The Palisades Expedition, ICE 3, ROCK 8 Training

  • 08/17/2020
  • 7:00 AM
  • 08/22/2020
  • 8:00 PM
  • Big Pine, CA
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Join MAA Apex members to climb the Palisade Classics: North Pal, Polemonium, Sill, Starlight and Thunderbolt. Considered the "throneroom of the alpine gods" the Palisades is the most densely packed array of alpine ice and rock routes in the Sierra. We'll spend 6 days tackling the best routes such as the U-Notch, V-Notch, Swiss Arete and the North Pal to Thunderbolt Traverse. This will provide the opportunity for participants to have an excellent hands-on training experience in ROCK 8 and ICE 3. For APEX members only - please upgrade as a renewal here. Prior experience climbing steep snow, alpine ice and alpine multi-pitch rock climbing required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

SCREENED EVENT: This event is for APEX Members only. Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 


  • What's happening: Climbing in the Palisades for six days with camp near the foot of Mt. Gayley and bivy camps on the Palisades Glacier. ICE 3 and ROCK 8 training. Alpine ice climbing up to AI3, multi-pitch alpine rock up to 5.8, rappelling, rock traverses, backcountry off-trail navigation and camping. Many ascents will take between 10-16 hours.
  • Where to meet: In Big Pine CA, location TBD
  • Event Leader: Darren Shutt
  • Minimum / Maximum: 2,6
  • Group Cost Expedition Fee: $112 per participant. This pays for permits, mileage to get gear and ELs to the Palisades as well as mandatory group gear deposit. Registration is confirmed upon payment of expedition fee. 
  • Refund policy: Full refunds outside of 90 days, 50% refund between 30 and 90 days, no refund possible closer than 30 days. 
  • Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.
  • Skills Requirements: Participants should be experienced in and know how to climb 60 degree alpine ice with two tools, climb fifth class rock in mountaineering boots, lead belay, rappel, and clean ice and rock protection, as well as standard backcountry and mountain travel and camping. 
  • What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, a pair of ice tools, rock shoes, harness, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, 2 slings, prusik, PAS, helmet, base layers, mid layers, shell layers, 2 pair socks, lightweight gloves, 30 - 55 liter climbing pack, sleeping bag, tent, food for 6 days, 2 liter water carrying capacity, trekking poles, gaiters, map, compass, strong headlamp with extra batteries, lightweight emergency bivy. MAA may supply some or all of the group technical equipment, ropes, tents, stoves, and fuel.
  • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals. 
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.


  • PRIOR: We will arrange gear and logistics online and on a conference call that will happen approx. July 2020. TBD, will communicate with registrants.
  • DAY 1 - Monday, August 17th: Meet in Big Pine, caravan up to the trailhead. Logistics, gear, review route to basecamp. Hike approx. 8 miles to basecamp on or below the Palisade Glacier.
  • DAY 2 - DAY 5, Tuesday, August 18th - Friday, August 21st: 4 days to climb all of the best routes in the Palisades. Exact routes, teams and itinerary will be decided days prior to departure and finalized on the mountain. 
  • DAY 6 - Saturday, June 14th: Break camp and head home.


  • In order to register you must be an Apex member and pay the group cost expedition fee.
  • 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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