SNOW 1: Introduction to Snow Climbing

  • 12/14/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Truckee, California
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SNOW 1: INTRODUCTION TO SNOW 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 snow climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

  • Snow climbing safety

  • Assessing snow and avalanche conditions

  • Digging a snow pit

  • Selecting and fitting snow and ice climbing crampons and ice axe

  • Snow climbing techniques with and without crampons

  • Efficient trail breaking trail in a team

  • Techniques for descending snow with and without crampons

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

DURATION: 8 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 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


  • 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


  • Mountaineering boots

  • Climbing helmet*

  • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

  • Ice axe*

*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.

5209 Luce Ave. Suite A

McClellan, CA 95652

(916) 692-0005

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