Laurel Mountain NE Gully

  • 09/26/2020
  • 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Convict Lake Trailhead
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Join MAA members to climb Laurel Mountain NE Gully: an accessible, fairly easy and adventurous multi-pitch rock climb. Views of the Mammoth area and deep into the High Sierra will unfold on the summit. We will bring light gear but will probably scramble most of it unroped. Loaner gear may be available to paid members. Maximum of 8 climbers. Recommended for those with excellent fitness and alpine rock climbing experience who know how to climb carefully in terrain with potential for loose rock.

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: Climbing Laurel Mountain 11,724' via the NE Gully route, 5.2, Grade II. Although this a technically easy route it is a 3,200' ascent. We'll have very light short ropes and minimal gear but will expect to scramble most, or all of the route unroped. We will not attempt it if there's a chance of precipitation as this route is difficult to climb and retreat from when wet. Will probably be a 12-hour day. We'll be returning down the east ridge / buttress.  
  • Where to meet: Convict Lake trailhead at just south of the Mammoth Lakes Exit on Hwy 395, at 5:00 am.
  • Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399
  • Minimum / Maximum: 2/8
  • 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


  • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
  • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
  • Wind and waterproof shell layer top
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • Sun hat or covering
  • Climbing backpack (no larger than 45L)
  • High energy food, snacks and drinks
  • Water bottles or container system
  • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Map and compass
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Optional items for consideration: altimeter, trekking poles, camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana
  • Mountaineering boots or approach shoes
  • Rock shoes if desired
  • Lightweight harness*
  • Climbing helmet*
  • 3 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*
  • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*
  • Belay device*
  • Ropes, protection, slings* (may be group gear)

*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve.


  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

  • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

  • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

  • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

  • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

  • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

  • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

  • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

  • 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 at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

    For more information or questions about this climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or, or (916) 692-0005.

    (916) 692-0005

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