THE SIERRA MOUNTAINEERING GROUP is a modern, active network of climbers organizing events, training and social networking in the pursuit of mountain adventure.See what our members say about SMG!
The Mission of SMG is to support and empower recreational climbers by organizing diverse year-round climbing events, on-site and online classes and training, rich and interactive social networking, and the pooling of information and resources. In short, our mission is to empower climbers like you.
SMG Membership gives you unlimited access to all our climbing events, core classes, skills trainings and expeditions. You'll be joining hundreds of other mountain enthusiasts and have the ability to search the membership database for partners. You'll also have access to all our training videos, documents and info, custom built topographic maps, our proprietary Mountaineering Training System, the Mantra of Mountaineering E-book, our loaner gear and club transportation.
Dues are $20 per month, or $200 per year to get 12 months of membership for the price of 10. This is an opportunity not available anywhere else. Join us today!
Anyone can attend one club event for free to check it out. Just join SMG Events here on Meetup and RSVP. When you decide you want to join officially, you can do so by following the steps below.
Select membership. Options are monthly or annually. Once you've joined, you’ll be notified via email and your account can be activated immediately. You’ll have access to an incredible array of opportunities, services, and resources.
Return here to RSVP to our events. You can also start the membership process by joining SMG Events first by clicking the "Join Us" button top right corner of this page. Don't forget to complete your membership by going to our homepage at www.sierramountaineeringgroup.org/join
WHAT YOU GET WITH MEMBERSHIP:
SOCIAL NETWORKING: Join the action with other enthusiasts and actually get out climbing with others regular folks just like you, immediately. Many of us have found some of our best friends and climbing partners through SMG. Come join us and be a part of modern mountaineering.
LOANER GEAR: Membership gives you access to our cache of climbing gear and equipment.
ONLINE TRAINING: Gain access to hours of how-to training videos recorded on-site by our event organizers demonstrating essential skills and providing important technical information.
E-BOOK, MAPS, INFO: Exclusive to SMG, our e-book "The Mantra of Mountaineering" as well as dozens of custom-built topo maps and valuable documents.
PEAK ASCENTS, SKILLS TRAININGS, AND CORE CLASSES: Every month there are a variety of opportunities to learn and practice your mountain craft.
CARPOOLING: Membership gives you access to round-trip transportation in our own large vehicle. Who doesn't like a road trip with your friends especially when someone else is driving?
ROCK CLIMBING: Crack and face technique, using gear, learning anchors, belaying, knots, rappelling, lead climbing, scrambling, "4th classing", safety, and general know-how
SNOW AND ICE CLIMBING: Crampon and ice axe techniques, placing and assessing gear, building anchors, practicing avalanche safety, easy mixed climbing, engineering the descent, and general know-how
GLACIER CLIMBING: Roped team climbing and travel, camping, crevasse detection, avoidance, and rescue.
SKI MOUNTAINEERING / BACKCOUNTRY SKIING: How to climb the peaks in winter on skis, backcountry AT and tele skiing, and avalanche training.
LIGHTWEIGHT MOUNTAINEERING: Getting your 3-day pack down to 30 lbs.
NAVIGATION AND ROUTEFINDING: Becoming an expert with a map, compass, altimeter, and other tools to navigate anywhere, anytime.
WINTER CLIMBING AND SNOW CAMPING: How to extend your season or prepare for a demanding mountain - snow shelters, snow travel and navigation, snowshoeing, avoiding hypothermia and frostbite.
MOUNTAINEERING CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR: Discussions and recommendations to meet the mountaineers need for function, performance and durability.
GENERAL MOUNTAIN AND WILDERNESS SKILLS: Pre-trip planning, packing, weather, decision making, general hiking and backpacking, setting camp, shelter options, first aid, ten essentials, layering, staying warm, dry, and energized, cooking, what to eat, drink etc.
PERKS: deals from sponsors, training plans, stickers, and help all along the way from others.
JOIN US TODAY!
SMG is built to empower climbers like you. Climbing with other enthusiasts is energizing, and being mentored by other climbers is the best way to take your skills from wherever they are to where you want to be. SMG makes it easy for you to focus on YOUR peak experience. With year round events and training, hundreds of active members, an incredible array of resources and opportunities, now is the time to become a part of our community. Join us today!
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER ABOUT THE SIERRA MOUNTAINEERING GROUP The Sierra Mountaineering Group is a network of enthusiasts who enjoy mountaineering, but it is not a licensed guide service. Events are posted on Meetup.com to connect with others interested in mountaineering, and to allow for pooling of resources to the advantage of SMG members. SMG cannot and does not endorse or insure mountaineering or any other related activities we undertake, since it cannot be guaranteed as safe and may result in injury, disability, and death at any time. Mountaineering alone or in a group is inherently risky every time, all the time. But then, so is driving on the freeway. Life is full of risks, so we don't pretend otherwise.
Your safety is your responsibility. It is up you to decide if an event is within your skill level. If you decide to attend, you do so at your own risk. There is no insurance offered or implied through this group. Each participant is solely responsible for their own personal safety during the entire trip, regardless of the expertise / decisions of the organizer, including the transportation from and back to the meetup location .
Each participant must be adequately experienced and self-sufficient in order to match the rigors present at the event. Physical and mental effort to some level of challenge is always present at all events. Many events require specialized skills such as fall protection, self rescue, survival and crevasse rescue. Events always involve some level of technical mountaineering, and will include some or all of the following: snow and ice climbing, rock climbing, glacier climbing, steep terrain, harsh conditions, off trail navigation, altitude, hunger, thirst, fatigue and general deprivation. :-)