MAA provides year-round training opportunities for members to increase their knowledge and skills proficiency at all levels of climbing year round. Only Apex members have access to all training events. Apex members also have access to a climbing specific fitness 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. This self-guided program can be customized to suit your climbing outcomes ranging from powerful sport climbing to expedition level endurance climbing.
We offer 26 days of on-mountain technical skills training from beginner to advanced in rock climbing (9 days), ice climbing (4 days), snow climbing (4 days), mountaineering (6 days) and skiing (3 days). See the Training Courses Overview. Training courses are taught by certified instructors and all courses are only included in their entirety in Apex membership. Base and Associate members have paid access to our rock climbing series, some snow training, and mountaineering courses only. The entire ice, snow, and ski training courses are only available to Apex members.
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.
All paid members can join a climbing mentor online for a live video conference call to review the information in the presentations, answer questions, and demonstrate any concepts. This is included in Apex membership and is $30 for Base members.
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.
Selecting and Attending Outdoor Training Events
All outdoor training events are included in Apex membership. Base and Associate members pay differing amounts to attend rock climbing and some snow climbing events only.
Please use the left column to select and register for those events that are right for you. To see the entire entire events calendar including all climbing and expeditions, click here.