Castle Peak Central Couloir

  • 04/07/2019
  • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Castle Peak, at Donner Summit Sno-Park
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Join MAA members for a spring snow climb up the central couloir on Castle Peak. This is a moderate snow climb to the high point with a great view of the Donner Pass area. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified.


  • What's happening: Castle Peak 9,103 near I-80, ascending the central couloir 45 degrees snow, to the summit block. Climb is about 1000', gently steepening through a narrow constriction at the bottom. Will top out at the second pinnacle, then we'll continue to the base of true summit (option to climb will be discussed, will require fixed ropes or rappelling). 
  • Where to meet: 8:00 am, Donner Sno-Park. Sno-Park pass required.
  • Event Leader: John Scruggs (510) 219-2397
  • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
  • What to bring: mountain boots, mountain axe*, crampons*, helmet*, harness*, leash to axe*, gloves, backpack, water, food, sunglasses, trekking poles, climbing layers (wicking, warm, waterproof), compass, map, first aid. (*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve.)
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
  • Additional Info: Sno-Park pass is required. 
    • 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.

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