About The Sierra Mountaineering Club
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SMC is one of the most modern, active mountaineering clubs anywhere because of the energy of our community. Membership powers that community. In SMC members connect with other mountain enthusiasts, train together, and enable each other to get out in the mountains as much as possible. Along the way we build friendships, push each other to excel and make memories that last a lifetime.
SMC members get together frequently for climbing, training, seminars and social events. We welcome people who are new to the sport of mountaineering as well as those who are much more experienced. We are a community that knows our members and enables their climbing aspirations in the long term, not just for a weekend. Many of us have found our best climbing partners and friends through our associations in the club. We'd be honored to have you join our community.
The club sponsors free climbing outings year-round all over California, the western US and internationally, to both classic and seldom-climbed locations. We offer climbing experiences and ascents on a wide variety of technical, non-technical, rock, ice, snow and glacier routes at all levels of difficulty from easy day climbs to demanding multi-day expeditions in challenging locations. Each club outing is designed and led by our amazing and dedicated volunteer event leaders. Ready to get after it?
SMC provides year-round opportunities for members to increase their knowledge and skills proficiency at all levels of climbing. We offer 22 days of free field training from beginner to advanced and eleven online paid training courses to qualify members for these field training experiences and all climbing events. We take into account the level of experience with which our members arrive, and our training program builds upon that foundation. This sequential training program provides common ground to accurately match team members and objectives. Members may attend training at any level as appropriate. The skills and know-how each member has and demonstrates over time are all documented on their profile and are used to collectively mentor each member to higher levels of ability and proficiency in the long term.