Join MAA members at the classic ice crag in Lee Vining Canyon for water ice climbing on top rope! Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!
What's happening: Ice climbing at Chouinard Falls or Main Wall, in Lee Vining Canyon. Top rope belays. 2 mile approach over snow covered boulders, possible treacherous stream crossings.
Where to meet: Mobil Gas Station, 22 Vista Point Dr. at 6:30 am. We'll caravan to the Lee Vining Trailhead at the Poole Power Plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.
Event Leader: Roger Coss, (209) 815-3981, John Vanek
Minimum / Maximum: 3,10
What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, belay device, warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, puffy, lunch, water, pack, trekking poles. Crampons and ice tools may be provided by MAA.
Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
Additional Info: If conditions are not good or unsafe, this event may be cancelled or altered, even with very little notice. Driving on winter roads is hazardous, carry chains and plan extra time for travel.
- 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.