Mt. Williamson and Tyndall, ROCK 7,8, SNOW 3,4 Training

  • 05/23/2022
  • 6:00 AM
  • 05/28/2022
  • 10:00 PM
  • Independence, CA
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Join MAA for a week of multi-pitch alpine rock and snow climbing on two mighty fourteeners: Mt. Williamson and Mt. Tyndall. This combo climbing and super training event will allow us to climb high alpine routes on two 14,000+ mountains from the same basecamp over the course of 6 days, as well as provide excellent on-mountain training in ROCK 7,8 and SNOW 3,4. Participants will need to be experienced in alpine rock and steep snow climbing, experience with leading recommended. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for up to nine expedition members. 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 their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified by email. 


  • What's happening: Early season climbing fourteeners Mt. Williamson 14,375 (second highest peak in CA), and Mt. Tyndall 14,018, via a host of multi-pitch easy and moderate traditional alpine rock routes or scrambling routes, all with snow approaches and descents. We'll be climbing with daypacks containing crampons, a mountain axe and our gear. Routes vary from 5-9 pitches, most are approx. 1,000' ascents. Mountain travel and camping, mostly in snow, in a remote area. 6 total days to allow for travel, acclimatization, climbing days, training days, rest days, and weather contingency.
  • Routes Options: On Mt. Williamson we are looking at the North Rib IV, 5.7, North Arete III, 5.4, and the descent route, West Face Class 3. On Mt. Tyndall we are looking at the North Rib Class 3, East Face East Pillar II, 5.6, East Gully III, 5.8 and NW Ridge Class 2.  
  • Cost: This event is free for all MAA members and the general public who can register to become MAA members for free.
  • Where to meet: 6:00 am, town of Independence, CA. Monday May 23rd.
  • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt,, 916-872-3399
  • Minimum / Maximum: 3,9
  • Required Skills and Fitness: Please take training for this event seriously! Solid cardio fitness to hike 12 miles and approx. 6,000 feet gain with a heavy pack in a single, long day to basecamp on Day 1. Then climbing big alpine rock and snow routes for a few days, and completing the descent 12 miles back to the TH at the end of the week. Proficient snow climbing and self-arrest, proficient multi-pitch rock climbing, scrambling, lead belaying, following and cleaning, rappelling, and mountain travel and camping on snow for 6 days. 
  • What to bring: Warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body - 4 layers for upper and 3 layers for lower, minimum. 2 pair socks and gloves, warm mittens, warm headwear, sunglasses, goggles, gaiters. Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, lightweight crampons, ice axe, 15-30 liter climbing pack and 50 - 75 liter main pack, 3-season mountain boots compatible with your crampons, food for 6 days, capacity for 2 liters of water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp with extra batteries, trekking pole(s), bear canister, spoon, bowl, first aid kit, personal items. Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be decided on the conference call ahead of time, or decided at the trailhead. 
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.


  • PRIOR: Expedition Conference Call in April 2022, exact dates TBD
  • DAY 1 - Monday, May 23rd: Meet in Independence at 6:00 a.m. for logistics and finalize preparations. Drive to Symmes Creek TH, park. Hike all 12 miles up Shepherd Pas and down into Williamson Bowl to set up basecamp, hopefully before nightfall. 
  • DAY 2, Tuesday, May 24th:  All teams will rest, continue acclimatizing, and review multi-pitch climbing techniques and scout routes, approaches and descent
  • DAY 3 - 5, Wednesday, May 25th - Friday, May 27th: Climbing in various teams on selected routes each day, starting at first light and climbing until close to darkness. Return to camp each evening, rest, prep for tomorrow. Repeat!
  • DAY 6, Saturday, May 28th: Break camp early, descend all the way back to trailhead, celebratory dinner in Independence, and drive home that night or next morning.


  • 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.

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