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    • 01/06/2023
    • 7:00 AM
    • 01/07/2023
    • 5:30 PM
    • June Lake, Ca
    • 0
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    Join us in June Lake for top rope ice climbing and winter mountaineering training! This event is a combined cragging event with ICE 1, ICE 2, and an overnight MTN 2 training component. You may attend one or both days. Depending upon conditions, we'll climb at Horsetail Falls, the North Gully, or Tatum Falls. The MTN 2 component is available for anyone who'd like to snow camp the night of Friday the 20th. Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, and prior experience winter camping is recommended. Participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Ice cragging and ICE 1 and ICE 2 training at Horsetail Falls or assorted nearby crags, in June Lake, using top rope belays and mock lead climbing, potential multi-pitch on WI2. MTN 2 winter mountaineering training component available for those who camp overnight. Horsetail Falls has a steep 1.5 mile approach, use of a short fixed line and a possible treacherous stream crossing. One or both days are possible with this RSVP - please designate your itinerary when registering.
    • Where to meet: At the barriers at the end of the Hwy 158, near the power plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.
    • Volunteer Event Leader: Darren Shutt, 916-872-3399
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3,6
    • What to bring: Warm mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, ice tools, snowshoes or skis, harness, helmet, belay device, warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, puffy, food, 2 liters of water, large pack, trekking poles. If camping please bring winter mountaineering equipment such as 4-season tent, below freezing rated sleeping bag, 2 pads, stove, headlamp, etc. Crampons, ice tools, tent, snowshoes, and some camping gear may be provided by MAA upon request, first come first serve. MAA will provide ropes and technical ice climbing equipment.
    • 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.

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1 - Friday, January 6th: Please arrive at the trailhead at 7:00 am. Meet and greet, gear up, logistics. We will proceed up to the mountain to make a winter camp. Late morning, we'll start ice climbing and training on Horsetail Falls or other nearby crag until dark. Return to camp for the night.

    Day 2 - Saturday, January 7th: Darren and a few folks will descend the hill to meet any other attendees at the trailhead at 7:00 am. We'll escort everyone back to the crags, then continue ice climbing until about 3:30 or so. Pack up camp and head back to the cars, then dinner in town.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but not 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.
    • 02/11/2023
    • 02/19/2023
    • Cody, WY
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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 beautiful log cabin - no camping, just plenty of ice! This event is geared for those who are experienced back-country ice climbers, can lead or follow at the WI4-WI5 level, and can handle 1-3 hour approaches. Loaner gear is available to paid members. Maximum of 6 participants. Recommended ICE 3 or equivalent experience such as the MAA Bozeman ice expedition.

    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: Saturday, February 11th to Sunday, February 19th, 2023 (9 days: 2 days for travel and 7 for climbing)
    • LOCATION: Cody, Wyoming, Double Diamond X Ranch Cabin
    • SHARED COST: $850 per participant. This covers accommodations (cabin with kitchen) for 8 nights, airfare or mileage reimbursement to get the ELs and gear to Cody, and mandatory MAA operations and gear usage fee ($300)  
    • EVENT LEADERS: Paul Shaughnessy, Todd Martin, Kelvin Nguyen
    • 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:

    • Saturday, February 11th: Arrive in Cody. Meet and proceed to cabin, check in and prepare for the next 8 days.
    • Sunday, February 12th - Saturday, February 18th: Climbing multi-pitch back-country ice in teams of 2 or 3, returning to the cabin each night, or possibly driving into Cody one or two evenings for dinner in town.  
    • Sunday, February 19th: Clean up, check out and proceed home. 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Because of the demands of this event it is for Apex level participants only.

    • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

    • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

    • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

    • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

    • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

    • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

    • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training. 

    • 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 darren@mountainascent.org, or (916) 872-3399.



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