Looking east at the high Chugach from White Lice. Chugach State Park.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

Rosie’s Roost was built in 1968, it is part of the Eklutna Traverse and was originally called Eagle Glacier Cabin.

Photo by Greg Bragiel.

Climber on seracs on the Matanuska Glacier during the annual MCA ice climbing festival.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

Crevasse rescue training at the MCA's Basic Mountaineering School.

Photo by Dean Carman.



Backcountry Ski Skills Clinic             Date: TBA

Learn the tricks of the trade for travelling on skis in the backcountry (setting the uphill track, kick turns, removing skins with skis still on, etc) and the theory of ski technique.  Must be able to link turns, Advanced Beginners and better are welcome. (Telemark, AT/Rondonee and Mountaineering (Silveretta Bindings) skis are welcome.  This clinic will count towards the BMS merit program.

Clinic is limited to the first 8 people and any sign-ups after that will be wait listed.

Cost of the clinic TBA depending on location.

Lead Instructor: TBA



Intro to Ice Climbing             Date: TBA

 Want to learn how to climb a frozen waterfall?  In this two-day course plus one evening lecture, learn the basics of ice climbing equipment, knots, climbing techniques and safety systems.  No prior climbing experience required.  Some equipment will be provided by the MCA, such as crampons, helmets and harnesses on a limited basis.  Students will be required to rent climbing boots.  This clinic will count towards the BMS merit program.

Class limited to 10 students, any sign-ups beyond that will be wait-listed.

Cost: $40 (doesn’t include boot rentals). Location TBA.



Snow Travel (Basic Mountaineering Skills) Seminar             Dates: TBA

Learn the basics of snow climbing such as, clothing, equipment, snow anchors, belay techniques, self arrest, crampon techniques, climbing as a rope team and placing snow protection.  No prior experience required.  Some equipment is available to borrow from MCA such as crampons, helmet and ice axes.  Students will be required to have 3/4 to full shank boots compatiable with crampons.  This clinic will count towards the BMS Merit Program.

Class size is limited, any sign-ups beyond that will be wait-listed.

Cost: $50 (doesn’t include rentals). Location TBA.

Lead Instructor: TBA



Check the MCA Events calendar regularly for details on future workshops, training seminars and MCA events: http://www.mtnclubak.org/index.cfm/What-We-Do/Events-Calendar.

If there is a type of training you'd like to see the MCA provide, please contact the Training committee and give us your ideas.

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