About Mountain Ascent Association
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MAA is an international not-for-profit organization built from the ground up with the energy and passion of the climbing community. We believe in the ethos of the ascent, the power of the team, a lifelong passion for adventure, safety, stewardship, and the pursuit of dreams. Our mission is to enrich our community, encourage a life of adventure and foster an appreciation for the natural world by providing comprehensive climbing events, instruction and connections. Our vision is to be an organization where we can inspire, ascend and realize our wildest mountain dreams together. If you share this dream then you belong in the MAA.
MAA members get together frequently in local sections for climbing, training, seminars and social events, and we gather in expedition teams across the globe. We welcome people who are new to climbing as well as those who are much more experienced. We are a community that knows our members well and enables their climbing aspirations in the long term, not just for a weekend. Along the way we build friendships, push each other to excel and make memories that last a lifetime. Many of us have found our best climbing partners and friends through our association. We'd be honored to have you join our international community!
MAA is proud to sponsor hundreds of free climbing outings year-round in local sections in the US and Canada, and expeditions internationally, to both classic and seldom-climbed locations. We offer climbing experiences and ascents on a wide variety of technical, non-technical, rock, ice, glacier and ski mountaineering routes at all levels of difficulty from easy day climbs to demanding multi-day adventures in challenging locations. Each official event is designed and led by our amazing and dedicated volunteer event leaders. Ready to get after it?
MAA provides year-round opportunities for members to increase their knowledge and skills proficiency at all levels of climbing. We offer 25 days of free field training from beginner to advanced, and 23 online training courses to qualify members for these field training experiences and all climbing events. Small group on-site paid training courses with a certified professional and pre-recorded training videos are also available.Our training program is sequential, breaking all climbing skills into disciplines and levels. We use this to build upon the foundation of what you already know and can do, to increase your proficiency and competency with the guidance of other members along the way. Each member’s skills and events are automatically documented on their profile and provides common reference to accurately match team members and objectives. Members may attend training at any level as appropriate.