MTN 2: Winter Mountaineering

  • 01/18/2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 01/19/2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Truckee, California
  • 4


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

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

  • Climbing a semi-technical peak

  • Rappelling in a winter environment

  • Fixed lines in a winter environment

RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

EVENT LEADER: Darren Shutt,, (916) 872-3399, Doug Harris for the 18th.

DURATION: 32 hours

MEET: At Wild Cherries Coffee House in Truckee, CA.

WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.


  • 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


  • 4-season tent - may be group gear

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

  • Cookset - may be group gear

  • Stove and fuel - may be group gear

  • Sleeping bag, rated to freezing, with compression stuffsack

  • High energy food, snacks and drinks

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

  • Spoon, mug

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

  • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

  • Compass with adjustable declination

  • Sunscreen

  • Small personal first aid kit

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


  • Mountaineering boots or hiking boots

  • Harness*

  • Climbing helmet*

  • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

  • Ice axe *

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

  • 2 locking carabiners*

  • Prusik cord*

*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve. Please contact the event leader.


  • 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, or (916) 692-0005.

(916) 692-0005

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