Upcoming events

    • 05/25/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05/27/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Bunny Flat TH
    • 0
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    Join MAA to ascend and ski one of the best lines on Mt. Shasta - Hotlum Wintun ridge. This route boasts 5,000 vertical feet of bliss. We'll share the weekend with the glacier rescue training and the Hotlum team. Experienced mountain skiers only. 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 as shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Steep snow climbing (non-technical) then skiing the Hotlum Wintun ridge from a basecamp around 9,000. No crevasses, but snow conditions can vary widely. May experience high winds. Three days allocated for travel. Shared basecamp with other MAA teams.
    • Where to meet: At 8:00 am, Rite-Aid off I-5 exit 738, in Mt. Shasta. Caravan to the Brewer Creek trailhead and hike into basecamp from there. Info here.
    • Event Leader: Will Beaubien
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,6
    • 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 the 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:

    This climbing event will share the same basecamp as three ICE-R training events and another MAA sponsored Shasta climb this weekend. Parties will be coming and/or going on all the days between Thursday, May 23rd and Tuesday, May 27th.

    Coordination: Use the member's forum posting for this event. Be sure you meet up with the group going into basecamp that day at 8:00 am at Rite Aid in the city of Mt. Shasta. Then caravan to the trailhead and go in together in groups of two or more. Do not go into camp or return to the trailhead alone.

    • DAY 1: Saturday, May 25th. Arrive at the Brewer Brewer Creek trailhead at 8:00 am. Logistics / packing. Make the approach to arrive at basecamp before dark. About 2,500 elevation gain and 4 miles. Prep for early start.
    • DAY 2: Sunday, May 26th. Early start to attempt summit, assess conditions en route. Lock in and rip! Back to basecamp in the afternoon. Some people may decide to hike out this day if time and energy allows.
    • DAY 3: Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day. (Weather / contingency day.) Heading back to the trailhead and drive back 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.
    • 05/26/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05/28/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Bunny Flat TH, end of Everitt Memorial Highway
    • 0
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    Join MAA members on Mt. Shasta to ascend the Green Butte Ridge. This date immediately follows the ICE 4 training.  This climb requires steep snow and self arrest proficiency. 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 as shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Green Butte Ridge climb, steep snow or alpine ice (45 degrees), 7,000' total ascent over two days, likely 4,000 ascent from basecamp.
    • Where to meet: If coming in on Sunday, May 26th meet at 9:00 am, Rite-Aid off I-5 exit 738, in Mt. Shasta. Groups are also meeting at this same time and location on Friday and Saturday. Caravan to the trailhead and come in as a group. Darren will already be at basecamp.
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, 916-872-3399
    • 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 ranger station or at the trailhead. Please see info here.
    • What to bring: List is 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:

    This climbing event will share the same basecamp as three ICE-R training events and another MAA sponsored Shasta climb this weekend. Parties will be coming and/or going on all the days between Friday, May 24th and Tuesday, May 27th.

    Coordination: Use the member's forum posting for this event. Be sure you meet up with the group going into basecamp that day at 9:00 am at Rite Aid in the city of Mt. Shasta. Then caravan to the trailhead and go in together in groups of two or more. Do not go into camp or return to the trailhead alone.

    • DAY 1: Sunday, May 26th. Meet at 9:00 am, Rite-Aid off I-5 exit 738, in Mt. Shasta, for logistics. Caravan to trailhead. Make the approach to arrive at basecamp before dark. Prep for early start. Or you may already be in basecamp if you attended an earlier ICE-R training event.
    • DAY 2: Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day. Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp.
    • DAY 3: Tuesday, May 28th. Weather / contingency day. Heading 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.
    • 05/29/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 06/01/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Government Camp, OR
    • 0
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    Join MAA members to climb Oregon's famous Mt. Hood via the South Side Route. This iconic volcano should be on every climber's list - and this route is a classic non-technical ascent that still provides a sense of exposure and adventure. Recommended for members who are proficient with self-arrest and snow climbing on steep snow. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 12. Also included in this itinerary is an optional day climbing at Smith Rock. 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. 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Mt. Hood 11,239', South Side route, approx 5,400 ft. ascent, snow to 40 degrees, exposure. We will bring a rope and simple crevasse rescue equipment, but will not climb roped. Maximum of three days to find an optimal weather window. If successful our contingency day can be spent rock climbing at Smith Rock State Rock near Bend, or ascending another route on Hood. 
    • Where to meet: 5:00 pm at the Government Camp Rest Area, Milepost 54, Mt Hood Hwy, Government Camp, OR 97028
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4/12
    • Travel Coordination: Please view this discussion to arrange carpooling and logistics for flying or driving. View information for the the "Bivy" campground at Smith Rock. 
    • 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, headlamp, sunglasses, goggles, gaiters. Harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe with leash or runner to connect to harness, food, waterbottles, trekking pole(s). Bring camping gear such as tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc. if camping. If planning to go to Smith Rock afterward, bring rock shoes, belay device, carabiners, chalk, etc.
    • Participant Expedition Fee: $109 per person which pays for EL mileage reimbursement and mandatory group gear usage deposit. Registration is confirmed when this has been paid. If the group stays at the Smith Rock CG, it is $8 per person per night, each person will take of that individually. 
    • Refund policy: Full refunds outside of 90 days, 50% refund between 30 and 90 days, no refund possible closer than 30 days. 
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: If we are successful on Thursday we have the option to climb another route on Hood or head south to Smith Rock State Park and do a little sport and trad climbing on Friday, or vice versa. Bring your rock shoes!

    ITINERARY:

    • PRIOR: Expedition Conference Call Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • PRIOR: Travel Coordination on the member's forum posting on the MAA website
    • DAY 1: Wednesday, May 29th: Meet at the Government Camp Rest Area, (Milepost 54, Mt. Hood Hwy, Government Camp, OR 97028) for dinner and gear logistics. Staying the night at free Forest Service camping pullouts or Timberline Lodge parking lot.
    • DAY 2: Thursday, May 30th: First attempt. Meet at 12:00 a.m. (Wednesday midnight) in the Timberline Lodge climber's cave and get permit and blue bags. Start the walk by headlamp up the South Side route, 5,400' ascent. Stay on the right side of the ski area, climb to Crater Rock from the right and obtain the Hogsback ridge. Likely take the Pearly Gates finish. Summit by 10:00 am, descend same route, or if crowded, the Old Chute variation, then retracing our steps all the way back down. We should be back in the Timberline Lodge parking area by 4:00 pm. Late lunch / dinner. Drive south to stay the night at the Smith Rock climber's "bivy" camp, or spend another night near Government Camp for more climbing on Mt. Hood. If the weather is really bad this day we may choose another activity.
    • DAY 3: Friday, May 31st: Contingency day. Climbing at Smith Rock, or more Mt. Hood Climbing. Expedition participants have the option of heading home this day as well. 
    • DAY 4: Saturday, June 1st: One last summit attempt or day of climbing, or drive 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.
    • 05/31/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Castle Peak, Exit 176 off I-80
    • 3
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    Join MAA members for a climb of Castle Peak. This is a moderate trail and snow climb to a high point with a great view of the Donner Pass area, Andesite Peak and Lake Tahoe. Likely crunchy snow will still be on the route so we'll get a chance for some elevation and to practice easy snow climbing. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Castle Peak 9,103 near I-80, ascending trail and some snow up the West Ridge. 6 miles total, 2,000' total gain. 
    • Where to meet: Boreal Ski area parking lot, Exit 176 off I-80
    • Event Leader: Kimberley Alvarez
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
    • What to bring: boots, mountain axe*, crampons compatible with your boots*, helmet*,  gaiters*, 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.
      • 06/01/2019
      • 9:00 AM
      • 06/02/2019
      • 5:00 PM
      • Bowman Valley
      • 0
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      Women's Rock Weekend! Ladies let's get together for two days of fun sport and top rope rock climbing at one of Tahoe's best crags! Prior climbing experience helpful but not required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to 6. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Top rope rock climbing and sport climbing at Bowman Valley. This is a series of secluded crags beneath the Bowman Lake Dam where a number of easy to difficult sport climbs have been developed in recent years. The rock is heavily textured granite, with excellent friction, and ranges from slab to overhanging roofs with permadraws. There is excellent swimming in the lake by climbing above Larry Land onto the dam and crossing over the spillway.
      • Where to meet: Take Bowman Lake Road off of Highway 20, usually approached via Interstate 80. Once you turn off of Interstate 80 and head down highway 20 (toward Nevada city) you go 3.5 miles and you will turn right onto Bowman Lake road. Continue on Bowman Lake road for 13 1/2 miles and you will come to a bridge below Bowman Lake dam. This bridge will be the landmark for the areas in Bowman Valley. The road starts out paved but the last 5 miles are gravel and a little rough in spots, high clearance vehicle recommended.
      • Event leader: Nicole Roemer 
      • Minimum / Maximum: 3/6
      • Accommodations: Free camping nearby!
      • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, approach shoes, belay device, locking carabiners, jacket, warm clothes, lunch, water, tent, sleeping bag, pad, meals, stove.
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration. 

      ITINERARY:

      Saturday, June 1st: Meet in the morning, set up camp, and climb for the day. Return to camp for dinner.

      Sunday, June 2nd: Break camp, head back for another day, climbing until the late afternoon.

      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.

        • 06/04/2019
        • 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
        • 96
        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 ROCK 3, 4 and 5 - 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



        • 06/04/2019
        • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
        • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
        • 96
        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 ROCK 1 and 2 - 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



        • 06/04/2019
        • 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. (This June date will be the 1st Tuesday). 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.

        • 06/06/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 6
        Register

        ROCK 3: SPORT LEAD CLIMBING AND BOLTED 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 intermediate level rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Simulated and full sport lead climbing practice
        • Building a bolted top-rope belay anchor 
        • Bolt assessment
        • Racking draws
        • Flaking rope
        • Lead belaying
        • Catching a lead fall
        • Placing draws on lead
        • Clipping the rope
        • Resting on lead
        • Falling on lead
        • Cleaning the anchor. 

        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: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        • 4 locking carabiners*

        • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

        • Auto-locking belay device*

        • Prusik cord

        • Any of your own rock protection and runners

        *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.


        • 06/07/2019
        • 6:00 AM
        • 06/10/2019
        • 6:00 PM
        • Kings Canyon, SEKI NP
        • 3
        Register

        Join MAA members to backpack the scenic Rae Lakes Loop. One of the most popular trails in SEKI, Rae Lakes loop traverses stunning Sierra mountain and lake scenery. 3 nights, 4 days. Experience with backpacking recommended. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

        DETAILS:

        • What's happening: Rae Lakes Loop in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, 41.4 miles round trip. Back country campsites, approx 10 miles per day, 7,844 elevation gain total.   
        • Where to meet: 6:00 am, Bubbs Creek TH. 
        • Event Leader: Richard Nguyen
        • Minimum / Maximum: 3,6
        • What to bring: Standard backpacking equipment: tent, stove, fuel, pots, map, compass, sleeping bag, pad, bowl / cup, spoon, food for 4 days 3 nights, water filter, water bottles, trekking poles, 40-65 liter backpack, sunglasses, hat, waterproof jackets and pants, sturdy supportive hiking boots, warm layers, wicking baselayers, personal items. If you have any questions please contact the EL.
        • Permit Fee: Please pay $15 to offset the costs of permits. Registration is confirmed when payment is confirmed.
        • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
        • Bear canisters are required.

        ITINERARY:

        • DAY 1: June 7th - Meet and greet at the Bubbs Creek TH at 6:00 am. Gear, logistics. Hike approximately 10 miles to camp.
        • DAY 2: June 8th - Hiking approximately 10 miles to location. Camp.
        • DAY 3: June 9th - Hiking approximately 10 miles to location. Camp.
        • DAY 4: June 10th - Complete loop back approximately 10 miles back to Bubbs Creek TH.

        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.
        • 06/07/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 10
        Register

        ROCK 1: INTRODUCTION TO ROCK 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 beginning level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Safety considerations
        • Commands
        • Knots, tying in
        • Using and fitting climbing gear
        • Belaying methods and technique
        • Easy scrambling practice
        • Spotting
        • Foundational footwork, handholds and body position
        • Lowering

        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: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        *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.


        • 06/08/2019
        • 8:00 AM
        • 06/09/2019
        • 8:00 PM
        • South Lake Trailhead
        • 0
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        Join MAA members for a climb of spectacular 13,525 Cloudripper mountain near Bishop. This is an overnight climb on the west chute route. Participants will need to be proficient at Class 3 scrambling and off trail mountain travel. 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 shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified.

        DETAILS:

        • What's happening: Ascent of Cloudripper peak 13,525, via the West Chute route, Class 3 scrambling. Descend same route. Total mileage of approximately 11 miles and 4,000 feet elevation gain and loss. Overnight camping.
        • Due to permits we will be over-nighting in the Treasure Lake Basin
        • Where to meet: 9:00 am, South Lake Trailhead out of Bishop
        • Event Leader: Kevin Koenig, Cory Knott
        • Minimum / Maximum: 4,6 
        • What to bring: Warm, wicking and stormproof clothing. Equipment for overnight camping and scrambling in the mountains. Helmet, mountain boots or approach shoes, mountain axe, crampons. Food and water for an overnight, shelter and cooking options. Some of this may be 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: 
          • Meet and greet at the South Lake Trailhead.
          • Hike 2.5 miles to Treasure Lakes and stop for Lunch. 
          • Continue to camp at the North side of Hurd Peak in the Treasure Lakes Basin and explore the surrounding area.
        • DAY 2: 
          • Alpine Start, break down camp, drop packs at Bishop pass trail.
          • Climb Cloudripper via the West Chute route. Return to packs, and head back 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.
        • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
        • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
        • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
        • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.


        • 06/08/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 4
        Register

        ROCK 2: ROCK CLIMBING TECHNIQUE AND RAPPELLING 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 beginner level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Knots review
        • Continue refining belay technique
        • How and why to anchor the belayer
        • In-depth face and crack climbing technique
        • Coaching each participant on advanced techniques
        • Instruction and practice rappelling with a back-up system

        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: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        • 4 locking carabiners*

        • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

        • Auto-locking belay device*

        • Prusik cord

        • Any of your own rock protection and runners

        *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.


        • 06/08/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 1
        Register

        ROCK 4: TRADITIONAL ROCK CLIMBING PROTECTION AND BELAY 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 intermediate level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Orientation to lead climbing gear and equipment

        • Placing and assessing natural and artificial (active and passive) protection

        • Multi-directional anchors

        • Multi-point anchors

        • SRENE

        • Equalization

        • V-angle

        • Belay options

        • Rappelling from a gear anchor

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

        DURATION: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        • 4 locking carabiners*

        • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

        • Auto-locking belay device*

        • Prusik cord

        • Any of your own rock protection and runners

        *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.


        • 06/09/2019
        • 8:00 AM
        • 06/11/2019
        • 8:00 PM
        • Brewer Creek TH
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        Join MAA members on a climb of Mt. Shasta via a technical glacier route. This is the most technical glacier and ice route on Mt. Shasta. We'll ascend the entire Hotlum Glacier through the ice falls to the Left Ice Gully. Proficiency in glacier travel and crevasse rescue and steep snow climbing on a rope team is required. 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 as shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

        DETAILS:

        • What's happening: Ascent of Mt. Shasta via the Hotlum Glacier Left Ice Gully route, AI2, crevasses, steep snow and alpine ice (50 degrees), 7,000' ascent. Team must cross the bergschrund at the top of the Hotlum Glacier and simul-climb steep alpine ice.
        • Where to meet: Mt. Brewer trailhead or in the town of Weed. Details will be worked out with registrants. 
        • Event Leader: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org
        • Minimum / Maximum: 4,6
        • 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: Monday, June 9th. Drive to Brewer Creek trailhead. Make the approach to arrive at basecamp before dark. Prep for early start.
        • DAY 2: Tuesday, June 10th. Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp.
        • DAY 3: Wednesday, June 11th. Return to trailhead. Weather / contingency day. Heading 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.
        • 06/11/2019
        • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Online
        Register

        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. (This June date will be the 2nd Tuesday). The meeting will be held online and a link will be sent to those registered. Board members are requested to attend. 

        • 06/12/2019
        • 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 ROCK 6, 7 and 8 - please watch the training videos 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



        • 06/12/2019
        • 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
        • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
        • 98
        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 1 - 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



        • 06/13/2019
        • 8:00 AM
        • 06/15/2019
        • 8:00 PM
        • Northgate TH
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        Join MAA members on a unique climb of Mt. Shasta. This is a seldom done and technical route on the right of the Hotlum headwall. We'll ascend the Hotlum Bolam ridge, but above 12,000 we'll contour to the right ice gully for the finish. Proficiency in steep snow climbing on a rope team is required. 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 as shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

        DETAILS:

        • What's happening: Ascent of Mt. Shasta via the Right Ice Gully route, AI2, steep snow and alpine ice (50 degrees), 7,000' ascent. 
        • Where to meet: Northgate trailhead or in the town of Weed. Details will be worked out with registrants. 
        • Event Leader: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org, Roger Coss
        • Minimum / Maximum: 4,6
        • 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. 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: Thursday, June 13th. Drive to Northgate trailhead. Make the approach to arrive at basecamp before dark. Set up camp and prep for early start.
        • DAY 2: Friday, June 14th. Pre-dawn start to attempt summit, descend back to basecamp.
        • DAY 3: Saturday, June 15th. Return to trailhead. Weather / contingency day. Heading 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.
        • 06/13/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 11
        Register

        ROCK 1: INTRODUCTION TO ROCK 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 beginning level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Safety considerations
        • Commands
        • Knots, tying in
        • Using and fitting climbing gear
        • Belaying methods and technique
        • Easy scrambling practice
        • Spotting
        • Foundational footwork, handholds and body position
        • Lowering

        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: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        *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.


        • 06/14/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 10
        Register

        ROCK 2: ROCK CLIMBING TECHNIQUE AND RAPPELLING 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 beginner level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Knots review
        • Continue refining belay technique
        • How and why to anchor the belayer
        • In-depth face and crack climbing technique
        • Coaching each participant on advanced techniques
        • Instruction and practice rappelling with a back-up system

        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: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        • 4 locking carabiners*

        • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

        • Auto-locking belay device*

        • Prusik cord

        • Any of your own rock protection and runners

        *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.

        • 06/15/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 7
        Register

        ROCK 4: TRADITIONAL ROCK CLIMBING PROTECTION AND BELAY 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 intermediate level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Orientation to lead climbing gear and equipment

        • Placing and assessing natural and artificial (active and passive) protection

        • Multi-directional anchors

        • Multi-point anchors

        • SRENE

        • Equalization

        • V-angle

        • Belay options

        • Rappelling from a gear anchor

        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: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        • 4 locking carabiners*

        • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

        • Auto-locking belay device*

        • Prusik cord

        • Any of your own rock protection and runners

        *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.


        • 06/22/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 4
        Register

        ROCK 1: INTRODUCTION TO ROCK 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 beginning level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Safety considerations
        • Commands
        • Knots, tying in
        • Using and fitting climbing gear
        • Belaying methods and technique
        • Easy scrambling practice
        • Spotting
        • Foundational footwork, handholds and body position
        • Lowering

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

        DURATION: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        *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.


        • 06/23/2019
        • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Truckee, California
        • 5
        Register

        ROCK 2: ROCK CLIMBING TECHNIQUE AND RAPPELLING 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 beginner level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

        • Knots review
        • Continue refining belay technique
        • How and why to anchor the belayer
        • In-depth face and crack climbing technique
        • Coaching each participant on advanced techniques
        • Instruction and practice rappelling with a back-up system

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

        DURATION: 8 hours

        MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

        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

        • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

        • Sunglasses

        • Sun hat or covering

        EQUIPMENT

        • High energy food, snacks and drinks

        • Water bottles or container system

        • Sunscreen

        • Small personal first aid kit

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

        CLIMBING GEAR

        • Boots or approach shoes

        • Rock shoes*

        • Harness*

        • Climbing helmet*

        • 4 locking carabiners*

        • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

        • Auto-locking belay device*

        • Prusik cord

        • Any of your own rock protection and runners

        *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.


        • 06/24/2019
        • 4:00 PM
        • 06/30/2019
        • 5:00 PM
        • Hoh Trail, Olympic National Park, WA
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        Join MAA members in Washington State to climb Mt. Olympus. This isolated wilderness peak is the majestic highpoint of Olympic National Park, with dense temperate rain forests and draped in large glaciers. Proficiency in backpacking, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and rock scrambling recommended. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 9. 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: Climb Mt. Olympus 7,969' Blue Glacier route. 2 day approach, glacier travel, 4th class scrambling to the true summit. This is both a long backpacking and mountaineering trip, approx. 40 miles round trip.
        • Where to meet: Hoh Valley trailhead
        • Event Leader: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org
        • Minimum / Maximum: 4,9
        • What to bring: Warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body. 2 pair socks and gloves, gaiters. Lightweight harness, helmet, glacier travel and crevasse rescue gear, mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe with leash or runner to connect to harness, food for 6 days, waterbottles, trekking pole(s), tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, bear canister.  
        • Expedition Fee: $136, which covers the permit, rental car, and travel reimbursement for EL, as well a mandatory operations fee for gear. Minimum of 6 is required for the expedition to run. Registration is confirmed upon complete payment. 
        • Refund policy: Full refunds outside of 90 days, 50% refund between 30 and 90 days, no refund possible closer than 30 days.
        • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
        • Travel: getting to Washington is the responsibility of the participant. However, as a team we will coordinate ridesharing and airport pickup.
        • Additional Info: Bear canisters required. We will camp in designated group campsites.

        ITINERARY:

        Conference Call Thursday, May 2nd 8:00 p.m. Information here:

        Join by phone: +1-415-655-0002 US Toll, Access code: 805 837 069
        • DAY 1, June 22: Meet and greet, sort gear and make preparations. Start approach, do about 11 miles to Lewis Meadows campground.
        • DAY 2, June 23: Continue on approach another 6 miles, arrive at Glacier Meadows. Set up camp.
        • DAY 3, June 24: Climb the glaciers to the west summit, return to camp at Glacier Meadows.
        • DAY 4, June 25: Return 6 miles back to Lewis Meadows campground.
        • DAY 5, June 26: Return to the trailhead.
        • DAY 6, June 27: Weather 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.
        • 06/24/2019
        • 5:00 PM
        • 06/29/2019
        • 8:00 PM
        • Grand Teton National Park
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        Join MAA in Wyoming to climb The Grand, Middle and South Teton. Routes will include the classics Exum Ridge and Owen Spaulding on the Grand and the Glacier Route, North Ridge and Northwest Ice Couloir on the Middle Teton. This is a collection of must-do American alpine rock and ice climbs! Routes will be sequenced over the course of a week from the same basecamp, decided as weather and options dictate. Participants must be proficient in alpine multi-pitch and alpine ice climbing. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 7. 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: Many routes on the Grand Teton and Middle Teton, with options to also climb South Teton, Cloudveil Dome and Nez Perce, from a basecamp in Garnet Canyon. Proposed routes include (1) Grand: Upper Exum Ridge, II 5.5. Could also be combined with Lower Exum Ridge, III 5.7 (2) Grand: Owen-Spaulding Route, II 5.4 (3) Middle: North Ridge, III 5.6 (4) Middle: Northwest Ice Couloir, III 5.6 AI3 (5) Middle: Glacier Route, III 5.4 AI2.
        • Where to meet: 5:00 pm AAC Climbers Ranch, Monday, June 24th, or arrange pick-up at airport that day. Please fly in between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. On Saturday, don't leave any earlier than 5:00 pm please.
        • Participant Expedition Fees: $198 per person. Pays for one night stay at the climber's ranch, camping permit fee, mandatory group gear deposit, mileage reimbursement to get gear and EL to Wyoming. Minimum of 5 participants to meet these expenses. Fee must be paid to confirm registration.
        • Refund Policy: Full refund outside of 90 days, 50% refund 90-60 days, no refund closer than 60 days
        • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org
        • Minimum / Maximum: 5,7
        • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 4 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, crampons, ice axe / tools, 15-30 liter climbing pack, approach shoes / boots compatible with your crampons, food, water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, trekking pole(s), 45-60 liter basecamp pack. Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be determined beforehand. 
        • Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants. General discussion on member's forum here.
        • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
        • Additional Info: Bear canisters or bear-proof containers are required.

        ITINERARY:

        • PRIOR: Evening weekday conference call March 26th 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Register here.
        • PRIOR: Training day opportunities with team. Suggested North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak or Whitney East Face or East Buttress events.
        • PRIOR: General discussion on member's forum.
        • DAY 1: Monday, June 24th - Meet and greet at the AAC Climbers Ranch inside the park. Get permits. Pickup at the airport between 10:00 am- 4:00 pm can also be arranged. Dinner, logistics, enjoy a cozy bunk.
        • DAY 2: Tuesday, June 25th -  Early start, hike to basecamp at the Upper Saddle. Establish camp, dinner, scout routes or climb a short route.
        • DAY 3: Wednesday, June 26th - Climb route(s) on the Grand or Middle Teton
        • DAY 4: Thursday, June 27th - Climb route(s) on Middle or Grand Teton, then move camp back down to The Meadows area. 
        • DAY 5: Friday June 28th - Route(s) on the South Teton, Cloudveil Dome or Nez Perce, or contingency day
        • DAY 6: Saturday June 29th - Shorter climb, then take down basecamp and head back to the trailhead. If flying, don't schedule to leave any earlier than 5:00 pm.

        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.
        • 06/28/2019
        • 12:00 PM
        • 06/30/2019
        • 12:00 PM
        • Yosemite Valley: Yellow Pine Campground
        • 6
        Register



        Join MAA in a Yosemite Beautification project Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30 as part of our Stewardship Program. This is an excellent opportunity to give back while protecting and preserving one of the best climbing destinations in California. Participants will get FREE camping for two nights. Volunteer hours are from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday. Outside of the work hours you are free to explore, hike, and climb! 

        The beautification project will include anything from clean-up to planting native vegetation and trail work. It's a park-run program. MAA volunteers will join other volunteers and Yosemite staff.

        All MAA volunteers will receive a FREE MAA t-shirt and a pat on the back! 

        For more information, call, text, or email Samaara (530) 414-4578, samaararobbins@gmail.com

        DETAILS:

        • What's happening: Detailed information will be provided mid-May
        • Where to meet: Yellow Pine Campground (Same turnoff as for Sentinel Beach Picnic area) Subject to change
        • Event Leader: Samaara Robbins
        • Minimum / Maximum: 2/20
        • What to bring: Detailed information will be provided mid-May
        • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
        • Additional Info: None at this time

        ITINERARY:

        • Friday (6/28): Check-in to campground as early as noon
        • Saturday (6/29): Work project from 9a-2p. Afterwards: climbing, hiking, chilling, etc.
        • Sunday (6/29): Check out of campground by noon, otherwise we will be climbing, hiking, etc. Fun stuff! 

        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.
        • 07/01/2019
        • 6:00 AM
        • 07/03/2019
        • 8:00 PM
        • Roscoe, MT
        • 7
        Register

        Join with MAA members to climb Granite Peak, the difficult Montana state highpoint. A three day blitz over lots of terrain and big elevation gain to the top of this marvelous rock bastion. Participants must be in great shape and proficient in 5th class alpine rock climbing and rappelling. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 12. Hope to have you out with us!

        DETAILS:

        • What's happening: Granite Peak 12,800', South Face via East Ridge route, Class 4, rappelling, 12 miles each way, 6,800 gain, 3 days.
        • Where to meet: Grizzly Bar and Restaurant parking lot, Roscoe MT at 6:00 am.
        • Expedition Fees: $88 per person, minimum of 6 to cover mandatory gear deposit and mileage reimbursement to get the gear to MT. Registration fee must be paid to confirm participation.
        • Refund Policy: Full refund outside of 60 days, 50% refund 30-60 days, no refund closer than 30 days
        • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org, and Stephen Moeller
        • Minimum / Maximum: 4,12
        • What to bring: M