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MAA provides year-round training opportunities for members to increase their knowledge and skills proficiency at all levels of climbing, outdoors and indoors, year round. We also coach our members in a climbing specific fitness training program. Our training program options are sequential and custom, breaking all climbing skills into disciplines and levels. We use this to build upon the foundation of what you already know and can do, to increase your proficiency and competency with the guidance of mentors along the way. Each member’s skills and events are automatically documented on their profile and provides common reference to accurately match team members and objectives. Members may attend training at any level as they deem appropriate. Here are all our training program components:

Climbing Fitness Program - For Apex members we've custom built a number of climbing-specific fitness workouts to help you get stronger, go higher and last longer. With the help of a certified physical trainer we'll consult about your fitness goals and use that to select the perfect daily workout program. You'll have the support of a monthly check-in with a professional trainer via video chat or email to keep you on the path to glory. We also have a self-guided option for Peak members.

Training Courses - We offer 25 days of on-mountain technical skills training from beginner to advanced in rock climbing (8 days), ice climbing (4 days), snow climbing (4 days), mountaineering (6 days) and skiing (3 days). Training courses are taught by certified instructors and all courses are only included in their entirety in Apex membership. Other levels have paid access to our rock, mountain and lower level snow climbing series courses only. Ice, ski and upper level snow climbing courses are only available to Apex members.

Live Online Training - We meet 2-3 times per month online in a video chat with a certified climbing instructor where we demonstrate skills, discuss concepts and answer questions live. This is held as a preface to the upcoming weekends training courses. Included with Apex membership and offered as a paid option per session for all other membership levels.

Climbing Technical Training Videos - All paying membership levels have access to our online training video courses, which can be viewed at any time and in any sequence. These have been filmed over the course of many years online and in the field, totaling over 24 hours of thorough video instruction, with around 60 short video modules detailing important components of climbing.

MACC Climbing Classes - At the Mountain Ascent Climbing Center (MACC) on weekends and evenings we hold small-group technical training classes indoors where we teach the fundamentals of traditional rock climbing. All MACC classes are included in Apex Membership and as a paid option for other membership levels. 

MAA Disciplines and Evaluations - Mountain Ascent organizes all our events and training into five disciplines: Rock Climbing, Snow Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, and Skiing. We've further divided each of these disciplines into sequential course modules which describe the skills, knowledge, and know-how required at each step. This helps us classify events, organize our training program and provide a common framework for our members to share. Please see this document showing MAA disciplines.

We also use these parameters to help evaluate each member's skills and proficiency, and that is documented on their MAA profile. Its a tracking and evaluation system that's very useful for finding climbing partners, and to help us carefully choose teams for regular climbs and expeditions. It's a system you can trust.


All outdoor training events are included in Apex membership. All other membership levels pay differing amounts to attend. Due to permit restrictions some events are only open to Apex members, most notably ICE 1-4, SKI 1-3 and SNOW 3-4. 

Please use the training events search engine in the left column to select and register for those events that are right for you.

5209 Luce Ave. Suite A

McClellan, CA 95652

(916) 692-0005

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