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Donner Peak Northeast Face

  • 03/25/2023
  • 5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Truckee, CA
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Join MAA members on a classic Tahoe steep snow climb and SNOW 4 training on the Northeast Face of Donner Peak. This climb presents the opportunity to practice your SNOW 4 skills and also summit a scenic rocky peak via a technical route.  Recommended for those with SNOW 3 training, or equivalent prior experience. Loaner gear may 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 shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified by email.


What's happening: SNOW 4 practice climbing steep snow / rock up to 55 degrees in rope teams using snow, ice and rock protection and on the NE face of Donner Peak, elev. 7,056, near Truckee, CA. Approx. 1,500' elevation gain. Walk off the NW side exiting near China Wall. 

Where to meet: 5:00 am, at the dirt parking lot facing Snowshed wall, located on the hairpin turn below the curved bridge paved parking lot, on the Truckee side of Donner Summit. Exit 174 from I-80.

Event Leader: Darren Shutt 916-872-3399,

Minimum / Maximum: 3,6

What to bring: Mountain axe, second shorter tool (hammer if possible), sharp crampons fit to your boots, mountaineering boots, harness, double sling or PAS, cordelette, 3 locking carabiners, helmet, gloves, eye protection, small climbing backpack, lunch, water, waterproof, warm layers and storm layers, headlamp, one or two trekking poles if desired. Loaner gear may be available, contact Darren.

Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

Additional Info: Any suspect avalanche conditions on this face will alter or cancel the event. Winter storm conditions may cancel the event entirely. Winter driving is treacherous; carry chains, go slow, and plan plenty of time for travel. 


  • 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 members.

  • 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.

(916) 872-3399

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