Upcoming events

    • 08/30/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09/01/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Pass, CA
    • 0
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    Come climb North Peak North Couloir with other MAA members.  This is a semi-technical ascent of a popular Tioga Pass peak and a good introduction to technical alpine climbing. Climbing this mountain will require a moderate degree of fitness and prior experience with multi-pitch ice climbing and basic snow and ice travel. Loaner gear may be available to paid members. Maximum two teams of two climbers, recommended for those with SNOW 4, ICE 1, RCK 5 or equivalent experience.

    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.


    DETAILS

    • MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 2 and 4 respectively.
    • CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should be able to hike 5 miles at altitude with 30 pound pack, ascend to 13,000 feet and feel comfortable with multi-pitch climbing on ice. 
    • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the event leader know if you need something. 
    • FITNESS AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate
    • MEDICAL: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after you’ve been accepted on the team.
    • GETTING THERE: Meet at 6 am at Saddlebag Lake trail-head parking area (The entrance to the trail-head parking area is on the right side of the dirt road across from the dam. See MAP for parking entrance location). 
    • EMERGENCIES: 911, closest hospital is Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

    ITINERARY

    • Day 1, Friday August 30th - at the parking lot for the Yosemite East entrance (6:00 pm-ish) to meet and coordinate gear. We’ll car camp there.
    • Day 2, Saturday, August 31st - Drive to the Saddlebag Lake TH and begin the approach/climb. If meeting group at TH, please arrive at 4:00 am to depart. Climb the route and return to the cars before dark.
    • Day 3, Sunday, Sept. 1 - Weather contingency day in case weather is bad on Saturday. Please keep this day open.

    REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR

    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
    • Soft shell
    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood
    • Socks
    • Gloves (two pair in event one gets wet)
    • Gaiters (optional)
    • Sunglasses
    • Warm hat and/or balaclava
    • Sun hat or covering
    • 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, consider bringing approach shoes
    • Harness*
    • Climbing helmet*
    • Sharp steel 10-12 point crampons, fit to your boots*
    • Ice tools x 2*
    • 3 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*
    • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*
    • Cordellette or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*
    • 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.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are board-approved volunteers, not certified guides.
    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. 
    • Non-commercial wilderness, camping and /or backcountry permits will be acquired within the posted group size limits for this area.
    • 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.

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

    • 09/07/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, California
    • 0
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    ROCK 7: MULTI-PITCH ROCK CLIMBING training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an advanced level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Efficient transitions
    • Multi-point belay anchor building
    • Belaying options and considerations
    • Planning and pacing for multi-pitch days
    • Rappelling and rappelling anchors
    • Options for descending a route

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org, and Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, (916) 872-3399

    DURATION: 8 hours

    MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Water bottles or container system

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Boots or approach shoes

    • Rock shoes*

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • 4 locking carabiners*

    • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

    • Auto-locking belay device*

    • Prusik cord

    • Any of your own rock protection and runners

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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.

    For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.



    • 09/07/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, California
    • 0
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    ROCK 7: MULTI-PITCH ROCK CLIMBING training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an advanced level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Efficient transitions
    • Multi-point belay anchor building
    • Belaying options and considerations
    • Planning and pacing for multi-pitch days
    • Rappelling and rappelling anchors
    • Options for descending a route

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org, and Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, (916) 872-3399

    DURATION: 8 hours

    MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174. Course will be held at Black Wall.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Water bottles or container system

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Boots or approach shoes

    • Rock shoes*

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • 4 locking carabiners*

    • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

    • Auto-locking belay device*

    • Prusik cord

    • Any of your own rock protection and runners

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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.

    For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.



    • 09/08/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, California
    • 8
    Register

    ROCK 1: INTRODUCTION TO ROCK CLIMBING training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an beginning level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Safety considerations
    • Commands
    • Knots, tying in
    • Using and fitting climbing gear
    • Belaying methods and technique
    • Easy scrambling practice
    • Spotting
    • Foundational footwork, handholds and body position
    • Lowering

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org

    DURATION: 8 hours

    MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Water bottles or container system

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Boots or approach shoes

    • Rock shoes*

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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.

    For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.


    • 09/14/2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 09/17/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Kings Canyon, SEKI NP
    • 1
    Register

    Join MAA members to backpack the scenic Rae Lakes Loop. One of the most popular trails in SEKI, Rae Lakes loop traverses stunning Sierra mountain and lake scenery. 3 nights, 4 days. Experience with backpacking recommended. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Rae Lakes Loop in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, 41.4 miles round trip. Back country campsites, approx 10 miles per day, 7,844 elevation gain total.   
    • Where to meet: 6:00 am, Bubbs Creek TH. 
    • Event Leader: Richard Nguyen
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3,6
    • What to bring: Standard backpacking equipment: tent, stove, fuel, pots, map, compass, sleeping bag, pad, bowl / cup, spoon, food for 4 days 3 nights, water filter, water bottles, trekking poles, 40-65 liter backpack, sunglasses, hat, waterproof jackets and pants, sturdy supportive hiking boots, warm layers, wicking baselayers, personal items. If you have any questions please contact the EL.
    • Permit Fee: Please pay $15 to offset the costs of permits. Registration is confirmed when payment is confirmed.
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Bear canisters are required.

    ITINERARY:

    • DAY 1:  - Meet and greet at the Bubbs Creek TH at 6:00 am. Gear, logistics. Hike approximately 10 miles to camp.
    • DAY 2:  - Hiking approximately 10 miles to location. Camp.
    • DAY 3:  - Hiking approximately 10 miles to location. Camp.
    • DAY 4:  - Complete loop back approximately 10 miles back to Bubbs Creek TH.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • 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.
    • 09/21/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, California
    • 3
    Register

    ROCK 2: ROCK CLIMBING TECHNIQUE AND RAPPELLING training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an beginner level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Knots review
    • Continue refining belay technique
    • How and why to anchor the belayer
    • In-depth face and crack climbing technique
    • Coaching each participant on advanced techniques
    • Instruction and practice rappelling with a back-up system

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org

    DURATION: 8 hours

    MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Water bottles or container system

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Boots or approach shoes

    • Rock shoes*

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • 4 locking carabiners*

    • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

    • Auto-locking belay device*

    • Prusik cord

    • Any of your own rock protection and runners

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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.

    For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.


    • 09/22/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, California
    • 10
    Register

    ROCK 3: SPORT LEAD CLIMBING AND BOLTED ANCHORS training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an intermediate level rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Simulated and full sport lead climbing practice
    • Building a bolted top-rope belay anchor 
    • Bolt assessment
    • Racking draws
    • Flaking rope
    • Lead belaying
    • Catching a lead fall
    • Placing draws on lead
    • Clipping the rope
    • Resting on lead
    • Falling on lead
    • Cleaning the anchor. 

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org

    DURATION: 8 hours

    MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Water bottles or container system

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Boots or approach shoes

    • Rock shoes*

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • 4 locking carabiners*

    • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

    • Auto-locking belay device*

    • Prusik cord

    • Any of your own rock protection and runners

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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.

    For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.


    • 10/05/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bowman Lake
    • 0
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    Join MAA members at Bowman Lake for some top-rope cragging. This is a newer, less crowded, easy to reach location boasting many easy and moderate routes. All abilities welcome. Ideal attendees will know how to tie in and provide an adequate belay. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Top rope rock climbing for the day at Bowman Lake near Yuba Gap

    Where to meet: Meet 8:00 am, turn off highway 20 onto Bowman Lake Road go 1.4 miles and cross bridge.  Parking lot immediately after bridge will be meeting area.

    Event Leader: Doug Harris

    Minimum / Maximum: 2/8

    What to bring: harness, helmet, rock shoes, belay device, a few carabiners and slings, jacket, food, water, approach shoes

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

    Additional Info: parking is limited

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • 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.
    • 10/05/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, California
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    ROCK-R: ROCK CLIMBING RESCUE training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an advanced level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Escaping the belay 
    • Tandem rappel 
    • Counterbalanced rappel 
    • Ascending the rope
    • Assisted lowering
    • Raising using mechanical advantage 
    • Patient care and assisting injured climbers

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org, and Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org

    DURATION: 8 hours

    MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Water bottles or container system

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Boots or approach shoes

    • Rock shoes*

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • 4 locking carabiners*

    • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

    • Auto-locking belay device*

    • Prusik cord

    • Any of your own rock protection and runners

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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.

    For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.



    • 10/06/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Donner Summit
    • 6
    Register

    Join MAA on Donner Summit for a day of top rope climbing on amazing Tahoe Granite. These scenic crags feature crack, slab and face climbing all close to I-80. A wide range of climbing is available, with all levels welcome. Ideal participants can belay safely and tie in.  Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Top rope rock climbing on granite crack, slab and face features from 5.4 to 5.9 at Old Donner Summit (Lincoln Highway) at 7,056 ft, just west of Truckee

    Where to meet: 9:00 am at the Donner Lake overlook parking area, at the historic curved bridge, on the east side of Historic Donner Pass. This is just beyond the entrance to Sugarbowl ski area. Take Exit 174 from Interstate 80 or drive up old Lincoln Highway from Truckee.

    Event Leader: Doug Harris

    Minimum / Maximum: 2,8

    What to bring: Harness, shoes, helmet, belay device, locking carabiner, chalk if desired, sturdy footwear for the walk in, lunch, water, small daypack, jacket

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • 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.
    • 10/06/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, California
    • 10
    Register

    ROCK 4: TRADITIONAL ROCK CLIMBING PROTECTION AND BELAY ANCHORS training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an intermediate level traditional rock climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Orientation to lead climbing gear and equipment

    • Placing and assessing natural and artificial (active and passive) protection

    • Multi-directional anchors

    • Multi-point anchors

    • SRENE

    • Equalization

    • V-angle

    • Belay options

    • Rappelling from a gear anchor

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org

    DURATION: 8 hours

    MEET: At the Donner Lake Overlook parking lot, near the rainbow bridge, old Donner Pass road, just beyond Sugar Bowl, off Exit 174.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Water bottles or container system

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Boots or approach shoes

    • Rock shoes*

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • 4 locking carabiners*

    • 2 tied or sewn runners, 48"*

    • Auto-locking belay device*

    • Prusik cord

    • Any of your own rock protection and runners

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

    • The training 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.

    For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or connect@mountainascent.org, or (916) 692-0005.


    • 12/21/2019
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lee Vining, Ca
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members at the classic ice crag in Lee Vining Canyon for water ice climbing on top rope! Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 4. 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.

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Ice climbing at Chouinard Falls or Main Wall, in Lee Vining Canyon. Top rope belays. 2 mile approach over snow covered boulders, possible treacherous stream crossings.

    Where to meet: Mobil Gas Station, 22 Vista Point Dr. at 6:00 am. We'll caravan to the Lee Vining Trailhead at the Poole Power Plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.

    Event Leader: Roger Coss, (209) 815-3981, rcoss15@comcast.net

    Minimum / Maximum: 2,4

    What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, belay device, warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, puffy, lunch, water, pack, trekking poles. Crampons and ice tools may be provided by MAA.

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

    Additional Info: If conditions are not good or unsafe, this event may be cancelled or altered, even with very little notice. Driving on winter roads is hazardous, carry chains and plan extra time for travel.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
    • 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.
    • 01/05/2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01/11/2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • Ouray, CO
    • 11
    Register

    Join MAA at Ouray Colorado for spectacular week of ice climbing. The ice park is world famous boasting hundreds of routes, in addition to some amazing climbing just outside the park. We rent a huge house just minutes from the park where we can climb ice for days on end. We'll also be climbing ice in the backcountry as available. All levels welcome. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 15 stoked ice climbers! Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • DATES: Sunday, January 5th to Saturday, January 11th, 2020
    • LOCATION: Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, CO
    • EVENT LEADERS: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, and Kelvin Nguyen, kelvin@mountainascent.org
    • MIN / MAX: 7 /15
    • CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should know how to belay, tie in, lower and be lowered. Experienced ice climbers who are proficient in top rope anchor building and/or have attended ICE  1 training or have shown to have this level of ice climbing experience on their profile will be best prepared.
    • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, club loaner gear may be available (except footwear). Please let the event leader know if you need something
    • EXPEDITION FEE: $437 per participant. This covers house rental for 6 days, airfare or mileage reimbursement to get the ELs and gear to Ouray, MAA operations fee ($300) and one car rental to access the backcountry / airport pickup, etc.
    • REFUNDS: Full refunds can be given outside of 90 days of the trip date. Between 30 and 90 days, 50% refunds are possible. Closer than 30 days, no refunds can be given.
    • WHAT TO BRING: Warm boots, crampons, ice tools, harness, belay device, eye protection, a few carabiners, slings, PAS, any personal lead climbing or anchor building equipment, rope, cold weather clothing, shell layers, multiple socks and gloves, climbing pack, sleeping bag, travel clothes. Ice tools, ropes, ice screws, radios and anchor building equipment will be supplied by MAA.
    • MEDICAL: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • LODGING: Ouray Manor can sleep 21, but we will cap event at 15. Please bring a sleeping bag and mat as this will give us maximum flexibility with beds and space. There are three floors, 8 bedrooms with between one and three beds in each, and 5 bathrooms. House has a living room, front room, dining room, full kitchen, laundry, and wi-fi.

    ITINERARY:

    • Sunday, Jan. 5th: Check in 4:00 pm at The Ouray Manor. Meet and greet, enjoy group dinner
    • Monday, Jan. 6th - Friday, January 10th: Leave early to secure routes, walk to the park for top rope ice climbing at between 2 and 4 locations in the park. We will also do some climbing in the backcountry, as can be arranged. Climb until the afternoon, then evening meals and festivities to ensue back in town.  
    • Saturday, January 11th: Clean house and check out at 10:30 am. 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • Travel arrangements are separate. Flights can be arranged to both Grand Junction and Durango, but winter time flights into Colorado can be unreliable. Driving may also be hampered by winter storms and road closures.

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

    • 01/11/2020
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lee Vining, Ca
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members at the classic ice crag in Lee Vining Canyon for water ice climbing on top rope! Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 4. 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.

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Ice climbing at Chouinard Falls or Main Wall, in Lee Vining Canyon. Top rope belays. 2 mile approach over snow covered boulders, possible treacherous stream crossings.

    Where to meet: Mobil Gas Station, 22 Vista Point Dr. at 6:00 am. We'll caravan to the Lee Vining Trailhead at the Poole Power Plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.

    Event Leader: Roger Coss, (209) 815-3981, rcoss15@comcast.net

    Minimum / Maximum: 2,4

    What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, belay device, warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, puffy, lunch, water, pack, trekking poles. Crampons and ice tools may be provided by MAA.

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

    Additional Info: If conditions are not good or unsafe, this event may be cancelled or altered, even with very little notice. Driving on winter roads is hazardous, carry chains and plan extra time for travel.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
    • 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.
    • 02/01/2020
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lee Vining, Ca
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members at the classic ice crag in Lee Vining Canyon for water ice climbing on top rope! Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 4. 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.

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Ice climbing at Chouinard Falls or Main Wall, in Lee Vining Canyon. Top rope belays. 2 mile approach over snow covered boulders, possible treacherous stream crossings.

    Where to meet: Mobil Gas Station, 22 Vista Point Dr. at 6:00 am. We'll caravan to the Lee Vining Trailhead at the Poole Power Plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.

    Event Leader: Roger Coss, (209) 815-3981, rcoss15@comcast.net

    Minimum / Maximum: 2,4

    What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, belay device, warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, puffy, lunch, water, pack, trekking poles. Crampons and ice tools may be provided by MAA.

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

    Additional Info: If conditions are not good or unsafe, this event may be cancelled or altered, even with very little notice. Driving on winter roads is hazardous, carry chains and plan extra time for travel.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
    • 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.
    • 02/29/2020
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lee Vining, Ca
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members at the classic ice crag in Lee Vining Canyon for water ice climbing on top rope! Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 4. 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.

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Ice climbing at Chouinard Falls or Main Wall, in Lee Vining Canyon. Top rope belays. 2 mile approach over snow covered boulders, possible treacherous stream crossings.

    Where to meet: Mobil Gas Station, 22 Vista Point Dr. at 6:00 am. We'll caravan to the Lee Vining Trailhead at the Poole Power Plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.

    Event Leader: Roger Coss, (209) 815-3981, rcoss15@comcast.net

    Minimum / Maximum: 2,4

    What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, belay device, warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, puffy, lunch, water, pack, trekking poles. Crampons and ice tools may be provided by MAA.

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

    Additional Info: If conditions are not good or unsafe, this event may be cancelled or altered, even with very little notice. Driving on winter roads is hazardous, carry chains and plan extra time for travel.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
    • 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.



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