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About MAS Mountaineering

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snow camping About the MAS Mountaineering School

MAS strives to develop people's skills in the mountains and appreciation for the alpine environment. Traveling comfortably and efficiently is a skill learned through experience and training. Knowing your goals and limits can lead to freedom in "wild places". It is for this reason that MAS offers mountaineering training courses in Northern California.

California is an excellent region to learn, train and explore your mountaineering goals. MAS offers programs in Bear Valley, Mt. Lassen and the Sawtooth Range west of Bridgeport on the eastside of the Sierra Nevada Range. Each of these areas offers unique mountaineering challenges and experiences.

     
 

Bear Valley is conveniently located 3 hours drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Mountaineering classes based out of Bear Valley use a blend of backcountry and ski resort terrain to provide excellent training terrain to learn the fundamentals of mountaineering skills.

Bear Valley Mountaineering
 

Mt. Lassen National Park is the "little brother" to Mt. Shasta and is an excellent place to learn and practice mountaineering skills in a beautiful backcountry setting. Mt. Lassen Mountaineering Camps typically target the north side to avoid crowds and providesteeper and more challenging adventures.

Mt. Lassen Mountaineering
 

Sawtooth Range is located in the Hoover Wilderness on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Range outside Bridgeport on Highway 395. This scenic alpine area offers a number of quality mountaineering routes including the "classic" Matterhorn Peak where MAS leads trips up the East Couloir before a 4th class scramble to the summit.

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ice axe Crampon & Ice Axe Workshop top mountaineering

Learn how to climb and descend steep snow slopes using crampons and ice axe. A variety of techniques will be practiced including how to prevent a slip from becoming a fall (aka - self arrest). This course provides the basics for aspiring mountaineers headed to Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainer and beyond, including PCT hikers.

Skills Covered:

  • Crampon & Ice Axe Skills
  • Rest step
  • Self Belay & Self Arrest
  • Glissading
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Price: $125
More Course Info: PDF
Length: 1 day: (9 AM - 4 PM)
Location: Bear Valley, CA 95223
Meeting Place: MAS office at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Prerequisites:

• good physical condition; ability to hike up to 4 miles with a 20 pound backpack
• must arrive with boots, crampons, and ice axe

Skill Level: crampons
Fitness Level: mountaineering
Dates:

February 8, 2014
March 8, 2014

April 12, 2014
May 2, 2014
May 24, 2014

Registration: mountainereing course ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

 

 

mountaineering Rope Team & Snow Anchor Workshop top mountaineering

Expand your mountaineering skills to include techniques and equipment appropriate for steeper snow slopes and climbing as a team. Learn how to use a climbing rope, including knots and belays. Then incorporate snow anchors (e.g. ice axe, pickets and bollards) to manage risks on exposed slopes.

Skills Covered:

  • Basic Knots & Rope Handling
  • Rope Team Commands
  • Snow Anchors
  • Belay & Rappel Techniques
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Price: $125
Length: 1 day (9 AM - 4 PM)
Location: Bear Valley, CA 95223
Meeting Place: MAS office at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Prerequisites: • good physical condition; ability to hike up to 4 miles with a 20 pound backpack
• "Crampon & Ice Axe Workshop" or equivalent
Skill Level: beginner
Fitness Level: mountaineering
Dates:

February 9, 2014
March 9, 2014

April 13, 2014
May 3, 2014
May 25, 2014

Registration: avalanche course ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

 

 

snow camping Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshop top mountaineering

When your mountaineering adventures include glaciated terrain such the northside of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainer and beyond it is important to adjust your travel techiques and be prepared for hidden crevasses. This course covers the equipment and travel techniques, including crevasse rescue, required of glacier travel.

Skills Covered:

  • Glacier Travel Rope Team Preg-rig
  • Rescue Anchor Systems
  • Rope Ascension
  • Hauling & Mechanical Advantage Systems
Glacier Travel
Price: $125
More Info: PDF
Length: 1 day (9 AM - 4 PM)
Location: Bear Valley, CA 95223
Meeting Place: MAS office at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Skill Level: crevasse rescue
Fitness Level: Mt. Shasta
Prerequisites: • "Crampon / Ice Axe", & "Rope Team & Snow Anchor" Workshops or equivalent.
Dates:

May 4, 2014
May 26, 2014

Registration: mountaineering training ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

 

 

Bear Valley Mountaineering SeminarBear Valley Mountaineering Seminar top mountaineering

This program combines 2 workshops (Crampon/Ice Axe, Rope Team/Snow Anchor) into a weekend of intense mountaineering skill development.  A thorough introduction to basic mountaineering skills which is often used as a training or refresher course for larger mountaineering goals such as Mt. Shasta and Mt. Rainier. For those seeking additional training on glacier travel a third day is often offered immediately following this program. 

Skills Covered:

  • Crampon & Ice Axe Skills
  • Self Belay, Self Arrest & Glissading
  • Basic Knots, Rope Handling & Commands
  • Snow Anchors, Belay & Rappel Techniques
Mountaineering Seminar
Prices: $245
Length: 2 days (9 AM - 4 PM)
Location: Bear Valley, CA 95223 (directions)
More course info: PDF
Prerequisites: • good physical condition
• ability to hike up to 4 miles with a 20 pound backpack
Skill Level: beginning
Fitness Level: fitness
Dates:

February 8-9, 2014
March 8-9, 2014

April 12-13, 2014
May 2-3, 2014
May 24-26, 2014

Registration: mountaineering course ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

 

 

Mt. Lassen Mountaineering CampMt. Lassen Mountaineering Camp top mountaineering

Join MAS for three intensive days of mountaineering skills developmenton the flanks of Mt. Lassen. Skills such as crampon, ice axe and rope team skills are practiced before making an ascent on the northside of this classic Cascade volcano. In addition gain valuable experience snow camping , including backcountry cuisine. MAS guides receive many compliments for their meal preparation.

Skills Covered:

  • Crampon, Ice Axe, Rope Team Skills
  • Snow camping Skills
Mt. Lassen
More Course Info: PDF
Price: $425
Length: 2 days & 1 nights
Location: Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
Participant/Guide Ratio: 4:1
Prerequisites: • very good physical condition - ability to hike 6 miles comfortably with a 40 pound backpack
• overnight backpacking experience
Crampon / Ice Axe Workshop recommended
Rope Team / Snow Anchor Workshop recommended
Skill Level: Mt. Shasta
Fitness Level: Mt. Shasta
Dates:

April 26-27, 2014
June 7-8, 2014

Registration: mountaineering class ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

 

 

Mountaineering Camp: Matterhorn Peak Matterhorn Peak Mountaineering Camp top mountaineering

Join MAS on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Range and climb 1 of the "50 classics" via the East Couloir of Matterhorn Peak (12,279 feet).  This 2 day mountaineering camp is a demanding program complete with scenic trail hiking, cross-country travel, a glacier crossing and steep snow & ice climbing. 

Skills Covered:

  • Review Crampon, Ice Axe, Rope Team Skills
  • Belay & Snow Anchors on steep snow/ice
  • Rock climbing techniques on 4th class terrain
Matterhorn Peak
More Course Info: PDF
Price: $425
Length: 2 days & 1 night
Client/Guide Ratio: 4:1
Meeting Time & Place: 9 AM outside the cafe at Annetts Mono Village at Twin Lakes
Prerequisites:

• very good physical condition - ability to hike 8 miles with a 40 pound pack
• overnight backpacking experience
Crampon / Ice Axe Workshop recommended
Rope Team / Snow Anchor Workshop recommended

Skill Level: Eastside mountaineering
Fitness Level: mountaineering
Dates:

May 17-18, 2014
May 31-June 1, 2014

Registration: mountaineering course ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

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