Ice Climbing Lee Vining


Ice Climbing at Lee Vining California: Maximum: 6 SIG 3, The Lee Vining features some of the best water ice climbing offered in California. Recommended for those with  SIG 3 or equivalent experience. For MAA paid or free members only. Not a member? Join MAA today. Please note you must also join MAA International on Meetup; join MAA International here.

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  • HOW TO JOIN THE INTEREST LIST: Please read all the content of this posting, then if you are interested in attending, please sign in and join the interest list on this page, orange box top right. See section below titled "How to Join the Interest List"

  • COST: 1 night shared accommodation in Lee Vining. $50 per person, payable at RSVP in order to confirm your attendance. Payment is non-refundable 7 days from the start of the trip.

  • WHEN: Wednesday December 27 and 28, 2017

  • WHERE: Poole Power Plant, Near Lee Vining, CA

  • ROUTE: Chouinard Falls or others depending on conditions

  • EVENT LEADERS: Frederick


  • CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should have experience climbing waterfall ice on top rope. All must be able to belay, tie in, lower and be lowered. Experienced climbers who are proficient in top rope anchor building will have priority and/or have attended SIG 3 training or have shown to have this level of ice climbing experience on their profile will have priority.  Overview all MAA Training Courses here.

  • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the event leader know if you need something. Only full members receive a continuous significant 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.

  • FITNESS AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Overall, this event fits best in the [Select the appropriate hyperlink, either “Moderate” category.

  • GETTING THERE: Poole Power Plant Winter weather conditions can make travel challenging. Prepare accordingly. Consider tire chains and other inclement weather provisions.


    Mono County Sherriff - Emergencies call 911, Dispatch (760) 932-7549 ext. 7 

        Mammoth Hospital Emergency Department, 85 Sierra Park Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Phone 760-924-4076.



Day 1: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – Meet at Poole Powerplant parking lot in the morning. Hike to the falls and climb. After climbing, group dinner in June Lake. Accommodations in Lee Vining.

Day 2: Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Head out for climbing in the AM. Event concludes at the Poole Powerplant.




MAA official climbing events are free of charge and open to all who have either a paid or free membership at To obtain any membership, you must also be a member of the MAA International Meetup group.

After a conservative self-assessment, if you believe you will contribute to the safety and success of this event and would like to be considered, please sign in, then join the interest list on this posting, orange box, top right. For maximum member benefits we invite you to become a Full Member.

HOW SELECTIONS WORK: A few weeks prior to the event, MAA leaders will select team members from the interest list based on relevant experience, skill level, fitness, and teamwork, while keeping an eye toward achieving a balanced mix of individuals. Leaders only consider those who are on the official interest list here at Those that are selected from the official interest list will be notified via email from the MAA International Meetup website and RSVPed to the list there.

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

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 continuous significant 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

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm hat and/or balaclava

  • Sun hat or covering


  • Backpack - save space for group gear

  • High energy food, snacks and drinks

  • Thermos bottle for hot beverages

  • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

  • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

  • Map and compass

  • Sunscreen

  • Small personal first aid kit

  • Optional items for consideration: altimeter, trekking poles, camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana


  • Mountaineering / Ice Climbing Boots
  • Sharp Ice Climbing Crampons
  • Harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ice Tools - two
  • 4 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners
  • 2 double slings 48”
  • 1 single sling 24"
  • 2 loops of 5mm cord as a prusik
  • Cordellette 5mm - 7mm, 18' - 24'
  • Belay device
  • Climbing Rope(s) 70m ropes – Group gear
  • Anchor gear, quads, 10m to 30m static extension ropes – Group gear
  • Ice Screws – Group gear
  • Quick draws – 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 (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 free or paid MAA membership so that you can place your name on the interest list.

  • Event leaders are board-approved volunteers, not certified guides.

  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

  • Non-commercial wilderness, camping and /or backcountry permits will be acquired within the posted group size limits for this area.

  • Any fees that are associated with this event are those that individuals would have incurred had they planned this event themselves, or are legitimate group costs such as permits, lodging and pre-arranged transportation.

  • 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 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 climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or, or (916) 692-0005.