SIG 1.2 PRO: Basic Snow Climbing and Self Arrest, 3/24


Join us for this special on-site training providing skills, know-how and technique for beginning snow climbing, taught by a professional MAA instructor. Spots are reservable by payment on a first come, first serve basis, for MAA paid members only. Completion places the SIG 1 badge on your MAA profile and better qualifies you to attend any MAA climbs, events and expeditions that require SIG 1 proficiency.  Join or upgrade your MAA membership today.

SIG 1.2 PRO: Basic Snow Climbing and Self Arrest is offered for members who desire to select a date for this comprehensive on-site field training course date with a professional MAA instructor. It consists of steeper snow climbing and instruction, demonstration and practice of all four positions and variations of self-arrest, delivered with a max 6:1 participant to instructor ratio, so you’ll get high quality training in a small group setting. Appropriate prior experience is helpful. Loaner gear is provided. 8 hours of instruction, maximum 6, $135. For MAA full members only. Not a full member? Join MAA today. Please note you must also join MAA International on Meetup; join MAA International here

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SIG 1.2 PRO will help you prepare for MAA events like these






On-site training: SIG 1.2 PRO is a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional instructor in a small group setting to help prepare you for success as a beginning level snow climber. We'll cover the following at SIG 1.2 PRO:

  • Steep snow safety

  • Self-belay

  • All positions of self-arrest

  • Self arrest with and without crampons

  • Steeper downclimbing

  • Spotting

  • Short belay

WHEN: March 24th, 2018

COST: $135, for MAA full members only.  Join or upgrade your MAA membership

DURATION: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Billy Mack Canyon near Truckee, CA

RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA members who have attended the companion online training. Not a Full Member? Join MAA here.

INSTRUCTOR: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399, Sean Martin, Kimberley Alvarez

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. Only full members receive a significant continuous discount on everything at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.



EMERGENCIES: Tahoe Forest Hospital 10121 Pine Ave, Truckee, CA 96161, (530) 587-6011





MAA PRO training events are open only to those who have a full membership at To be a full member you must also join the MAA International Meetup group.

After a conservative self-assessment, if you believe this training event is appropriate for you please sign in, then register by paying the fee on this page on this posting, orange box, top right.

Out of courtesy, if you are unable to attend, please change your RSVP on MAA International and remove your name from the interest list on the official MAA website at Refunds can be issued if the request is made further than a week from the event, or the fee may be transferred to a future date.

You can check the status of your attendance on the event posting on MAA International Meetup website, and the available spots on the official posting on this website.

If you experience difficulties or have questions during the registration process, please send an email to






Only full members receive a significant continuous discount on everything at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.



  • 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



  • 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



  • Mountaineering boots

  • Lightweight harness*

  • Climbing helmet*

  • Steel crampons, fit to your boots*

  • Ice axe*

  • Double length (48") sewn runner, ice axe leash, or PAS*

  • Locking carabiner*

*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve, for full members only.

For help in selecting the appropriate item, please refer to the MAA Detailed Clothing, Equipment and Gear List






  • In order to attend you must have a full MAA membership so that you can register.

  • This event is held on private land where we have permission, or on public land where we have a commercial permit.

  • All MAA events practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

  • 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.





Recommended Guide Services

We have worked with and recommend the following certified guide services:

Sierra Mountain Guides -

Alpine Skills International -

American Alpine Institute -





For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or, or (916) 692-0005.