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MAA Donner Rock Climbing - Day 1

  • 06/22/2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Donner Summit
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Join MAA members on Donner Summit for one, two or three days of climbing on amazing Tahoe granite. This scenic area includes School Rock, Grouse Slab, Snowshed Wall and Black Wall, all featuring crack, slab and face climbing. A wide range of climbing experiences is possible, from top roping to leading multi-pitch. We'll rotate between all the crags as the group sees fitIdeal participants can lead up to 5.9 trad, but all participants should know how to tie in, clean, and belay safely, as a minimum.  Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to 10 members each day. Hope to have you out with us!


What's happening: Top rope and multi-pitch traditional rock climbing on granite crack, slab and face features from 5.4 to 5.9 at 7,000 ft, just west of Truckee. We will do laps climbing at least three different routes during each day, and visit all of the crags on this list during our three days. Please RSVP for the days you can commit to attend. 

Where to meet: 9:00 am at the paved "Donner Lake Overlook" parking at the historic curved Rainbow Bridge, at Old Donner Summit (Lincoln Highway). To get there, take Exit 174 from Interstate 80 and drive past Sugar Bowl and down the other side until you see the bridge, or drive up old Lincoln Highway from Truckee.

Event Leader: Darren Shutt, 916-872-3399,

Minimum / Maximum: 2,10

Camping: There are a number of established campgrounds in the Truckee / Donner area, and also flat spots to throw down a tent for a night or two, all along Donner Pass Road just off the shoulder. Other secret spots are spread out around the PCT that winds through here and out in the National Forest. You could also sleep in your car, or you can make more civilized arrangements to stay in Truckee.

What to bring: Harness, rock shoes, helmet, belay device, 2 locking carabiners, PAS, chalk if desired, sturdy footwear for the walk in, lunch, at least 2 liters water, small climbing pack to carry shoes, water and snacks. If you have your own rope or gear you can share, please bring that too. MAA will provide all ropes and anchoring gear. We have some shoes, harnesses, helmets and technical gear for loan, first-come, first-serve. 

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


  • 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.

(916) 872-3399

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