snowshed roof until below the NE face of Donner. Teams will climb unroped until at the steeper sections of the face, then use running belay and anchored belayed climbing to ascend to the NW ridge. Follow NW ridge to summit at 7,056. Descend back down the face or take the NW ridge back to the cars. 

    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.
    • 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 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, Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,12
    • What to bring: List will be sent in body of registration confirmation email
    • Fees / Regulations: There is a fee to climb, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags provided by USFS. Both can be handled at the Bunny Flat TH. Please see info here.
    • 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:

    • Coordinate on the member's forum here.
    • 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.
    • 04/03/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Consumnes River Gorge parking, 5225 Bucks Bar Rd, near Placerville, CA
    • 4
    Register

    Join MAA at Consumnes River Gorge for a day of top-rope rock climbing. All levels are welcome. Bring your gear and belay skills for a fun day out at this scenic area. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Consumnes River Gorge top rope rock climbing easy 5th class to 5.9
    • Where to meet: Consumnes River Gorge parking, 5225 Bucks Bar Rd, near Placerville, CA
    • Event Leader: Colleen Schemrich
    • Minimum / Maximum: Min 2, Max 8
    • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, belay device, food, water, 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.

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


    • 04/04/2019
    • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
    • 89
    Register

    Join a nationally certified MAA instructor live online for a conference call. Everyone is invited to join in the 30 minute discussion and Q & A on the topic. The training presentation will be briefly reviewed. If you are a paid member please view the corresponding online training videos prior. 

    DETAILS

    • This training discussion will review and answer questions about the knowledge and skills in SNOW 3 and 4 - please watch the training video beforehand.
    • 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



    • 04/05/2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 04/07/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Mount Dade
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join us for ski/splitboard mountaineering on Mt. Dade. This is a three day, two night backcountry ski touring excursion to the Treasure Lakes region at the base of Mount Dade.  We will be skiing as much of the terrain as possible and building our skills for more challenging descents. MTN 2 and SKI 2 training or equivalent winter camping and backcountry skiing experience recommended. We have room for 6. Avalanche certification and equipment are required. 

    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:

    • Event Leader: Richard Nguyen, rtnguyen2@gmail.com, 415.570.7269
    • Location: Mount Dade is one of the high peaks in the Mount Abbot Group, on the Sierra crest between Mount Abbot and Bear Creek Spire, at the head of Rock Creek Canyon. The Little Lakes Valley at the head of the canyon is is one of the most picturesque regions of the Sierra Nevada, yet it is relatively easy to reach. The high summer trailhead at Mosquito Flat (10,300 feet) offers short approach routes to these magnificent peaks. 
    • Route: The easiest trailhead is at Mosquito Flat (elevation 10300 feet), at the end of Rock Creek Road which branches from Highway 395 between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. Rock Creek Road is about 15 miles from Mammoth Lakes, paved all the way to Mosquito Flat for about 12 miles. Mosquito Flat is the highest trailhead in Sierra Nevada with an elevation of 10300 ft. This offers short, easy approach to a multitude of high peaks. 
    • Map: https://caltopo.com/m/74QQ 
    • Links: 

      https://youtu.be/eF7XrW5RTVA

      http://www.summitpost.org/skiing-the-hourglass-couloir-on-mt-dade/168846

      http://www.summitpost.org/mt-dade-through-the-hourglass/524264

    • Skills Requirements: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should have advanced skiing skills with the ability to link turns in the fall line in wild snow conditions.  They should be comfortable and in control in advanced terrain (black diamond off-piste ski trail rating). All participants must be AIARE Avalanche Level 1 certified and be proficient in snow climbing and winter camping.

    • 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.
    • Meeting location: the end of Rock Creek road. Depending upon what is plowed, this will be a few miles from the Mosquite Flat TH.
    • Accommodations and Food: We will be winter camping, and packing in our food and packing out our trash.  Bring food with lots of calories and snacks.   Also have a stove and fuel to melt snow for water.  There might be running water available, depending on conditions.
    • Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center: Backcountry travel and awareness of risk should be discussed as part of the planning process for any backcountry ski tour.  Sierra Avalanche Center and Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center provides avalanche advisory for most areas in the Sierra range.   A recorded avalanche advisory is available at (530) 587-3558 x258 and their website contains detailed reports on avalanche problems, observations and weather conditions. http://sierraavalanchecenter.org and http://www.esavalanche.org/

    REQUIRED GEAR

    • Sliding gear: skis/splitboard, skins, plus your standard resort gear (helmet, goggles, gloves, poles balaclava, jacket, pants, etc.)

    • Avy gear: probe, shovel, beacon, spare batteries, training + brains

    • Camping gear: backpack, warm sleeping bag + pad, tent, clothes, food, headlamp, etc.

    • Climbing gear: crampons, ice axe, helmet

    ITINERARY 

    • Day 1: Friday – We will meet at the Sno-park at 0800, organize gear and go over group details, discuss the avalanche forecast, backcountry hazards and complete a beacon safety check.  We will hit the trail around 0900 and hopefully be at Long Lake before 1700.  We will establish camp, disseminate camp operations and procedures, and go over the next day’s activities.  It is a 5 mile hike from the gate closure to Mosquito Flats and another 3-4 miles to camp.  Based on group dynamics we will identify 2-3 potential routes for the group based on experience levels and group numbers. 
    • Day 2: Saturday- After breakfast, we will assess the snow pack then head up the hill and check out the terrain to determine everyone’s proficiency level.  If we need to split into groups based on experience, then we can do so.  I want to head up the couloir and look for expert level terrain. Spend the most of the day riding.  Once back at camp we will discuss the plan for Sunday.
    • Day 3: Sunday – After breakfast, we will break off into our teams and ascend our predetermined routes OR break down camp and return the area to as natural looking as we can.  We will hike out, hopefully ski out as much as possible, and after a quick After Action Report, I will release everyone from the Sno-park.

    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.
    • 04/05/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Donner Pass, Truckee, California
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    SNOW 3: SNOW AND ICE CLIMBING PROTECTION AND ANCHORS 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 advanced level snow climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Placing and assessing natural and artificial anchors
    • Multi-directional anchors
    • Multi-point anchors
    • Orientation to lead climbing
    • Team running belay
    • Team self-arrest
    • Rope usage and care
    • SRENE
    • Equalization
    • V-angle
    • Snow seats
    • Belay options

    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, John Scruggs

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: Wild Cherries Coffee House, 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 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

    • 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

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Mountain axe or technical hybrid axe

    • Ice tool with hammer*

    • 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, 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:

    • 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.


    • 04/05/2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04/07/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Bunny Flat trailhead, Mt. Shasta
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members on Mt. Shasta for an intriguing ascent of the classic Casaval 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: Casaval Ridge, steep snow (50 degrees) some exposure, 7,000' ascent, winter camping.
    • Where to meet: 8:00 Bunny Flat trailhead
    • Event Leader: Paul Shaughnessy and Sean Martin
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,10
    • Fees / Regulations: There is a fee to climb, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags provided. Both can be handled at the trailhead. Please see info here.
    • 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.
    • 04/06/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Donner Pass, Truckee, California
    • 1
    Register

    SNOW 4: SNOW AND ALPINE ICE LEAD CLIMBING 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 advanced level snow climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Climbing with two tools

    • Climbing in teams of three or four

    • Snow and rock protection review

    • Assessing hazards and mountain conditions

    • Running belay review

    • Choosing the best route

    • Flaking rope and racking gear

    • Lead belaying

    • Belaying a second

    • Clipping the rope

    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, John Scruggs

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: Wild Cherries Coffee House, 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 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

    • 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

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Mountain axe or technical hybrid axe

    • Ice tool with hammer*

    • 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, 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:

    • 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.


    • 04/07/2019
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Castle Peak, at Donner Summit Sno-Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members for a spring snow climb up the central couloir on Castle Peak. This is a moderate snow climb to the high point with a great view of the Donner Pass area. Loaner gear may be available. 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. Those registered will be notified.

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Castle Peak 9,103 near I-80, ascending the central couloir 45 degrees snow, to the summit block. Climb is about 1000', gently steepening through a narrow constriction at the bottom. Will top out at the second pinnacle, then we'll continue to the base of true summit (option to climb will be discussed, will require fixed ropes or rappelling). 
    • Where to meet: 8:00 am, Donner Sno-Park. Sno-Park pass required.
    • Event Leader: John Scruggs (510) 219-2397
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
    • What to bring: mountain boots, mountain axe*, crampons*, helmet*, harness*, leash to axe*, 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.
    • Additional Info: Sno-Park pass is required. 
      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.
      • 04/09/2019
      • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
      • 95
      Register

      Join a nationally certified MAA instructor live online for a conference call. Everyone is invited to join in the 30 minute discussion and Q & A on the topic. The training presentation will be briefly reviewed. If you are a paid member please view the corresponding online training videos prior. 

      DETAILS

      • This training discussion will review and answer questions about the knowledge and skills in MTN 3 - please watch the training video beforehand.
      • 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



      • 04/09/2019
      • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      • Online
      Register

      The Monthly Event Leader Conference of the Mountain Ascent Association will be held the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30 - 9:30 pm. The meeting will be held online and a link to the call will be sent in the confirmation email (see below). All ELs are requested to attend, guests are welcome. Call will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

      • 04/10/2019
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Online
      Register

      Bugaboos Canada 2019 Expedition Conference Call

      Please join us for an exciting video conference call to discuss the upcoming Bugaboos Provincial Park in BC Canada in July. This call is for everyone - confirmed team members, those on the waitlist, or just interested. We'll share photos and maps, discuss our objectives and itinerary, coordinate logistics, and answer any questions you may have. Hope you'll join us to get up to date with what's happening!

      Details:

      • The meeting will be held online and a link will with call details will be sent to those who register.
      • Calls typically last an hour or less.
      • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
      • We'll view 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. You will see video and images from the event leaders.
      • 04/12/2019
      • 8:00 AM
      • 04/13/2019
      • 6:00 PM
      • Bassett Station, California
      • 1
      Register

      MTN 3: EXPEDITION 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:

      • Bivouacking in snow

      • "Light and fast" climbing tips, gear and principles

      • Technical peak circumnavigation or ascent
      • Using GPS, and a review all prior navigation techniques
      • Expedition planning, training, and climbing
      • Climbing in running belay or fixed lines
      • Altitude considerations
      • Acclimatization

      • Advanced navigation on glaciers, and in adverse conditions

      • Mountain weather

      • Medical skills

      • Expedition behavior

      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: 34 hours

      MEET: Bassett Station, Hwy 49, west of Sierraville, 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

      • Waterproof bivouac sack*

      • 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

      • Compact sleeping pad

      • 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*

      • Second tool w/hammer*

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

      • 2 locking carabiners*

      • Prusik cord*

      • Any snow or rock protection, ropes or appropriate 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:

      • 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.


      • 04/13/2019
      • 7:00 AM
      • 04/14/2019
      • 6:00 PM
      • Inyo National Forest
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Join MAA for a spring climb of Mount Tinemaha in the Eastern Sierra. This 12,520' peak stands in the shadow of the more imposing 14er Split Mountain, but provides great views of the Owens Valley and is a good early season, high elevation ascent. Overnight snow camping, SNOW 2, MTN 1 or equivalent snow climbing skills required along with excellent fitness. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Climb Mt. Tinemaha (12,520') via the south drainage, starting from the east. Snow climb with class 2 scramble along the way and near the top. 4WD vehicles with good clearance are required to reach to the Red Lake trailhead.
      • Where to meet: Country Kitchen at 181 N Main St, Big Pine, CA 93513
      • Event Leaders: Mihai Giurgiulescu and Kevin Koenig
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4/6
      • What to bring: Mountaineering boots, crampons fit to boots, ice axe, helmet, snowshoes, backpack (40-55L), 4-season tent or bivouac, stove, fuel, food for 2 days, sleeping bag, pad, trekking poles, appropriate layers (insulating, wind and waterproof), down jacket, gloves, gaiters, warm hat or balaclava, sun hat or covering, sunglasses or glacier glasses, map, compass, bowl, spoon, personal items. Some items will be shared between participants and will be selected at the trailhead. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      Additional Info:
      • As the trip begins outside the usual quota season in Inyo National Forest, wilderness permits are free and self-issued. The Event Leaders will procure the permits.
      • Please refer to the information on this page for directions to reach Red Lake trailhead: http://www.climber.org/DrivingDirections/redlake.html

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1: April 13th - Meet in Big Pine at 7 AM. Meeting location is Country Kitchen (see address above). Logistics, gear, vehicles. Drive about an hour on dirt roads to trailhead. Hike/snowshoe up to Red Lake, establish camp. 
      • DAY 2: April 14th - Climb to the summit via the south drainage. Return to break down camp and return to trailhead.
      • Approximate statistics for entire trip are 13 miles round trip with 6000' gain.
      • NOTE: Inclement weather in the week prior to this trip will result in its cancellation. The already rough road to Red Lake trailhead is subject to washouts and damage from the action of streams/snow melt. Event Leaders will make all efforts to determine if road is passable, but in case it is not the trip will be cancelled.

      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.
      • 04/19/2019
      • 5:30 AM
      • 04/21/2019
      • 8:00 PM
      • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
      • 0
      Join waitlist
      Join MAA members for ice climbing near Mt. Whitney. Let's spend a weekend finishing out the ice climbing season at the fun, high altitude Thor Falls crag. We'll snowshoe up and enjoy a basecamp at Lower Boy Scout Lake. Prior ice climbing and snow camping experience recommended. Loaner gear may be available. 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: Ice climbing WI2-WI3 on top rope, snowshoeing, multi-day snow camping. Plan to walk all the way up the Whitney Portal road from the valley and continue up the trail and the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek to make camp at Lower Boy Scout Lake 10,000. This is about a 5,500' ascent. 
      • Where to meet: Right outside Lone Pine, take Line Street, and drive until you see the "road closed" sign before you go up the switchbacks to Whitney Portal. Park the dirt lot on the right (in the valley). 
      • Event Leader: Roger Coss, rcoss15@comcast.net, (209) 815-3981
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
      • 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, , 2 locking carabiners, harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, pair or ice tools, food for 2 nights / 3 days, waterbottles with insulating sleeve, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, 2 sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snowshoes, snow shovel. Technical equipment such as rope, ice 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.

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1, Friday, April 19th: Early start at 5:30 am. Hiking up the Whitney Portal road. 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. Total elevation gain approx. 5,500' from the valley. LBS lake elevation approx 10,500.
      • DAY 2 Saturday, April 20th: Ice climbing at Thor Falls between LBS and UBS lake, return to basecamp. 
      • DAY 3, Sunday, April 21st: Get in a bit more ice climbing, then return to the trailhead.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
      • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.
      • 04/19/2019
      • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Donner Pass, Truckee, California
      • 3
      Register

      SNOW 3: SNOW AND ICE CLIMBING PROTECTION AND ANCHORS 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 advanced level snow climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

      • Placing and assessing natural and artificial anchors
      • Multi-directional anchors
      • Multi-point anchors
      • Orientation to lead climbing
      • Team running belay
      • Team self-arrest
      • Rope usage and care
      • SRENE
      • Equalization
      • V-angle
      • Snow seats
      • Belay options

      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: 9 hours

      MEET: Wild Cherries Coffee House, 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 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

      • 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

      CLIMBING GEAR

      • Mountaineering boots

      • Harness*

      • Climbing helmet*

      • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

      • Mountain axe or technical hybrid axe

      • Ice tool with hammer*

      • 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, 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:

      • 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.


      • 04/20/2019
      • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Carson Pass, California
      • 5
      Register

      SNOW 4: SNOW AND ALPINE ICE LEAD CLIMBING 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 advanced level snow climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

      • Climbing with two tools

      • Climbing in teams of three or four

      • Snow and rock protection review

      • Assessing hazards and mountain conditions

      • Running belay review

      • Choosing the best route

      • Flaking rope and racking gear

      • Lead belaying

      • Belaying a second

      • Clipping the rope

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

      DURATION: 9 hours

      MEET: At Carson Pass Trailhead on Hwy 88, near Tahoe, 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 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

      • 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

      CLIMBING GEAR

      • Mountaineering boots

      • Harness*

      • Climbing helmet*

      • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

      • Mountain axe or technical hybrid axe

      • Ice tool with hammer*

      • 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, 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:

      • 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.


      • 04/20/2019
      • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Carson Pass Sno-Park
      • 6
      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. 
      • 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:

      • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
      • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
      • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
      • 04/20/2019
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Mt. Rose Trailhead
      • 1
      Register

      RELAY PEAK SNOWSHOE HIKE: All levels welcome on this snowshoe hike to to Relay Peak overlooking Lake Tahoe from the Mt. Rose Trailhead. This peak is in NE corner of Tahoe and has great views of Reno and the Tahoe backcountry. Some previous hiking experience recommended. Loaner gear may be availalbe. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • Route: Out/back is 9.4 miles round-trip with 1,515 ft of elevation gain.

      • Where to meet: April 20th, 8:00 am. We will meet at the Mt. Rose Trailhead Parking lot (at the summit of the Mt. Rose Highway). From Sacramento - Take HWY 80 to Truckee and take the HWY 267 south exit. At Kings Beach, turn left onto HWY 28 (East towards Reno). At the roundabout, follow signs for Reno onto HWY 431 until you reach the summit pass. You will see the Mt. Rose Trail Head on the left (large parking area with a restroom building). From Reno: Take the Mt. Rose Highway (431) to the summit pass. Trailhead will be on the right.
      • Event Leader: Sean Martin sw_martin@live.com | (530) 306-7449
      • Minimum / Maximum: 2/8

      • Skills requirements: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should be able to hike for multiple hours, bring winter layers to regulate body temperature, and bring adequate food and water for 6 to 7 hours of hiking.

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

      ITINERARY

      We will meet at the Mt. Rose Trailhead at 8:00 am. From there we will do quick introductions and then hit the trail. It’s a gradual ascent up the fireroad and we will take periodic breaks to shed layers, hydrate, and have snacks before reaching the summit of Relay Peak. Depending on the weather, we will have our pack lunch at the summit and then return to the trailhead. From there, depending on the groups timeline we can head into Reno or Incline for a group celebratory lunch/early dinner and head out from there.

      WHAT TO BRING

      Members receive a continuous 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

      • Gaiters

      • Sunglasses

      • Warm hat and/or balaclava

      • Sun hat or covering

      EQUIPMENT

      • Backpack*

      • Snowshoes*

      • Trekking poles with snow baskets*

      • Waterproof hiking boots (be sure these are already broken in)

      • High energy food, snacks and drinks

      • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

      • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

      • Map and compass

      • Sunscreen

      • Small personal first aid kit

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

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

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

      • 04/23/2019
      • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      • Online
      Register

      *This meeting will be held the FOURTH Tuesday.

      The Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors of Mountain Ascent Association will be held the *third Tuesday of each month from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. The meeting will be held online and a link will be sent to those registered. Board members are requested to attend. 

      • 04/26/2019
      • 8:00 AM
      • 04/28/2019
      • 8:00 PM
      • Mt. Dana, Ca
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Join MAA members at Mt. Dana Couloir for ski mountaineering. This is an ascent and ski descent of couloir with a steep line and a long approach since Hwy 120 will most likely be closed. Avalanche skills required. 

      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:

      • Event Leader: Richard Nguyen (415) 570-7269
      • Location: Dana Couloir is a steep couloir on the south east side of Mount Dana about 500 feet below the summit and is located just outside Yosemite NP on Tioga Road, west of Lee Vining on HWY 395.
      • Route: From Lee Vining, turn west on HWY 120 to the road closure gate about 2 miles up the road.  From there, it is about 8-9 miles up a long, gradual incline to Tioga Lake. From there, we will take the easier trail from the entrance station up the northwest side of Dana to the summit and then drop down to the Couloir. Our descent route will be out through the drainage to Tioga lake and then back down the road.
      • Skills Requirements: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should have advanced skiing skills with the ability to link turns in the fall line in wild snow conditions.  They should be comfortable and in control in advanced terrain (black diamond off-piste ski trail rating). The couloir is steep with other seen and unseen hazards.  All participants must be AIARE Avalanche Level 1 certified and be proficient in snow climbing and winter camping. If anyone requires additional assistance in planning, I will be more than happy to help you prepare for the trip.
      • 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.
      • Getting There: Take HWY 395 to HWY 120, Tioga Pass, at Lee Vining and turn west.  Park at the road closure gate. Rideshare from Sacramento is available Friday evening, will coordinate further over email.
      • Accommodations and Food: We will be winter camping, and packing in our food and packing out our trash.  Bring food with lots of calories and snacks.   Also have a stove and fuel to melt snow for water.  There might be running water available depending on conditions.
      • Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center: Backcountry travel and awareness of risk should be discussed as part of the planning process for any backcountry ski tour.  Sierra Avalanche Center and Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center provides avalanche advisory for most areas in the Sierra range.   A recorded avalanche advisory is available at (530) 587-3558 x258 and their website contains detailed reports on avalanche problems, observations and weather conditions. http://sierraavalanchecenter.org and http://www.esavalanche.org/
      • Emergencies: Always dial 911.  Mammoth Hospital, 85 Sierra Park Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 (701) 934-3311.  Mono SAR (760) 914-4669.  I have WFA certification and will have an InReach satellite communicator for emergencies (life, limb, eyesight).  Make sure you have fresh batteries for your beacon and know how to use your equipment.

      ITINERARY 

      • Day 0: Friday, April 26th  – I will be at the meet up location Friday evening and camping in the field.
      • Day 1: Saturday, April 27th – We will get started at 8:00 am to organize gear and go over group details, discuss the avalanche forecast, backcountry hazards and complete a beacon safety check.  We will hit the trail around 9:00 am and hopefully be at Tioga Lake before night fall.  We will camp here for the night.
      • Day 2: Sunday, April 28th – After breakfast we will ascend Mount Dana to the summit and then drop down the south side to ski the couloir one at a time watching for changing conditions.  Once down the couloir, we will head down the drainage back to Tioga Lake and then down the road back to the cars.  We will probably grab dinner in Lee Vining before driving 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.
      • 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.


      • 04/26/2019
      • 4:00 PM
      • 04/28/2019
      • 10:00 PM
      • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Join MAA to climb the Sierra classic East Buttress route on Mt. Whitney. This is one of the best moderate alpine rock routes anywhere. We'll be going early season, expect snow on the route and the approach / descent. Participants will need to be experienced multi-pitch alpine trad leaders. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to three teams. 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! 

      EXPEDITION TRAINING: Confirmed members of the Bugaboos 2019 Expedition team will have priority RSVP on this date.

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Mt. Whitney 14,500' East Buttress route, 5.7, steep snow approach / descent, probably snow on some of the first pitches. We'll be climbing with packs, crampons, mountain axe. 7-9 pitches, approx. 1,000' ascent. 3 days to allow for travel, weather contingency
      • Where to meet: Mt. Whitney campground or town of Lone Pine, TBD. We may collect a registration deposit to secure this ahead of time.
      • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, 916-872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org, and Aaron Howse.
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
      • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 4 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, 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. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • Refund policy: Full refunds allowed outside of 30 days from the event, no refunds possible closer than 30 days.

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1, Friday, April 26th: Meet at Whitney Portal campground in the late afternoon. Logistics. 
      • DAY 2, Saturday, April 27th: Ascend north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to Basecamp at Upper Boy Scout Lake or Iceberg Lake.
      • DAY 3, Sunday, April 28th: Early start, climb route. Descend Mountaineer's route to basecamp, and continue back to trailhead.

      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.
      • 04/26/2019
      • 4:00 PM
      • 04/28/2019
      • 10:00 PM
      • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
      • 0
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      Join MAA to climb the Sierra classic East Face route on Mt. Whitney. This is moderate alpine rock route wows climbers with the incredible exposure and adventurous traversing. We'll be going early season, expect snow on the route and the approach / descent. Participants will need to be experienced multi-pitch alpine trad leaders. Loaner gear may be available. 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! 

      EXPEDITION TRAINING: Confirmed members of the Bugaboos 2019 Expedition team will have priority RSVP on this date.

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Mt. Whitney 14,500' East Face route, III, 5.7, steep snow approach / descent, snow possible on some of the pitches. We'll be climbing with packs and crampons, axes. Up to 13 pitches, approx. 1,000' ascent. 3 days to allow for travel, weather contingency
      • Where to meet: Mt. Whitney campground or town of Lone Pine, TBD. We may collect a registration deposit to secure this ahead of time.
      • Event Leaders: Kelvin Nguyen, kelvin@mountainascent.org, and Doug Harris
      • Minimum / Maximum: 2,5
      • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 4 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, 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. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • Refund policy: Full refunds allowed outside of 30 days from the event, no refunds possible closer than 30 days.

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1, Friday April 26th: Meet at Whitney Portal campground in the late afternoon with the East Buttress team. Logistics. 
      • DAY 2, Saturday, April 27th: Ascend north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to Basecamp at Upper Boy Scout Lake or Iceberg Lake.
      • DAY 3, Sunday, April 28th: Early start, climb route. Descend Mountaineer's route to basecamp, and continue back to trailhead. 

      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.
      • 04/30/2019
      • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
      • 97
      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 SNOW 3 and SNOW 4
      • 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



      • 05/01/2019
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Donner Summit
      • 6
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      Join MAA on Donner Summit for a day of top rope climbing on amazing Tahoe Granite. These scenic crags feature crack, slab and face climbing all close to I-80. We'll be climbing at Green Phantom, right there at the bridge. A wide range of climbing is available, with all levels welcome. Ideal participants can belay safely and tie in.  Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to 8. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      What's happening: Top rope rock climbing at Green Phantom on crack, slab and face features from 5.4 to 5.9 at Old Donner Summit (Lincoln Highway) at 7,056 ft, just west of Truckee

      Where to meet: 8:30 am at the Donner Lake overlook parking area, at the historic curved bridge, on the east side of Historic Donner Pass. This is just beyond the entrance to Sugarbowl ski area. Take Exit 174 from Interstate 80 or drive up old Lincoln Highway from Truckee.

      Event Leader: Colleen Schemrich

      Minimum / Maximum: 2,8

      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.
      • 05/03/2019
      • 7:00 AM
      • 05/05/2019
      • 8:00 PM
      • Mt. Shasta, Ca
      • 0
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