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    • 12/22/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Donner Summit Sno-Park Exit 176
    • 7
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    Join MAA members at Castle Peak near Truckee for some scenic backcountry skiing. This is one of the most accessible peaks 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 Castle Peak, laps on bowls and faces with tree cover. 1 - 2 mile approach, elevations from 7,200 to 9,200 feet.
    • Where to meet: 8:00 am, Donner Summit Sno-Park, Exit 176 off I-80. Sno-Park pass required!
    • Event Leader: Will Beaubien (415) 218-7936
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
    • What to bring: Skis, boots, skins, poles, avy beacon, probe, shovel, appropriate winter clothing and layers, lunch, water, pack and sense of adventure!
    • 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.
    • 12/29/2018
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Carson Pass Sno-Park
    • 2
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    Join MAA members on Round Top for a winter ascent of the West Ridge. This moderate 3rd class ridge route is scenic and popular, going directly to the summit. In winter it is an adventurous route; plan for cold, windy conditions. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

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

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

    Where to meet: Carson Pass Sno-Park trailhead 7:00 am.

    Event Leader: John Vanek

    Minimum / Maximum: 3/8

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, 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.
    • 01/04/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Lee Vining, Ca
    • 2
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    Join MAA members at the classic ice crag in Lee Vining Canyon for water ice climbing on top rope! Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

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

    Where to meet: Mobil Gas Station, 22 Vista Point Dr. at 7:30 am. We'll caravan to the Lee Vining Trailhead at the Poole Power Plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.

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

    Minimum / Maximum: 3,10

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, 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.
    • 01/20/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • June Lake, Ca
    • 2
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    Join MAA members in June Lake for water ice climbing on top rope! Depending upon conditions, we'll climb at Horsetail Falls or Roadside Ice. Prior experience climbing ice and snow is helpful, participants will be expected to know how to tie in and belay safely. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    What's happening: Ice climbing at Horsetail Falls or Roadside Ice, in June Lake. Top rope belays. Horsetail Falls has a steep 1.5 mile approach, possible treacherous stream crossing.

    Where to meet: At the barriers at the end of the Hwy 158, near the power plant. Even though this road is plowed, an AWD or 4WD may be needed.

    Event Leader: Roger Coss, (209) 815-3981, John Vanek

    Minimum / Maximum: 3,10

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • In order to register you must be a Base, 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.
    • 01/25/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tamarack Peak on Hwy 431
    • 3
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    Join MAA members at Tamarack Peak near Tahoe for some scenic backcountry skiing. This is one of the most accessible peaks with a variety of friendly bowls and terrain. Current Avalanche 1 training and avy gear required to attend. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!

    SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on MAA profile, including evidence of Avy Level 1 and equipment. Those registered will be notified.

    DETAILS:

    • What's happening: Backcountry skiing on Tamarack Peak, laps on bowls and ridges with 600' vert skiable terrain. Less than 1 mile approach, elevations from 8,600 to 9,900 feet. From the parking lot, skin due west through the sparse, rolling forest, aiming for the saddle between Tamarack and Galena Peaks. From here, turn south (left) and find the ridgeline to Tamarack’s summit. Be sure to remember the ascent route and surrounding landscape for the last descent to the car. The parking lot is hidden out of view behind a small ridge for most of the way back.
    • Where to meet: 8:00 am, roadside parking with room for over 20 cars located on Highway 431, 1 mile east of the highway’s summit. This parking area is 15.5 miles west of the 395-431 junction near Reno, and 9 miles east of the 28-431 junction near Incline Village.
    • Event Leader: Will Beaubien (415) 218-7936
    • Minimum / Maximum: 4,8
    • What to bring: Skis, boots, skins, poles, avy beacon, probe, shovel, appropriate winter clothing and layers, lunch, water, pack and sense of adventure!
    • 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.
    • 01/28/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 02/03/2019
    • 10:30 AM
    • Ouray, CO
    • 0
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    Join MAA at Ouray Colorado for spectacular week of ice climbing. The ice park is world famous boasting hundreds of routes, in addition to some amazing climbing just outside the park. We rent a huge party house every year, the week after the ice festival. It's a blast. All levels welcome. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 15 stoked ice climbers! Hope to have you out with us!

    DETAILS:

    • DATES: Monday, January 28th to Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
    • LOCATION: Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, CO
    • COST: $400, which covers 6 days of lodging, loaner gear and lodging expenses for all ELs. Deadline for payment of expedition fee is December 1, 2018. (Registrants: if payment is not received by the deadline then you will be moved back to the waitlist)
    • EVENT LEADERS: Paul Shaughnessy, Todd Martin, Darren Shutt
    • MIN / MAX: 7 /15
    • CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should know how to belay, tie in, lower and be lowered. Experienced ice climbers who are proficient in top rope anchor building and/or have attended ICE 1 ("SIG 3") training or have shown to have this level of ice climbing experience on their profile will be best prepared.
    • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, club loaner gear may be available (except footwear). Please let the event leader know if you need something
    • REFUNDS: Full refunds can be given outside of 90 days of the trip date. Between 30 and 90 days, 50% refunds are possible. Closer than 30 days, no refunds can be given.
    • WHAT TO BRING: Warm boots, crampons, ice tools, harness, belay device, eye protection, biners, slings, any personal lead climbing or anchor building equipment, rope, cold weather clothing, shell layers, multiple socks and gloves, pack, sleeping bag, travel clothes.
    • MEDICAL: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
    • LODGING: Ouray Manor can sleep 20, we will cap event at 15. Please bring a sleeping bag and mat as this will give us maximum flexibility with beds and space. There are three floors, 8 bedrooms with between one and two beds in each, and 5 bathrooms. House has a living room, front room, dining room, full kitchen, laundry, and wi-fi.

    ITINERARY:

    • Monday, Jan. 28th: Check in 5:00 pm at The Ouray Manor. Meet and greet, enjoy group dinner
    • Tuesday, Jan. 29th - Saturday, Feb. 2nd: Leave early to secure routes, walk to the park for top rope ice climbing at between 2 and 4 locations in the park. We may also do some climbing in the backcountry. Climb until the afternoon, then evening meals and festivities to ensue back in town.  
    • Sunday, Feb. 3rd: Clean house and check out at 10:30 am. 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

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

    • 04/06/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Donner Pass, Truckee, California
    • 0
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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

    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, John Scruggs

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: Wild Cherries Coffee House, Truckee, 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.




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