Upcoming events

    • 04/19/2019
    • 5:30 AM
    • 04/21/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
    • 0
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    Join MAA members for ice climbing near Mt. Whitney. Let's spend a weekend finishing out the ice climbing season at the fun, high altitude Thor Falls crag. We'll snowshoe up and enjoy a basecamp at Lower Boy Scout Lake. Prior ice climbing and snow camping experience recommended. Loaner gear may be available. 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 their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified, please pay the hostel fee to confirm. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Ice climbing WI2-WI3 on top rope, snowshoeing, multi-day snow camping. Plan to walk all the way up the Whitney Portal road from the valley and continue up the trail and the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek to make camp at Lower Boy Scout Lake 10,000. This is about a 5,500' ascent. 
    • Where to meet: Right outside Lone Pine, take Line Street, and drive until you see the "road closed" sign before you go up the switchbacks to Whitney Portal. Park the dirt lot on the right (in the valley). 
    • Event Leader: Roger Coss, rcoss15@comcast.net, (209) 815-3981
    • 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. Belay device, , 2 locking carabiners, harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, pair or ice tools, food for 2 nights / 3 days, waterbottles with insulating sleeve, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, 2 sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snowshoes, snow shovel. Technical equipment such as rope, ice 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. 
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

    ITINERARY:

    • DAY 1, Friday, April 19th: Early start at 5:30 am. Hiking up the Whitney Portal road. 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. Total elevation gain approx. 5,500' from the valley. LBS lake elevation approx 10,500.
    • DAY 2 Saturday, April 20th: Ice climbing at Thor Falls between LBS and UBS lake, return to basecamp. 
    • DAY 3, Sunday, April 21st: Get in a bit more ice climbing, then return to the trailhead.

    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.
    • 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.
    • 04/20/2019
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Carson Pass, California
    • 4
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    SNOW 4: SNOW AND ALPINE ICE LEAD 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 snow climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

    • Climbing with two tools

    • Climbing in teams of three or four

    • Snow and rock protection review

    • Assessing hazards and mountain conditions

    • Running belay review

    • Choosing the best route

    • Flaking rope and racking gear

    • Lead belaying

    • Belaying a second

    • Clipping the rope

    FOR: All current 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 Carson Pass Trailhead on Hwy 88, near Tahoe, 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. 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, 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

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava

    EQUIPMENT

    • Backpack

    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: trekking poles, camera

    CLIMBING GEAR

    • Mountaineering boots

    • Harness*

    • Climbing helmet*

    • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

    • Mountain axe or technical hybrid axe

    • Ice tool with hammer*

    • 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, 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:

    • 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.


    • 04/20/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Carson Pass Sno-Park
    • 1
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    Join MAA members on Round Top to climb the Crescent Moon Couloir. This moderate snow climb takes a interesting curving line right up the north face of 10,381 Round Top. 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 on highway 88 Carson Pass near Tahoe, climbing the Crescent Moon Colouir, moderate and steep snow. Simul-climbing in teams of 3 or 4, placing intermediate protection. 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 7:30 am.
    • Event Leader: John Vanek and John Scruggs
    • 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 pole(s), food, water, personal items, 10 essentials. 
    • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • Additional Info: Until May 31 there is a mandatory Sno-Park pass fee of $5 per day to park here, or $25 season pass. One-day passes and Season Passes can be purchased online: https://secure.cloudwisesolutions.com/app/products.html

    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.
    • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
    • 04/20/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mt. Rose Trailhead
    • 3
    Register

    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 availalbe. 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: April 20th, 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 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, 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, Peak, 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.

    • 04/20/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Cisco Exit on I-80
    • 7
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    Join MAA members at Signal Peak west of Donner Pass for some scenic backcountry skiing. This is one of the most accessible and popular skiing destinations right off I-80, with a variety of 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 Signal Peak, 7,841, laps on bowls and faces with tree cover.
    • Where to meet: 8:00 am at Eagle Lakes Road Exit 164, off I-80
    • Event Leader: Stephen Moeller
    • 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!
    • 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, 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.
    • 04/20/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Starbucks, 3967 Missouri Flat Rd #100, Placerville, CA 95667
    • 6
    Register

    Join MAA at Consumnes River Gorge for a day of top-rope rock climbing. All levels are welcome. Bring your gear and belay skills for a fun day out at this scenic area. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Consumnes River Gorge near Placerville, Ca. Top rope rock climbing, easy 5th class to 5.9
    • Where to meet: Starbucks, 3967 Missouri Flat Rd #100, Placerville, CA 95667
    • Event Leader: Aaron Howse
    • Minimum / Maximum: Min 2, Max 8
    • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, belay device, food, water, 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.

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


    • 04/21/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 8914 Highview Drive, in Tahoe
    • 4
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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. Directions: 

      1. Head east on Donner Pass Rd toward Meadow Way

      2. Turn right onto CA-89 S

      3. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on CA-89 S

      4. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and stay on CA-89 S

      5. Exit the traffic circle onto CA-89 S

      6. Turn right onto CA-89 S/W Lake Blvd

      7. Turn right onto Scenic Dr

      8. Turn right onto Woodland Dr

      9. Sharp right onto Brook Dr

      10. Turn left onto Crest Dr

      11. Sharp right onto Forestview Dr

      12. Turn left onto Highview Dr

      13. Sharp right onto Highland Dr

      14. Arrive at location: 8914 Highview Dr


    • Event Leader: Stephen Moeller
    • 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!
    • 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, 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.
    • 04/21/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Starbucks, 3967 Missouri Flat Rd #100, Placerville, CA 95667
    • 6
    Register

    Join MAA at Consumnes River Gorge for a day of top-rope rock climbing. All levels are welcome. Bring your gear and belay skills for a fun day out at this scenic area. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Consumnes River Gorge near Placerville, Ca. Top rope rock climbing, easy 5th class to 5.9
    • Where to meet: Starbucks, 3967 Missouri Flat Rd #100, Placerville, CA 95667
    • Event Leader: Aaron Howse
    • Minimum / Maximum: Min 2, Max 8
    • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, belay device, food, water, 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.

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


    • 04/26/2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04/28/2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Mt. Dana, Ca
    • 0
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    Join MAA members at Mt. Dana Couloir for ski mountaineering. This is an ascent and ski descent of couloir with a steep line and a long approach since Hwy 120 will most likely be closed. Avalanche skills required. 

    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:

    • Event Leader: Richard Nguyen (415) 570-7269
    • Location: Dana Couloir is a steep couloir on the south east side of Mount Dana about 500 feet below the summit and is located just outside Yosemite NP on Tioga Road, west of Lee Vining on HWY 395.
    • Route: From Lee Vining, turn west on HWY 120 to the road closure gate about 2 miles up the road.  From there, it is about 8-9 miles up a long, gradual incline to Tioga Lake. From there, we will take the easier trail from the entrance station up the northwest side of Dana to the summit and then drop down to the Couloir. Our descent route will be out through the drainage to Tioga lake and then back down the road.
    • Skills Requirements: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should have advanced skiing skills with the ability to link turns in the fall line in wild snow conditions.  They should be comfortable and in control in advanced terrain (black diamond off-piste ski trail rating). The couloir is steep with other seen and unseen hazards.  All participants must be AIARE Avalanche Level 1 certified and be proficient in snow climbing and winter camping. If anyone requires additional assistance in planning, I will be more than happy to help you prepare for the trip.
    • Min / Max: 3/4
    • 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.
    • Getting There: Take HWY 395 to HWY 120, Tioga Pass, at Lee Vining and turn west.  Park at the road closure gate. Rideshare from Sacramento is available Friday evening, will coordinate further over email.
    • Accommodations and Food: We will be winter camping, and packing in our food and packing out our trash.  Bring food with lots of calories and snacks.   Also have a stove and fuel to melt snow for water.  There might be running water available depending on conditions.
    • Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center: Backcountry travel and awareness of risk should be discussed as part of the planning process for any backcountry ski tour.  Sierra Avalanche Center and Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center provides avalanche advisory for most areas in the Sierra range.   A recorded avalanche advisory is available at (530) 587-3558 x258 and their website contains detailed reports on avalanche problems, observations and weather conditions. http://sierraavalanchecenter.org and http://www.esavalanche.org/
    • Emergencies: Always dial 911.  Mammoth Hospital, 85 Sierra Park Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 (701) 934-3311.  Mono SAR (760) 914-4669.  I have WFA certification and will have an InReach satellite communicator for emergencies (life, limb, eyesight).  Make sure you have fresh batteries for your beacon and know how to use your equipment.

    ITINERARY 

    • Day 0: Friday, April 26th  – I will be at the meet up location Friday evening and camping in the field.
    • Day 1: Saturday, April 27th – We will get started at 8:00 am to organize gear and go over group details, discuss the avalanche forecast, backcountry hazards and complete a beacon safety check.  We will hit the trail around 9:00 am and hopefully be at Tioga Lake before night fall.  We will camp here for the night.
    • Day 2: Sunday, April 28th – After breakfast we will ascend Mount Dana to the summit and then drop down the south side to ski the couloir one at a time watching for changing conditions.  Once down the couloir, we will head down the drainage back to Tioga Lake and then down the road back to the cars.  We will probably grab dinner in Lee Vining before driving home.

    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.


    • 04/26/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Truckee, CA
    • 6
    Register
    Join MAA members for a classic Tahoe area peak hike. Donner Peak is a scenic rocky peak with views of the Donner Pass and Donner Lake area. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Hiking or snowshoeing up the west slopes of Donner Peak, elev. 7,056, near Truckee, CA. Approx. 1,000' gain from Sugarbowl.

    Where to meet: Sugarbowl ski area upper parking lot

    Event Leader: Kimberley Alvarez

    Minimum / Maximum: 3,8

    What to bring: Daypack, lunch, water, trekking poles, snowshoes, wicking layers, storm layers, headlamp.

    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.
      • 04/26/2019
      • 4:00 PM
      • 04/28/2019
      • 10:00 PM
      • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
      • 0
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      Join MAA to climb the Sierra classic East Buttress route on Mt. Whitney. This is one of the best moderate alpine rock routes anywhere. We'll be going early season, expect snow on the route and the approach / descent. Participants will need to be experienced multi-pitch alpine trad leaders. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to three teams. 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! 

      EXPEDITION TRAINING: Confirmed members of the Bugaboos 2019 Expedition team will have priority RSVP on this date.

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Mt. Whitney 14,500' East Buttress route, 5.7, steep snow approach / descent, probably snow on some of the first pitches. We'll be climbing with packs, crampons, mountain axe. 7-9 pitches, approx. 1,000' ascent. 3 days to allow for travel, weather contingency
      • Where to meet: Mt. Whitney campground or town of Lone Pine, TBD. We may collect a registration deposit to secure this ahead of time.
      • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, 916-872-3399, darren@mountainascent.org, and Aaron Howse.
      • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
      • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 4 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, crampons, ice axe, 15-30 liter climbing pack, approach shoes / boots compatible with your crampons, food, water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, trekking pole(s). Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be decided at the trailhead. If you have something you can share please bring it. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • Refund policy: Full refunds allowed outside of 30 days from the event, no refunds possible closer than 30 days.

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1, Friday, April 26th: Meet at Whitney Portal campground in the late afternoon. Logistics. 
      • DAY 2, Saturday, April 27th: Ascend north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to Basecamp at Upper Boy Scout Lake or Iceberg Lake.
      • DAY 3, Sunday, April 28th: Early start, climb route. Descend Mountaineer's route to basecamp, and continue back to trailhead.

      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.
      • 04/26/2019
      • 4:00 PM
      • 04/28/2019
      • 10:00 PM
      • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
      • 0
      Join waitlist
      Join MAA to climb the Sierra classic East Face route on Mt. Whitney. This is moderate alpine rock route wows climbers with the incredible exposure and adventurous traversing. We'll be going early season, expect snow on the route and the approach / descent. Participants will need to be experienced multi-pitch alpine trad leaders. Loaner gear may be available. 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! 

      EXPEDITION TRAINING: Confirmed members of the Bugaboos 2019 Expedition team will have priority RSVP on this date.

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Mt. Whitney 14,500' East Face route, III, 5.7, steep snow approach / descent, snow possible on some of the pitches. We'll be climbing with packs and crampons, axes. Up to 13 pitches, approx. 1,000' ascent. 3 days to allow for travel, weather contingency
      • Where to meet: Mt. Whitney campground or town of Lone Pine, TBD. We may collect a registration deposit to secure this ahead of time.
      • Event Leaders: Kelvin Nguyen, kelvin@mountainascent.org, and Doug Harris
      • Minimum / Maximum: 2,5
      • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 4 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, crampons, ice axe, 15-30 liter climbing pack, approach shoes / boots compatible with your crampons, food, water, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, trekking pole(s). Group gear such as rock protection, ropes, tents, stove, etc. will be decided at the trailhead. If you have something you can share please bring it. 
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • Refund policy: Full refunds allowed outside of 30 days from the event, no refunds possible closer than 30 days.

      ITINERARY:

      • DAY 1, Friday April 26th: Meet at Whitney Portal campground in the late afternoon with the East Buttress team. Logistics. 
      • DAY 2, Saturday, April 27th: Ascend north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to Basecamp at Upper Boy Scout Lake or Iceberg Lake.
      • DAY 3, Sunday, April 28th: Early start, climb route. Descend Mountaineer's route to basecamp, and continue back to trailhead. 

      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.
      • 04/27/2019
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree National Park
      • 6
      Register
      Joshua Tree Climbing! Meet up with other MAA members for some sublime desert rock top roping! Open to all members. Bring your gear and belay skills. We have room for up to 8 people. Hope to have you out with us!

      DETAILS:

      • What's happening: Top rope rock climbing at Joshua Tree NP. Exact crag will be determined that morning.
      • Where to meet: Intersection Rock near Hidden Valley CG
      • Event Leader: Cory Knott
      • Minimum / Maximum: 2/8
      • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, approach shoes, belay device, locking carabiners, jacket, water, lunch.
      • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
      • Where to stay: Accommodations are self-arranged, recommended Ryan Rocks CG, Hidden Valley CG, Indian Cove CG, Black Rock CG, or BLM land, or in the town of Joshua Tree / Twenty Nine Palms.

      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.
      • 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.
        • 04/28/2019
        • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree National Park
        • 6
        Register
        Joshua Tree Climbing! Meet up with other MAA members for some sublime desert rock top roping! Open to all members. Bring your gear and belay skills. We have room for up to 8 people. Hope to have you out with us!

        DETAILS:

        • What's happening: Top rope rock climbing at Joshua Tree NP. Exact crag will be determined that morning.
        • Where to meet: Intersection Rock near Hidden Valley CG
        • Event Leader: Cory Knott
        • Minimum / Maximum: 2/8
        • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, approach shoes, belay device, locking carabiners, jacket, water, lunch.
        • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
        • Where to stay: Accommodations are self-arranged, recommended Ryan Rocks CG, Hidden Valley CG, Indian Cove CG, Black Rock CG, or BLM land, or in the town of Joshua Tree / Twenty Nine Palms.

        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.
        • 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.
          • 04/28/2019
          • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
          • Santa Monica Mountains
          • 5
          Register

          Join MAA at Corpse Wall in So Cal for a day of top-rope rock climbing. All levels are welcome. Bring your gear and belay skills for a fun spring day out at this scenic area. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

          DETAILS:

          • What's happening: Top rope crag climbing on Corpse Wall, easy 5th class to 5.9. This is a north facing sandstone and conglomerate bolted sport crag with some trad routes. 23 routes from which to choose.
          • Where to meet: Corpse Wall is near the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains. Park at the intersection of Stunt Road, Saddle Peak Road and Schueren Road hike up the Backbone trail to the west (towards water tower). The slabs are an obvious formation approximately 3/4 mile up the trail. The trail climbs for the first 1/2 mile and then descends slightly to the climbs - main wall to the left of the trail. 
          • Event Leader: Adam Venker
          • Minimum / Maximum: Min 2, Max 8
          • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, belay device, food, water, 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.

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


          • 04/30/2019
          • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
          • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
          • 94
          Register

          Join a nationally certified MAA instructor for a live training con call. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion and Q & A on that week's topic. Please come prepared with having watched the corresponding online training videos. 

          DETAILS

          • This training will discuss the knowledge and skills in SNOW 3 and SNOW 4
          • The call lasts about 30 minutes, from 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
          • Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions!
          • For more information on the proposed annual schedule of training events, please see this document
          • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document



          • 05/01/2019
          • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
          • Donner Summit
          • 3
          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. We'll be climbing at Green Phantom, right there at the bridge. 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 at Green Phantom on 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: 8:30 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: Colleen Schemrich

          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.
          • 05/03/2019
          • 7:00 AM
          • 05/05/2019
          • 8:00 PM
          • Mt. Shasta, Ca
          • 0
          Join waitlist

          Join MAA on Mt. Shasta for an ascent of the scenic West Face route. This route is equal to the Avy Gulch route without all the crowds. We'll climb the route over two days, with a contingency day built in. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8 members. 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: West Face route, from Bunny Flat 6,800'. to summit 14,179'. Moderate snow, 45 degrees max.
          • Where to meet: Bunny Flat parking area, 7:00 am
          • Event Leader: John Scruggs, (510) 219-2397 and Sean Martin
          • 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, headlamp, sunglasses, goggles, gaiters. Harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe with leash or runner to connect to harness, food for 2 nights / 3 days, waterbottles, spoon, cup, warm sleeping bag, 2 sleeping pads, trekking pole(s), snow shovel. Stove, pots, fuel and tents may be supplied by MAA. Bring what you have of these items and we'll select the group gear. Plan for about 10 liters of space and up to 10 lbs for group gear.
          • Fees / Regulations: There is a fee to climb, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags provided. Both can be handled at the trailhead. Please see info here.
          • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
          • Additional Info: Event may be altered or cancelled by weather, even at short notice. 

          ITINERARY:

          • DAY 1. May 3rd: Meet at Bunny Flat at 8:00 am. Sort gear, make plans, pack. Head toward Horse Camp, after 2 miles take left branch into Hidden Valley. Continue around the base of the mountain another 1.5 miles and set up camp, approx. 9,200. 
          • DAY 2. May 4th: With an early start, ascend straight up the West Face Gully, keeping Casaval Ridge on the right, and veering slightly left until topping out at the base of Misery Hill. Continue up with Whitney Glacier on the left until reaching the upper plateau. Cross the flats and ascend the summit castle. Descend the same route.
          • DAY 3. May 5th: Break camp or head home. Or contingency date for weather. 
          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.


          • 05/03/2019
          • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
          • Carson Pass, California
          • 0
          Join waitlist

          SNOW 3: SNOW AND ICE CLIMBING PROTECTION AND 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 advanced level snow climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

          • Placing and assessing natural and artificial anchors
          • Multi-directional anchors
          • Multi-point anchors
          • Orientation to lead climbing
          • Team running belay
          • Team self-arrest
          • Rope usage and care
          • SRENE
          • Equalization
          • V-angle
          • Snow seats
          • Belay options

          FOR: All current 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 Carson Pass Trailhead on Hwy 88, near Tahoe, 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. 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, 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

          • Warm hat and/or balaclava

          EQUIPMENT

          • Backpack

          • High energy food, snacks and drinks

          • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

          • Sunscreen

          • Small personal first aid kit

          • Optional items for consideration: trekking poles, camera

          CLIMBING GEAR

          • Mountaineering boots

          • Harness*

          • Climbing helmet*

          • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

          • Mountain axe or technical hybrid axe

          • Ice tool with hammer*

          • 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, 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:

          • 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.


          • 05/04/2019
          • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
          • Carson Pass, California
          • 0
          Join waitlist

          SNOW 4: SNOW AND ALPINE ICE LEAD 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 snow climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

          • Climbing with two tools

          • Climbing in teams of three or four

          • Snow and rock protection review

          • Assessing hazards and mountain conditions

          • Running belay review

          • Choosing the best route

          • Flaking rope and racking gear

          • Lead belaying

          • Belaying a second

          • Clipping the rope

          FOR: All current 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 Carson Pass Trailhead on Hwy 88, near Tahoe, 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. 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, 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

          • Warm hat and/or balaclava

          EQUIPMENT

          • Backpack

          • High energy food, snacks and drinks

          • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

          • Sunscreen

          • Small personal first aid kit

          • Optional items for consideration: trekking poles, camera

          CLIMBING GEAR

          • Mountaineering boots

          • Harness*

          • Climbing helmet*

          • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

          • Mountain axe or technical hybrid axe

          • Ice tool with hammer*

          • 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, 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:

          • 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.


          • 05/07/2019
          • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
          • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
          • 96
          Register

          Join a nationally certified MAA instructor live online for a conference call. Everyone is invited to join in the 30 minute discussion and Q & A on the topic. The training presentation will be briefly reviewed. If you are a paid member please view the corresponding online training videos prior. 

          DETAILS

          • This training discussion will review and answer questions about the knowledge and skills in MTN 3 - please watch the training video beforehand.
          • Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions!
          • For more information on the proposed annual schedule of training events, please see this document
          • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document



          • 05/10/2019
          • 8:00 AM
          • 05/11/2019
          • 6:00 PM
          • Bassett Station, California
          • 0
          Join waitlist

          MTN 3: EXPEDITION MOUNTAINEERING 2-day 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 mountaineer and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

          • Bivouacking in snow

          • "Light and fast" climbing tips, gear and principles

          • Technical peak circumnavigation or ascent
          • Using GPS, and a review all prior navigation techniques
          • Expedition planning, training, and climbing
          • Climbing in running belay or fixed lines
          • Altitude considerations
          • Acclimatization

          • Advanced navigation on glaciers, and in adverse conditions

          • Mountain weather

          • Medical skills

          • Expedition behavior

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

          DURATION: 34 hours

          MEET: Bassett Station, Hwy 49, west of Sierraville, 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. 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, top and bottom

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

          • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

          • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

          • 2 pair of warm socks

          • Gloves

          • Gaiters

          • Sunglasses

          • Warm hat and/or balaclava

          • Sun hat or covering

          EQUIPMENT

          • Waterproof bivouac sack*

          • 45 - 75 liter backpack - save space for group gear

          • Cookset - may be group gear

          • Stove and fuel - may be group gear

          • Sleeping bag, rated to freezing, with compression stuffsack

          • High energy food, snacks and drinks

          • Compact sleeping pad

          • Spoon, mug

          • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system, 2 liters minimum total capacity

          • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

          • Compass with adjustable declination

          • Sunscreen

          • Small personal first aid kit

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

          CLIMBING GEAR

          • Mountaineering boots or hiking boots

          • Harness*

          • Climbing helmet*

          • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

          • Ice axe*

          • Second tool w/hammer*

          • Double length (48") sewn runner or PAS*

          • 2 locking carabiners*

          • Prusik cord*

          • Any snow or rock protection, ropes or appropriate 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:

          • You must be a Base, Peak or Apex Member to attend MAA events.

          • 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.

          • 05/14/2019
          • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
          • WebEx Online Video Conference Call
          • 93
          Register

          Join a nationally certified MAA instructor live online for a video conference call. Everyone is invited to join in the 30 minute discussion and Q & A on the topic. The training presentation will be briefly reviewed. If you are a paid member please view the corresponding online training videos prior. 

          DETAILS

          • This training discussion will review and answer questions about the knowledge and skills in ICE-R Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue (formerly SIG 3.4) - please watch the training video beforehand.
          • Everyone is invited to attend and bring your experience, thoughts and questions!
          • For more information on the proposed annual schedule of training events, please see this document
          • For more information on MAA training and disciplines, please see this document



          • 05/14/2019
          • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • Online
          Register

          The Monthly Event Leader Conference of the Mountain Ascent Association will be held the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30 - 9:30 pm. The meeting will be held online and a link to the call will be sent in the confirmation email (see below). All ELs are requested to attend, guests are welcome. Call will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

          • 05/15/2019
          • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
          • Donner Summit
          • 5
          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. We'll be climbing at Green Phantom, right there at the bridge. 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 at Green Phantom on 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: 8:30 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: Colleen Schemrich

          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.
          • 05/17/2019
          • 9:00 AM
          • 05/18/2019
          • 10:00 PM
          • 0
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          Join MAA on Lone Pine Peak to climb the long and stunning North Ridge. This is an adventurous ridge climb with a commanding view of the Owens Valley and the Whitney area. Proficiency at multi-pitch alpine rock climbing required. 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. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

          DETAILS:

          • What's happening: Lone Pine Peak 12,944', North Ridge III, 5.5. In early season we may be dealing with some snow. Even though it is an easy climb, the length, routefinding, and altitude make it a long and strenuous climb. Those attempting need to be in excellent shape and comfortable moving quickly without protection while scrambling with a pack at altitude. It is imperative that the route is climbed quickly, so most of the time we'll be using a running belay. There is also a few pitches to lead traditionally, and some 3rd class and 4th class downclimbing. Some parties have reported lead climbing that feels like 5.7, with exposure. 
          • Where to meet: 9:00 am Lone Pine location, TBD
          • Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399 and Doug Harris
          • Minimum / Maximum: 1-4
          • What to bring: Rock shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, three locking carabiners, PAS, cordellette, prusik, 2 runners, 2 non-locking carabiners, climbing pack, bivy, approach shoes / mountain boots, headlamp, sunglasses, personal items, layers, storm shell, map and compass, food, water, sleeping bag, pad, tent. We'll probably bring just one tent for the team.
          • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

          ITINERARY:

          • DAY 1, Friday May 17th: Meet in Lone Pine and hike up to the base of the North Ridge climb. Set up camp and prepare for the climb.
          • DAY 2, Saturday May 18th: With a pre-dawn start and carrying light bivy packs, climb the north ridge to the summit, then descend back to the cars. The climb may take from 8-12 hours. The descent will take 4-5 hours. We will be returning in the dark. 

          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.
          • 05/17/2019
          • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
          • Truckee, CA
          • 7
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          Join MAA members for a scenic snowshoe hike. The Castle Peak and Basin Peak area is also home to the Peter Grubb Hut, our destination for the day. Come enjoy the alpine air and scenery with a warm fire at the end! Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

          DETAILS:

          What's happening: Hiking or snowshoeing to Peter Grubb from near Boreal Ski area on I-80, near Truckee, CA. Approximately 3 miles each way, 500 feet elevation gain, mostly packed trail.

          Where to meet: Boreal Ski Area parking lot

          Event Leader: Kimberley Alvarez

          Minimum / Maximum: 3,8

          What to bring: Daypack, lunch, water, trekking poles, snowshoes, wicking layers, storm layers, headlamp.

          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.
            • 05/18/2019
            • 6:00 AM
            • 05/19/2019
            • 7:00 PM
            • Inyo National Forest
            • 0
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            Join MAA for a spring ascent of Sierra giant Mount Keith along the eastern edge of Sequoia National Park. This event features an aesthetic couloir climb on a "near 14er" in the seldom visited Shepherd Pass region. Overnight snow camping, SNOW 2, MTN 1 or equivalent snow climbing skills required along with excellent fitness. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

            DETAILS:

            • What's happening: Climb Mt. Keith (13,977') via the south side couloir. Snow climb with class 2-3 scramble along the way and near the top. Base camp will be at the beautiful Anvil Camp.  
            • Where to meet: Chevron at 130 S Edwards St, Independence, CA 93526, 6:00 am.
            • Event Leaders: Mihai Giurgiulescu and Kevin Koenig
            • Minimum / Maximum: 4/6
            • What to bring: Mountaineering boots, crampons fit to boots, ice axe, helmet, snowshoes, backpack (40-55L), 4-season tent or bivouac, stove, fuel, food for 2 days, sleeping bag, pad, trekking poles, appropriate layers (insulating, wind and waterproof), down jacket, gloves, gaiters, warm hat or balaclava, sun hat or covering, sunglasses or glacier glasses, map, compass, bowl, spoon, personal items. Some items will be shared between participants and will be selected at the trailhead. 
            • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
            Additional Info:
            • The Event Leaders will procure the required wilderness permits for this area of Inyo National Forest.
            • The several stream crossings near the beginning of the route could be challenging due to high snowmelt at this time of the year. Water shoes and trekking poles are a must, and team members will be expected to help each other as needed.