Mt. Sir Donald Expedition

  • 07/19/2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 07/20/2019
  • 10:00 PM
  • Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park, BC, Canada
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Join MAA climbers in Canada to climb the incredible northwest ridge of Mt. Sir Donald. One of the "Fifty Classic Climbing of North America" this incredible, exposed, but moderate alpine rock route is not to be missed! This may be one of the longest continuous alpine ridges you'll ever climb. Participants must be proficient in alpine multi-pitch climbing and be in excellent shape for a huge day out on the mountain. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified by email. Thank you! 


  • What's happening: Mt. Sir Donald 10,816 NW Ridge, III, 5.4, in BC's Glacier National Park, at the summit of the Trans-Canadian Hwy, Roger Pass. This is a huge route with 7,800 gain over technical terrain, involving scrambling, scree, downclimbing with exposure, and a long 14-rappell descent. Participants must be able to move quickly over exposed terrain using a combination of simul-climbing and belayed climbing in pitches, as well as have excellent endurance to move fast all day.
  • Where to meet: 9:00 am, Friday, July 19th at the Glacier National Park Visitor Center at Rogers Pass. 
  • Participant Expedition Fees: $134 per person. Pays for mandatory group gear deposit and mileage reimbursement for EL travel. Minimum of 4 participants to meet these expenses. Fee must be paid to confirm registration.
  • Refund Policy: Full refund outside of 60 days, 50% refund 30-60 days, no refund closer than 30 days
  • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399,, Kelvin Nguyen,
  • Minimum / Maximum: 4,6
  • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 4 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, PAS, crampons, ice axe, 30 - 45 liter climbing pack, approach shoes / boots compatible with your crampons, food, water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, trekking pole(s). Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be determined beforehand. 
  • Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
  • Additional Info: Bear canisters or bear-proof containers are required.
  • Trip Report: Written by one of our members who climbed it recently.
  • Official Brochure produced by Parks Canada


Prior: Evening weekday conference call and training day opportunities with team. Dates will be firmed up in 2019.

  • DAY 1: Friday, July 19th - 9:00 am. Meet and greet at the Rogers Pass Visitor Center. Get permit. Proceed to bivy site or campground. Dinner, logistics.
  • DAY 2: Saturday, July 20th - With a very early pre-dawn start, climb the NW ridge route and descend back to camp and the trailhead.


  • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
  • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
  • 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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