Upcoming events

    • 01/27/2020
    • (PST)
    • 12/28/2020
    • (PST)
    • 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. 

    • 02/10/2020
    • (PST)
    • 12/14/2020
    • (PST)
    • 11 sessions
    • Online

    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!

    • 06/12/2020
    • 6:00 AM (PDT)
    • 06/14/2020
    • 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • White Moutain Ranger Station in Bishop, CA
    • 0


    In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly.

    Join MAA on North Palisade to climb the forever classic U-Notch Couloir. Widely regarded as one of the most interesting alpine routes anywhere, with a combination of ice, rock and scrambling that culminates in the summit of this popular California Fourteener. Prior experience climbing steep snow, alpine ice and multi-pitch rock climbing required (ICE 2, SNOW 4, ROCK 6). 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 their MAA profile. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: North Palisade 14,242' via the U-Notch Couloir route, AI2, 5.4, three days, 12 miles trail travel each way. Ascent will take between 14-20 hours.
    • Where to meet: White Mountain USFS Ranger Station in Bishop, CA
    • Event Leader: Doug Harris
    • Minimum / Maximum: 2,6
    • Skills Requirements: Participants should be experienced in and know how to climb 60 degree alpine ice with two tools, climb mid-fifth class rock in mountaineering boots, belay, tie in, rappell and clean ice and rock protection, as well as standard backcountry and mountain travel and camping. 
    • What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, a pair of ice tools, harness, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, 2 slings, prusik, PAS, helmet, base layers, mid layers, shell layers, 2 pair socks, lightweight gloves, 30 - 55 liter climbing pack, sleeping bag, tent, food for 3 days, 2 liter water carrying capacity, trekking poles, gaiters, map, compass, strong headlamp with extra batteries, lightweight emergency bivy. MAA may supply some or all of the group technical equipment, ropes, tents, stoves, and fuel.
    • 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.

    ITINERARY:

    • DAY 1 - Friday, June 12th: We need to get walk up permits, so meet early at the White Mountain Ranger station in Bishop. Once we've got those we'll drive down to Big Pine and up to the trailhead. Logistics, gear, review route to basecamp. Hike approx. 6 miles to basecamp below the Palisade Glacier.
    • DAY 2 - June 13th: With a pre-dawn start, ascend to and traverse the Palisade Glacier to the bottom of the U-Notch. Rope up and climb the bergschrund and then many pitches of alpine ice to the col, then a few pitches of easy fifth class rock to the summit ridge, to the summit. Descend the entire route by downclimbing and rappelling.
    • DAY 3 - June 14th: Break camp and head home.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

    • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

    • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

    • 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. 


    • 07/06/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM (PDT)
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 99
    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.

    • 07/06/2020
    • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 98
    Register

    Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on ROCK 1, 2 & 3. 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: July 6th, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    TO REGISTER:

    TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

    • ROCK 1: Full day orientation and instruction in basic rock climbing. Safety, commands, knots, tying in, climbing gear, fitting, belaying methods and technique, easy scrambling practice, spotting, foundational footwork, handholds and body position, lowering, slab climbing, crack climbing and face climbing technique and practice.
    • ROCK 2: Full day of next-level climbing technique, with introduction to rappelling. Review knots, continue belay technique, anchoring the belayer, in-depth face and crack climbing technique, coaching each participant on advanced techniques, and instruction on rappelling with a back-up system.
    • ROCK 3: Full day introduction to sport lead climbing. Instruction and practice building a bolted top-rope belay anchor, bolt assessment, racking draws, flaking rope, lead belaying, catching a lead fall, placing draws on lead, clipping the rope, resting on lead, falling on lead, and cleaning the anchor. Simulated and full sport lead climbing practice. 

    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
    • 08/03/2020
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 08/06/2020
    • 10:00 PM (PDT)
    • Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, CA
    • 0

    In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly.

    Join MAA to climb the stellar East Buttress route on Mt. Whitney. This is one of the best moderate alpine rock routes anywhere. Participants will need to be experienced multi-pitch alpine trad leaders. We'll take 2 days to acclimatize so we're strong on summit day. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to two teams of three. 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: Mt. Whitney 14,500' East Buttress route, 5.7. We'll be climbing with packs, crampons, mountain axe. Hard snow on the Mountaineers route on the descent. 7-9 pitches, approx. 1,000' ascent. 3 days to allow for travel, weather contingency
    • Where to meet: Whitney Portal trailhead, west of town of Lone Pine.
    • Event Leaders: Darren Shutt, darren@mountainascent.org
    • Minimum / Maximum: 3,6
    • What to bring: Rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, slings, cordelette, prusik, lightweight 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. 
    • 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.

    ITINERARY:

    • DAY 1 - Monday, August 3rd: Meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Center in Lone Pine at 8:00 a.m. to see how many walk-up permits we can acquire. Based on that outcome, between one and six people will drive up to Whitney Portal at 9:00 am, review logistics. Ascend the north fork of Lone Pine creek trail to establish MAA basecamp at Lower Boy Scout Lake. Review multi-pitch climbing techniques.
    • DAY 2, Tuesday, August 4th: Up to six more people meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Center in Lone Pine at 8:00 am. These teams will meet up at Whitney Portal at 9:00 am, review logisitics, then ascend to Iceberg Lake, set camp. The Monday team will also ascent to Iceberg Lake. All teams will rest, continue acclimatizing. 
    • DAY 3, Wednesday, August 5th: Start route at first light, climbing from 13,500 to the summit, topping out by early afternoon. Descend Mountaineer's route back to basecamp. Woohoo!
    • DAY 4, Thursday, August 6th: Break camp, descend all the way back to trailhead, drive home.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.
    • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 
    • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.
    • 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. 


    • 08/17/2020
    • 7:00 AM (PDT)
    • 08/22/2020
    • 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Big Pine, CA
    • 0

    In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly.

    Join MAA members to climb the Palisade Classics: North Pal, Polemonium, Sill, Starlight and Thunderbolt. Considered the "throneroom of the alpine gods" the Palisades is the most densely packed array of alpine ice and rock routes in the Sierra. We'll spend 6 days tackling the best routes such as the U-Notch, V-Notch, Swiss Arete and the North Pal to Thunderbolt Traverse. This will provide the opportunity for participants to have an excellent hands-on training experience in ROCK 8 and ICE 3. Prior experience climbing steep snow, alpine ice and alpine multi-pitch rock climbing required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 9. 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. Thank you! 

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Climbing in the Palisades for six days with camp near the foot of Mt. Gayley and bivy camps on the Palisades Glacier. ICE 3 and ROCK 8 training. Alpine ice climbing up to AI3, multi-pitch alpine rock up to 5.8, rappelling, rock traverses, backcountry off-trail navigation and camping. Many ascents will take between 10-16 hours.
    • Where to meet: In Big Pine CA, location TBD
    • Event Leader: Darren Shutt
    • Minimum / Maximum: 2,9
    • Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.
    • Skills Requirements: Participants should be experienced in and know how to climb 60 degree alpine ice with two tools, climb fifth class rock in mountaineering boots, lead belay, rappel, and clean ice and rock protection, as well as standard backcountry and mountain travel and camping. 
    • What to bring: Mountaineering boots, sharp crampons, a pair of ice tools, rock shoes, harness, belay device, 3 locking carabiners, 2 slings, prusik, PAS, helmet, base layers, mid layers, shell layers, 2 pair socks, lightweight gloves, 30 - 55 liter climbing pack, sleeping bag, tent, food for 6 days, 2 liter water carrying capacity, trekking poles, gaiters, map, compass, strong headlamp with extra batteries, lightweight emergency bivy. MAA may supply some or all of the group technical equipment, ropes, tents, stoves, and fuel.
    • 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.

    ITINERARY:

    • PRIOR: We will arrange gear and logistics online and on a conference call that will happen approx. July 2020. TBD, will communicate with registrants.
    • DAY 1 - Monday, August 17th: Meet in Big Pine, caravan up to the trailhead. Logistics, gear, review route to basecamp. Hike approx. 8 miles to Sam Mack meadow.
    • DAY 2 - Tuesday, August 18th: Move to basecamp at the foot of Mt. Gayley, and complete a shorter climb, probably the Swiss Arete or North Couloir on Mt. Sill, or the V-Notch to Polemonium.
    • DAY 3 - DAY 5, Wednesday, August 19th - Friday, August 21st: 3 more days to climb all of the best routes in the Palisades. May utilize bivy camps on the moraine to the north of Palisade Glacier to access the U-Notch, V-Notch and Underhill Couloir. Exact routes, teams and itinerary will be decided days prior to departure and finalized on the mountain. 
    • DAY 6 - Saturday, June 14th: Break camp and head home.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

    • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

    • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

    • 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.

    • 09/07/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM (PDT)
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 99
    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.

    • 09/07/2020
    • 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Live Video Conference Call
    • 98
    Register

    Join a MAA climbing mentor online for a live video conference call training on ROCK 4, 5 & 6. 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: September 7th, 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    TO REGISTER:

    TOPICS: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEOS PRIOR

    • ROCK 4: Comprehensive protection and anchors instruction. Introduction to trad climbing gear, protection (natural, active & passive artificial, fixed), placing protection, assessment of single-point anchors, concepts of SRENE, equalization, v-angle, instruction and practice in all varieties of multi-point and multi-directional belay anchors and associated belay methods. 
    • ROCK 5: Full day of simulated trad lead climbing (up to 5.9) from the safety of an established top-rope. You will get instruction and practice in following a leader, racking gear, flaking rope, lead belaying, catching a lead fall, placing and assessing gear on lead, clipping the rope, resting on lead, bailing from a route, falling on lead, route finding and strategy. 
    • ROCK 6: Single pitch, from-the-ground-up lead climbing course. We start on conservative terrain and will coach you through your first trad lead move by move to build your confidence and expertise. You'll practice and learn how best to select, place (when, where, how) and assess gear on lead, as well as belaying a leader, belaying followers, strategic racking, clipping, cleaning, and review building multi-point belay anchors.

    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



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