Join MAA members for a winter ascent of the "lightning-rod of the Cascades", Mt. Thielsen. With a needle-like summit and readily accessible just north of Crater Lake in Oregon, this peak is a fun winter climb. Attendees should be comfortable with winter camping, serious exposure and be confident with self-arrest and climbing steep snow. Loaner gear may be available to paid members. Elements of the SNOW 1-4 and MTN 2 training courses will be a part of this climb. Maximum of 8, recommended for those with good fitness and some mileage in the mountains.
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.
Prior - Selected team will communicate and coordinate details over email and phone.
Friday, Feb. 3rd - Meet at 8:00 am at the Thielsen Sno-Park on Hwy 138. Sno-park pass is required to park there. We'll meet, sort gear and hit the trail by 10:00 am. Snowshoe / ski about 3 miles where we'll dig in our tents to establish basecamp. We'll review self-arrest and snow climbing technique, and enjoy a nice warm evening meal and an early bedtime.
Saturday, Feb. 4th - Starting around dawn, we'll gear up and begin the ascent to the summit right from camp. Preferred route is the North Ridge, but we can also ascend the non-technical West Ridge. Either way, we aim to summit by noon and descend the West Ridge back to camp. We'll break down camp in the afternoon and trek back to the trailhead, arriving around 4 pm.
REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or (916) 692-0005.