Upcoming events

    • 01/24/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Lee Vining, California
    • 2
    Register

    ICE 1: WATER ICE CLIMBING and ICE 2: WATER ICE LEAD CLIMBING combo training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a experienced MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an beginning level or intermediate level ice climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. Maximum of 8.

    For Apex members onlyupgrade as a renewal here. You can attend either training on the same day. Please indicate on your registration and the class will be adjusted accordingly.

    We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 1:

    • Top rope steep water ice climbing

    • Ice tool technique

    • Crampon footwork technique

    • Crampon footwork technique

    • Top-rope belaying
    • Climbing communication

    • Lowering on top rope

    • Resting on route

     We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 2:
    • Lead climbing or mock lead climbing on water ice

    • Placing, assessing, clipping and cleaning ice screws

    • Building and assessing multi-point ice anchors

    • Refined ice climbing technique

    • Strategy, resting, and picking a line

    • Racking and preparation

    • Lead belaying

    • Route planning

    FOR: All Apex members who have viewed the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile. Ideally you will have done at least 50 top rope climbs before attempting to lead. 

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

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: At the Mobil Station at the junction of Hwy 120 and Hwy 395, just outside Lee Vining, CA.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    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.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

    • Socks

    • Gloves and/or mittens

    • Gaiters

    • Sunglasses

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava

    EQUIPMENT

    • Backpack - save space for group gear

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

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

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Ice climbing or mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Ice tools*

    • 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

    • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*

    • 16” loop of 4-5mm cord as a prusik*

    • Cordellette or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*

    • Auto locking belay device*

    • Ropes, ice 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. Please contact the event leader.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • This event is for current APEX members only

    • 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.


    • 01/25/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Lee Vining, California
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    ICE 1: WATER ICE CLIMBING and ICE 2: WATER ICE LEAD CLIMBING combo training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a experienced MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an beginning level or intermediate level ice climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. Maximum of 8.

    For Apex members onlyupgrade as a renewal here. You can attend either training on the same day. Please indicate on your registration and the class will be adjusted accordingly.

    We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 1:

    • Top rope steep water ice climbing

    • Ice tool technique

    • Crampon footwork technique

    • Crampon footwork technique

    • Top-rope belaying
    • Climbing communication

    • Lowering on top rope

    • Resting on route

     We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 2:
    • Lead climbing or mock lead climbing on water ice

    • Placing, assessing, clipping and cleaning ice screws

    • Building and assessing multi-point ice anchors

    • Refined ice climbing technique

    • Strategy, resting, and picking a line

    • Racking and preparation

    • Lead belaying

    • Route planning

    FOR: All Apex members who have viewed the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile. Ideally you will have done at least 50 top rope climbs before attempting to lead. 

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

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: At the Mobil Station at the junction of Hwy 120 and Hwy 395, just outside Lee Vining, CA.

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    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.

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

    • Socks

    • Gloves and/or mittens

    • Gaiters

    • Sunglasses

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava

    EQUIPMENT

    • Backpack - save space for group gear

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

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

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Ice climbing or mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Ice tools*

    • 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

    • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*

    • 16” loop of 4-5mm cord as a prusik*

    • Cordellette or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*

    • Auto locking belay device*

    • Ropes, ice 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. Please contact the event leader.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • This event is for current APEX members only

    • 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.


    • 01/27/2020
    • 12/28/2020
    • 12 sessions
    • Online Video Conference Call
    Register

    The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of Mountain Ascent Association will be held the fourth Monday of every month from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. The meetings are a recurring series - you will be RSVPed to them all at once.

    All meetings will be held online and a link will be sent in a confirmation email to those registered. Agenda will be determined beforehand and approved or amended at each meeting. Board members are required to attend. Guests are welcome to attend upon prior arrangement. 

    • 02/01/2020
    • 02/02/2020
    • Forrest Falls, CA
    • 0
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    Join MAA on a winter ascent of Mt. San Gorgonio via the Vivian Creek trail. This is the tallest peak in Southern California at 11,503'. The Vivian Creek trail gains 5400' over 9 miles. This is a strenuous hike. Proficiency in winter camping and snow travel is required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Mt. San Gorgonio, Vivian Creek Trail, snow. Two-day ascent, winter camping.
    • Where to meet: Mill Creek Ranger Station (34701 Mill Creek Rd, Mentone, CA 92359). We will caravan from here to the Vivian Creek Trail Parking Lot
    • Event Leaders: Kevin Koenig (949-485-1722, kevinkng094@gmail.com)
    • Minimum/Maximum: 2/4
    • 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, head lamp. Warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, food for 1 night/2 days, water bottles with insulating sleeve (or Hydroflask type container), spoon, cup, 4-season tent, warm sleeping bag, sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snowshoes, snow shovel, 50L-70L pack. Equipment such as stove, pots, fuel and tents may be supplied by MAA but you will need to work that out with Darren (in Sacramento) prior to this trip. Leave about 10 liters of space and up to 5 lbs for group gear. 
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: An Adventure Pass is required for each vehicle. These can be obtained from any of the ranger stations or from many of the local merchants like REI, etc. (an America The Beautiful - National Parks pass is also a valid Adventure Pass - must be displayed in your vehicle)

    ITINERARY:

    • DAY 1: Saturday December 28th - Meet at Mill Creek Ranger Station at 9am and all drive to the trail head. Hike to the High Creek camping area (5.6 miles, 3200' elevation gain) and set up camp.
    • DAY 2: Sunday, December 29th -  Early start, hike to the summit and back to camp, break camp and return to the trail head. 

    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.

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    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 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.

    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: Paul Shaughnessy, paul@mountainascent.org

    Minimum / Maximum: 2,6

    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.

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    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
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tamarack Peak on Hwy 431
    • 1
    Join waitlist

    Join MAA members at Tamarack Peak near Tahoe for some scenic backcountry skiing. This is one of the most accessible peaks with a variety of friendly bowls and terrain. Current Avalanche 1 training and avy gear required to attend. We have room for 8. 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, including evidence of Avy Level 1 and equipment. Those registered will be notified.

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Backcountry skiing on Tamarack Peak, laps on bowls and ridges with 600' vert skiable terrain. Less than 1 mile approach, elevations from 8,600 to 9,900 feet. From the parking lot, skin due west through the sparse, rolling forest, aiming for the saddle between Tamarack and Galena Peaks. From here, turn south (left) and find the ridgeline to Tamarack’s summit. Be sure to remember the ascent route and surrounding landscape for the last descent to the car. The parking lot is hidden out of view behind a small ridge for most of the way back.
    • Where to meet: 8:00 am, roadside parking with room for over 20 cars located on Highway 431, 1 mile east of the highway’s summit. This parking area is 15.5 miles west of the 395-431 junction near Reno, and 9 miles east of the 28-431 junction near Incline Village.
    • Event Leader: Will Beaubien (415) 218-7936
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
    • What to bring: Skis, boots, skins, poles, avy beacon, probe, shovel, appropriate winter clothing and layers, lunch, water, pack and sense of adventure!
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

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

    • Additional Info: While winter driving expect storms, carry chains and plan extra time for treacherous conditions.
    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.
    • 02/03/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 88
    Register

    APEX Members Conference Call

    All current Apex members are invited to join the MAA President online in an open format video conference call. We'll discuss our current and future events, visit relevant topics, and answer any questions you may have about anything relevant to MAA. This call joins the online training call, immediately following. Hope you'll join us!

    Details:

    • When you register the call-in information will be sent in the registration confirmation email 
    • Calls typically last about 15 minutes, and are exclusively for Apex members.
    • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • We may share images, maps and route descriptions so having the ability to see presented items is recommended.
    • You are not required to send live video of yourself - that is optional.

    • 02/03/2020
    • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 90
    Register

    Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on ICE 1, ICE 2, ICE 3 and MTN 2. Everyone is invited to join in this interactive 45 minute discussion and Q & A session. The training video presentations will be briefly reviewed. To get the most out of the session and be best prepared to participate please view the training videos prior.

    DATE: February 3rd, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    TO REGISTER:

    TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

    • ICE 1 - Water Ice Climbing - Top-rope ice climbing instruction and practice. Top-rope belaying, communication, lowering on top rope, review knots, parallel and alternating progression techniques, resting, crampon footwork technique, ice tool technique, top rope steep water ice. 
    • ICE 2 - Water Ice Lead Climbing - Single-pitch water ice lead climbing instruction and practice from the ground up. Lead belaying, route planning, racking, ice climbing tips and techniques, placing, assessing and clipping ice screws, following and cleaning, building and assessing multi-point ice anchors.
    • ICE 3 - Multi-Pitch and Mixed Ice Lead Climbing - Instruction and practice in water / glacier ice, mixed and multi-pitch lead climbing, using micro-pitches. Focus on efficient transitions, gear and racking for multi-pitch, climbing in teams of three, using twin ropes and half ropes. Principles of climbing snow and ice at altitude, with bivy packs, belaying considerations, V-thread and A-thread rappel anchors, lowering in guide mode, kiwi coil, and climbing rock with crampons and ice tools.
    • MTN 2 - Winter Mountaineering - Day 1: Winter Mountaineering. Winter climbing, camping and travel skills, advanced map and compass navigation in winter or glacier terrain, review prior navigation techniques, snow camping skills, snow shelters including caves, quinzhees, hybrid shelter and tents, winter sleep system considerations, drying out gear, preventing cold injuries, food and nutrition for winter, obtaining water in winter, physical training tips, and winter mountaineering gear, clothing and equipment. Day 2: Winter mountaineering peak ascent. Scrambling mixed, snowy terrain with boots and pack, staying dry, fueled and hydrated in challenging conditions, climbing steep fixed lines, rappelling, rappel anchor options, practice winter navigation to and from a peak, snowshoes or skis may be needed.

    SESSION INFORMATION:

    • Call in details will be sent in a confirmation email upon registration
    • To view all MAA training courses and disciplines, please reference this document
    • 02/10/2020
    • 12/14/2020
    • 11 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    The Event Leader Conference of the Mountain Ascent Association will be held the second Monday of each month from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. This is a series of sessions for all of 2020. Conference agenda typically includes check-in with each EL, review and coordination of all events, and some EL training or discussion.

    The meeting will be held online. Video conferencing is preferred. Please follow this link:

    https://meet.google.com/yzb-yngm-qem

    All ELs are requested to attend, guests are welcome. See you there!

    • 02/17/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Flaming Grill Cafe 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150 (Inside Country Club Plaza) Sacramento, CA 95825
    • 18
    Register

    Join us for a presentation on Winter Climbing. Everyone is invited for a bite to eat and interactive multimedia presentation at the Flaming Grill Cafe near our retail partner Bobcat's Adventure Sports in Sacramento. The presentation is intended for current or prospective mountaineers who would like to expand into climbing peaks year-round. We'll get into the skills, gear, and information you need to successfully summit despite the harsh weather, conditions and requirements of technical winter mountaineering. Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions! Maximum 40, pre-registration only, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.

    DETAILS

    • Please register to attend - we have room for only 40 MAA members.
    • FREE for Apex members, $10 for Base members and $20 for Associate members - you can become an MAA member here.
    • Please order before 8:30 pm, presentation will start about 8:45 and end about 9:30 pm.
    • At the Flaming Grill Cafe in the Country Club Plaza, located at 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95825
    • Bobcat's Adventure Sports will be open before and after the event to check out gear, rentals and purchase!
    • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


    • 02/21/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Lee Vining, California
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    ICE 1: WATER ICE CLIMBING and ICE 2: WATER ICE LEAD CLIMBING combo training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a experienced MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an beginning level or intermediate level ice climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. Maximum of 8.

    For Apex members only, upgrade as a renewal here. You can attend either training on the same day. Please indicate on your registration and the class will be adjusted accordingly.

    We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 1:

    • Top rope steep water ice climbing

    • Ice tool technique

    • Crampon footwork technique

    • Crampon footwork technique

    • Top-rope belaying
    • Climbing communication

    • Lowering on top rope

    • Resting on route

     We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 2:
    • Lead climbing or mock lead climbing on water ice

    • Placing, assessing, clipping and cleaning ice screws

    • Building and assessing multi-point ice anchors

    • Refined ice climbing technique

    • Strategy, resting, and picking a line

    • Racking and preparation

    • Lead belaying

    • Route planning

    FOR: All Apex members who have viewed the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile. Ideally you will have done at least 50 top rope climbs before attempting to lead. 

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

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: At the Mobil Station at the junction of Hwy 120 and Hwy 395, just outside Lee Vining, CA.

    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.

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    CLOTHING

    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

    • Socks

    • Gloves and/or mittens

    • Gaiters

    • Sunglasses

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava

    EQUIPMENT

    • Backpack - save space for group gear

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

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

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Ice climbing or mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Ice tools*

    • 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

    • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*

    • 16” loop of 4-5mm cord as a prusik*

    • Cordellette or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*

    • Auto locking belay device*

    • Ropes, ice 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. Please contact the event leader.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • This event is for current APEX members only

    • 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.


    • 02/22/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • June Lake, California
    • 1
    Register

    ICE 2: WATER ICE LEAD CLIMBING and ICE 3: MULTI-PITCH AND MIXED ICE CLIMBING combo training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with an experienced MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an intermediate or advanced level ice climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events.

    For Apex members onlyupgrade as a renewal here. You can attend either training on the same day. Please indicate on your registration and the class will be adjusted accordingly. 

    We'll do the following for those who are attending ICE 2:

    • Lead climbing or mock lead climbing on water ice

    • Placing, assessing, clipping and cleaning ice screws

    • Building and assessing multi-point ice anchors

    • Refined ice climbing technique

    • Strategy, resting, and picking a line

    • Racking and preparation

    • Lead belaying

    • Route planning

    For those who attend ICE 3 we'll do the following:
    • Climbing in teams of two and three
    • Using twin ropes and half ropes
    • Gear and racking for multi-pitch

    • V-thread and A-thread rappel anchors

    • Efficient transitions

    • Climbing snow and ice at altitude and with bivy packs

    • Anchor building with all available protection

    • Belaying options and considerations

    • Lowering in guide mode

    • Climbing rock with crampons and ice tools

    • Route planning and strategy

    FOR: All Apex 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: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org, (916) 872-3399

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: At the end of the road, Highway 158, in June Lake.

    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. 

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    CLOTHING
    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

    • Socks

    • Gloves and/or mittens

    • Gaiters

    • Sunglasses

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava

    EQUIPMENT

    • Backpack - save space for group gear

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

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

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Ice climbing or mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Ice tools*

    • 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

    • Two tied or sewn runners, 24" to 48"*

    • 16” loop of 4-5mm cord as a prusik*

    • Cordellette or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*

    • Auto locking belay device*

    • Ropes, ice 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. Please contact the event leader.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • This event is for current APEX members only.

    • 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.


    • 02/22/2020
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Carson Pass Sno-Park
    • 3
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    Join MAA members on Round Top for a winter ascent of the West Ridge. This moderate 3rd class ridge route is scenic and popular, going directly to the summit. In winter it is an adventurous route; plan for cold, windy conditions. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Round Top West Ridge, Class 3 scramble, moderately steep snow, possible wind. 3 miles approach, 1,800 feet elevation gain total to summit.

    Route: Climb southwest to the ridge between Round Top and the Sisters. Gain the west ridge and continue to the gash just below the summit. Skirt right and descend to a Class 3 gully on the south side, then climb that to the summit, topping out by noon. Descend the same way and return to the trailhead, depart around 5 pm. 

    Where to meet: Carson Pass Sno-Park trailhead 7:30 am.

    Event Leader: John Vanek

    Minimum / Maximum: 3/8

    What to bring: Layered clothing appropriate for winter climbing including shell layers, snowshoes, mountain boots, ice axe, helmet, gaiters, 30 - 50 liter backpack, trekking poles, 10 essentials. 

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

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

    Additional Info: There is a mandatory Sno-Park pass fee of $5 per day to park here, or $25 season pass.

    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.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • 02/22/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 8914 Highview Drive, in Tahoe
    • 7
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    Join MAA members at Rubicon Peak in Tahoe for some amazing backcountry skiing. This is one of the most accessible and popular skiing destinations on the west shore, with a variety of terrain and incredible views of Lake Tahoe. Current Avalanche 1 training and avy gear required to attend. We have room for 8. 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, including evidence of Avy Level 1 and equipment. Those registered will be notified.

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Backcountry skiing on Rubicon Peak, 9,183, laps on bowls and faces with tree cover.
    • Where to meet: 8:00 am at 8914 Highview Dr via CA-89 S.
    • Event Leader: Will Beaubien
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
    • What to bring: Skis, boots, skins, poles, avy beacon, probe, shovel, appropriate winter clothing and layers, lunch, water, pack and sense of adventure!
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

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

    • Additional Info: While winter driving expect storms, carry chains and plan extra time for treacherous conditions.
    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.
    • 02/28/2020
    • 03/05/2020
    • Cody, WY
    • 0
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    Join MAA in Cody for a stellar week of back-country ice climbing. This area is famous for adventurous multi-pitch ice climbing in an amazing mountain setting. We'll operate from a cabin - no camping, just plenty of ice! For those who are experienced ice lead climbers or can follow WI4 and WI5. Loaner gear is available to paid members. Maximum of 6 participants. Recommended ICE 3 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 with instructions to pay the expedition fee.

    DETAILS:

    • DATES: Friday, February 28th to Thursday, March 5th, 2019 (7 days: 2 days for travel and 5 for climbing; leap year, so there is a Feb 29th)
    • LOCATION: Cody, Wyoming, Double XX Diamond Ranch Cabin
    • COST: $678 per participant. This covers accommodations (cabin with kitchen) for 6 nights, airfare or mileage reimbursement to get the ELs and gear to Cody, and MAA operations and gear usage fee ($300)  
    • EVENT LEADERS: Paul Shaughnessy, Frederick Lorenz, Todd Martin
    • MIN / MAX: 3/9
    • REFUNDS: Full refunds are available 90 days before the trip date. Between 30 and 90 days, 50% refunds are possible. Less than 30 days, no refunds will be given.
    • 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.
    • WHAT TO BRING: Warm boots, crampons, ice tools, harness, belay device, eye protection (sunny & cloudy days), biners, slings, any personal lead climbing or anchor building equipment, rope, cold weather clothing, shell layers, multiple socks and gloves, pack, sleeping bag, travel clothes.
    • MEDICAL: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • TRAVEL: Each person is responsible for their travel to the cabin, either driving or flying. This will be coordinated as a group. 
    • LODGING: Cabin is about an hour drive from Cody, and only a short drive from the ice climbing. Cost for the cabin is included in the expedition fee. 

    ITINERARY:

    • Friday, February 28th: Arrive in Cody. Meet and proceed to cabin, check in and prepare for the next 6 days.
    • Saturday, February 29th - Wednesday, March 4th: Climbing multi-pitch back-country ice in teams of 2 or 3, return to the cabin each night, or possibly drive into Cody.  
    • Thursday, March 5th: Clean up, check out and proceed home. 

    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.
    • Travel arrangements are separate. Flights can be arranged to Cody, remember winter time flights into Wyoming 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.

    • 02/28/2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 02/29/2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bishop, CA
    • 1
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    Join MAA members at the Gorge in Bishop for a weekend of top-rope rock climbing. Get away from the ice and snow for a couple of days and enjoy some rad rock climbing. All levels are welcome. Bring your gear and belay skills to climb many of the hundreds of routes at this popular area. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Owens River Gorge top rope crag climbing easy 5th class to 5.9. 
    • Where to meet: Central Parking Area
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3,10
    • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, belay device, locking carabiners, PAS, slings, food, water, jacket, approach shoes, pack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, personal equipment.  
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    
    • Accommodations: There are a number of campsites in the area. Sagebrush, BLM Climber's campground (both east of 395) are possible and likely cheapest.
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    ITINERARY:

    Friday, February 28th: We will meet in the Central Gorge parking lot at 9:00 am. We will focus on Warm Up Wall and Great Wall of China, to begin. Then move to other areas as we see fit, and climb until late afternoon. Based on availability, likely to camp at Sagebrush (primitive/no water) or BLM Climber's Campground east of 395 off Pleasant Valley exit.

    Saturday, February 29th: Break camp, head back to the gorge for another day, climbing until the late afternoon.

    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.

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


    • 02/29/2020
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lee Vining, Ca
    • 0
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    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.

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    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
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Carson Pass Sno-Park
    • 6
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    Join MAA members on Round Top to climb the exciting North Ridge. This moderate mixed snow and rock ridge route is dramatic and scenic, going directly to the summit. Proficiency climbing steep snow / alpine ice in a rope team is required (Snow 3 and 4). 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. Those registered will be notified by email. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Round Top North Ridge, Class 4, steep snow and alpine ice. 3 mile approach (to base of route at Winnemuca Lake), 1,800 feet total elevation gain to summit. Walk off the west ridge.
    • Where to meet: Carson Pass Sno-Park trailhead 7:00 am.
    • Event Leader: John Vanek
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3/6
    • What to bring: Mountain boots, crampons, mountain axe and second tool, harness, belay device, prusik, 48" sling or runner, PAS, 3 locking carabiners, layered clothing, climbing pack, trekking poles, snowshoes or skis, food, water, personal items, 10 essentials. 
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.

    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.    
    • Additional Info: There is a mandatory Sno-Park pass fee of $5 per day to park here, or $25 season pass.

    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.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • 03/02/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 97
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    APEX Members Conference Call

    All current Apex members are invited to join the MAA President online in an open format video conference call. We'll discuss our current and future events, visit relevant topics, and answer any questions you may have about anything relevant to MAA. This call joins the online training call, immediately following. Hope you'll join us!

    Details:

    • When you register the call-in information will be sent in the registration confirmation email 
    • Calls typically last about 15 minutes, and are exclusively for Apex members
    • You can join with a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • We may share images, maps and route descriptions so having the ability to see presented items is recommended.
    • You are not required to send live video of yourself - that is optional.

    • 03/02/2020
    • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 93
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    Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on SNOW 1, SNOW 2, SNOW 3, and SNOW 4. Everyone is invited to join in this interactive 45 minute discussion and Q & A session. The training video presentations will be briefly reviewed. To get the most out of the session and be best prepared to participate please view the training videos prior.

    DATE: March 2nd, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    TO REGISTER:

    TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

    • SNOW 1 - Full day of orientation for snow climbing. Safety, snow and ice climbing clothing and gear, assessing snow and avalanche conditions, digging a snow pit, fitting crampons and ice axe, breaking trail in a team, easy unroped climbing and downclimbing practice on snow slopes, with and without crampons.
    • SNOW 2 - Steeper snow climbing and safety. Self-belay, extensive practice of all four positions of self arrest, in both hands, with and without crampons, steeper downclimbing, spotting, and short belay.
    • SNOW 3 - Comprehensive protection and anchors instruction. Orientation to snow and ice lead climbing, care and use of ropes, placing and assessing natural and artificial snow and ice anchors, multi-directional anchors, multi-point anchors, SRENE, equalization, v-angle, snow seats, belay options, team running belay, and team self-arrest practice.
    • SNOW 4 - Snow and alpine ice lead climbing practice and alpine ice climbing technique. Assessing snow and ice conditions, choosing route, flaking rope, racking gear, climbing with two tools, lead belaying, belaying a second, clipping, running belay review, and climbing in teams of three or four.

    SESSION INFORMATION:

    • Call in details will be sent in a confirmation email upon registration
    • To view all MAA training courses and disciplines, please reference this document
    • 03/07/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mt. Rose Trailhead
    • 5
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    RELAY PEAK SNOWSHOE HIKE: All levels welcome on this snowshoe hike to to Relay Peak overlooking Lake Tahoe from the Mt. Rose Trailhead. This peak is in NE corner of Tahoe and has great views of Reno and the Tahoe backcountry. Some previous hiking experience recommended. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • Route: Out/back is 9.4 miles round-trip with 1,515 ft of elevation gain.

    • Where to meet: 8:00 am. We will meet at the Mt. Rose Trailhead Parking lot (at the summit of the Mt. Rose Highway). From Sacramento - Take HWY 80 to Truckee and take the HWY 267 south exit. At Kings Beach, turn left onto HWY 28 (East towards Reno). At the roundabout, follow signs for Reno onto HWY 431 until you reach the summit pass. You will see the Mt. Rose Trail Head on the left (large parking area with a restroom building). From Reno: Take the Mt. Rose Highway (431) to the summit pass. Trailhead will be on the right.
    • Event Leader: Sean Martin sw_martin@live.com | (530) 306-7449
    • Minimum / Maximum: 2/8

    • Skills requirements: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should be able to hike for multiple hours, bring winter layers to regulate body temperature, and bring adequate food and water for 6 to 7 hours of hiking.

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

    ITINERARY

    We will meet at the Mt. Rose Trailhead at 8:00 am. From there we will do quick introductions and then hit the trail. It’s a gradual ascent up the fireroad and we will take periodic breaks to shed layers, hydrate, and have snacks before reaching the summit of Relay Peak. Depending on the weather, we will have our pack lunch at the summit and then return to the trailhead. From there, depending on the groups timeline we can head into Reno or Incline for a group celebratory lunch/early dinner and head out from there.

    WHAT TO BRING

    Members receive a continuous discount at Bobcat's 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, top and bottom

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

    • Socks

    • Gloves and/or mittens

    • Gaiters

    • Sunglasses

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava

    • Sun hat or covering

    EQUIPMENT

    • Backpack*

    • Snowshoes*

    • Trekking poles with snow baskets*

    • Waterproof hiking boots (be sure these are already broken in)

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Map and compass

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

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

    *If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve (full members only).

    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.
    • 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.

    • 03/10/2020
    • 5:00 AM
    • 03/14/2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
    • 0
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    Join MAA APEX members for a winter expedition on Mt. Whitney and ice climbing training at Thor Falls. Our expedition goals are three fold; 1. a winter ascent of Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineers Route and/or 2. to learn and climb the fun, high-altitude water ice at Thor Falls, and at the very least 3. to enjoy rock climbing at Alabama Hills, which can be done in almost any weather. This is all weather dependent - but we are going to climb something! For APEX members only - please upgrade as a renewal here. ICE 1 and MTN 2 training also provided. Prior experience climbing steep snow and winter camping required. Either skis or snowshoes are required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. $172 expedition fee required to confirm reservation. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: This event is for APEX Members only. Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified, please pay the hostel fee to confirm. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: 4-day winter ascent climbing between 6,000' - 9,000' total elevation depending upon how far we can drive up the road. Ice climbing WI2-WI3, steep snow climbing, winter rock climbing up to Class 4, multi-day winter camping, snowshoeing or skiing. Possibly desert rock climbing.
    • Where to meet: Whitney Portal Hostel, 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 10th.
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt, (916) 872-3399
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,10
    • Required Skills and Fitness: run the gamut but the most important are solid working ability to camp for multiple days in freezing and stormy weather and winter mountaineering (MTN 2) ice climbing (ICE 1) and strong fitness to handle a potentially HUGE amount of elevation gain, climbing 9,000' from the valley all the way to the summit of Whitney in deep snow while carrying a heavy pack over the course of 2 - 3 days. 
    • Shared Group Cost: $172. This covers the hostel bed at Lone Pine, a portion of the volunteer event leader mileage for gear transport, and a portion of the mandatory operations fee for gear wear and tear. 
    • Payment Due: February 9th. If payment is not received by the deadline then a registrant will be moved back to the waitlist.
    • Refunds: Full refunds can be issued 90 days from the trip date. Between 30 and 90 days, only 50% refunds are possible. Closer than 30 days no refund is possible.
    • 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. Belay device, prusik, 2 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners, 2 runners, harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, pair of ice tools, mountain axe, food for 3 nights / 4 days, waterbottles with insulating sleeve, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, 2 sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snowshoes or skis, snow shovel. Rock shoes just in case the weather is really bad! Technical equipment such as rope, rock and snow protection, and stove, pots, fuel and tents may be supplied by MAA. Bring what you have of these items and we'll select the group gear. Leave about 10 liters of space and up to 10 lbs for group gear. 
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Accommodations: Whitney Portal Hostel beds will be reserved by MAA. 
    • Additional: The entire itinerary is very dependent upon conditions and weather. Chief of these is avalanche danger. This will be assessed on the MR route and at other places in the canyon. If determined to be unsafe, we will not proceed. Temperatures, storms, wind and the resulting visibility will determine how far we get up the Whitney Massif. This is why the itinerary is so flexible.

    ITINERARY:

    • PRIOR: Expedition Conference Call and logistics, in February 2020, TBD
    • DAY 1, Tuesday, March 10th: Meet and greet in Lone Pine at the Whitney Portal Hostel in the evening. Check in is between 3:00 and 8:00 pm. Decide on a plan, sort gear and make preparations.  We'll catch dinner in town around 6:30. Team planning and logistics at 8:00 pm. If the weather is completely uncooperative we will climb rock at Alabama Hills while we wait for better conditions.
    • DAY 2, Wednesday, March 11th: Early start, hiking up the Whitney Portal road or driving up as far as we can. Once at the Whitney Portal, we'll take the regular trail to the Lone Pine Creek junction. Go up Lone Pine Creek trail to Ebersbacher Ledges (or if winter route is possible, stay in the creek bottom) and continue to Lower Boy Scout Lake (LBS). Establish camp in the trees there near water. Total elevation gain approx. 6,500' from the valley. LBS lake elevation approx 10,500.
    • DAY 3 and 4, Thursday March 12 & Friday March 13th: a winter ascent of Mt. Whitney MR route, or Mt. Thor or Mt. Carillon or ice climbing at Thor Falls between LBS and UBS lake, all dependent upon exact team assembled, avalanche conditions and weather. 
    • DAY 5, Saturday, March 14th: Return to the trailhead. Or contingency for bad weather.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be an Apex member.
    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
    • 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.
    • 03/14/2020
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lee Vining, Ca
    • 0
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    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: John Vanek

    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.

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    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.
    • 03/14/2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03/15/2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Bridgeport, CA
    • 0
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    Join MAA on a winter ascent of Matterhorn Peak. This sharp granite peak is the king of the Sawtooth Range featuring a long couloir that leads to the summit spine. Proficiency in winter camping and climbing is required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Matterhorn Peak, 12,279, East Couloir route, Class 3, snow up to 45 degrees. Multi-day ascent, winter camping, off trail navigation. TH is at Twin Lakes at 7,000'. Approach is about 4 miles and gains about 3,000'.  Will push higher if possible.  
    • Map here
    • Where to meet: At the entrance to Annette's Mono Village Resort at 8:00 a.m. near Bridgeport Ca. Take the Twin Lakes road to the end. 
    • Event Leader: Doug Harris
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4/8
    • 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, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, ice axe, food for 2 nights / 3 days, waterbottles with insulating sleeve, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snowshoes or skis, snow shovel. Equipment such as stove, pots, fuel and tents may be supplied by MAA. Bring what you have of these items and we'll select the group gear. Leave about 10 liters of space and up to 5 lbs for group gear. 
    • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: We'll be parking on the road outside the resort if the gates are not open. If we park in the resort, there may be a $10 fee.

    ITINERARY:

    • DAY 1: Saturday March 14th - Meet at the entrance to Annette's Mono Village Resort at the end of Twin Lakes Road in Bridgeport, CA. Take care of gear, logistics. Walk to the TH and make the approx. 5 mile approach on snowshoes or skis, and establish basecamp near the base of Matterhorn Peak at about 10,600.
    • DAY 2: Sunday, March 15th - With an early start, ascend snow up the East Couloir to the summit spine, then scramble Class 3 rock to the summit. Descend to take down camp and return to the trailhead.

    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.
    • 03/15/2020
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lee Vining, Ca
    • 0
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    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: John Vanek

    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.

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    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.
    • 03/16/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Flaming Grill Cafe 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150 (Inside Country Club Plaza) Sacramento, CA 95825
    • 18
    Register

    Join us for a presentation on "Ski Mountaineering." Everyone is invited for a bite to eat and interactive multimedia presentation at the Flaming Grill Cafe near our retail partner Bobcat's Adventure Sports in Sacramento. The presentation is for skiers or mountaineers that want to know how to combine these two very complimentary activities! We'll get into the skills, gear, and information you need to get started with using skis to climb and/or descend mountains this spring. Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions! Maximum 40, pre-registration only, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.

    DETAILS

    • Please register to attend - we have room for only 40 MAA members.
    • FREE for Apex members, $10 for Base members and $20 for Associate members - you can become an MAA member here.
    • Please order before 8:30 pm, presentation will start about 8:45 and end about 9:30 pm.
    • At the Flaming Grill Cafe in the Country Club Plaza, located at 2380 Watt Avenue, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95825
    • Bobcat's Adventure Sports will be open before and after the event to check out gear, rentals and purchase!
    • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document


    • 03/28/2020
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Truckee, CA
    • 0
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    Join MAA members on a classic Tahoe snow climb and SNOW 2 training on the Northeast Ridge of Donner Peak. This climb presents the opportunity to practice your SNOW 2 self arrest skills and also summit a scenic rocky peak in winter.  Recommended for those with SNOW 1 training, or equivalent prior experience. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Climbing moderate snow and SNOW 2 self-arrest practice on the northeast ridge of Donner Peak, elev. 7,056, near Truckee, CA. Approx. 1,500' elevation gain.

    Where to meet: 7:00 am. Parking lot at the Donner Lake overlook curved bridge, just below Donner Summit. Exit 174 from I-80.

    Event Leader: Darren Shutt 916-872-3399

    Minimum / Maximum: 4,10

    What to bring: Mountain axe, crampons, mountaineering boots, helmet backpack, lunch, water, trekking poles, winter clothing, waterproof, warm layers and storm layers, headlamp.

    Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.    

    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. 

    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.