All SMC events are categorized in one or more ways: if the event involves rock climbing "RCK", snow, ice and glacier climbing, "SIG", and mountaineering, or "MTN", with each discipline at "Level 1" Beginning, "Level 2" Intermediate or "Level 3" Advanced. These represent the types and level of experience and ability required at that event.
RCK 1 RCK 2 RCK 3
SIG 1 SIG 2 SIG 3
MTN 1 MTN 2 MTN 3
Yep, we're climbing year-round. We can be found around Tahoe or Yosemite, in the Andes or the Alps rock climbing, ice climbing, peak bagging, and backcountry skiing. We plug cams and swing tools just as much as we high five on summits and enjoy the camaraderie of our amazing community.
Wanna get higher? The SMC training program is a grounded sequence of learning experiences where members advance their proficiency in the mountains on rock, snow, ice, and glaciers. We offer both on-site and online training. Attendees to the online training will be given priority RSVP at all club climbing events and expeditions the on-site field training classes. Full Members are given club mentors.
Climbing Outings are free 1-3 day climbs on peaks in the Sierra and nearby ranges. SMC membership is required. Ideally, teams are screened and selected 3 - 4 weeks prior, but sometimes these events are short notice. Proficiency at some technical level is often necessary.
Climbing Expeditions are long climbs on significant peaks organized by small teams of experienced members. SMC paid membership is required. Teams are typically selected 3-4 months prior in order to provide time to train and prepare. Technical skills proficiency and physical fitness are important factors. Often these events are outside California or outside the US.
On-Site Field Training Classes are 24 days of tiered skills training events to prepare members for participation with the club and help boost proficiency in the disciplines of Rock Climbing (RCK), Snow, Ice & Glacier Climbing (SIG), and Mountaineering (MTN). These free in-field training classes are posted a few months in advance. They can be taken in any order or sequence. For more information, please refer to the training courses section.
Online Training Classes are live video webinars which prequalify members to attend the free field training classes and all climbs and expeditions. Full members have unlimited access, all other paid members must register for a fee. Attendees receive priority RSVP at all SMC events.
Other events such as Seminars, Socials, WFR and Avalanche Certification, and Board Meetings happen regularly.
Good stuff to know
You can join the interest list for any event only here on our official website.
All on-site field trainings, climbing events, and expeditions are free. All online training classes require a fee to register, except for Full Members who have unlimited free access.
You must have an SMC membership to join the interest list or register for any SMC event.
When we select individuals for RSVP, all relevant experience and ability is taken into account.
Loaner gear is available on all events, for paid members only. This means you have access to everything you need to participate confidently.