THE SIERRA MOUNTAINEERING CLUB is a modern, active mountaineering club. We are a community where people connect, learn and climb together. We think we have something special happening and would love for you to join us.
You're at the first step, which is to follow us here on Meetup. When you do that you'll have access to view our complete calendar, event photos, and be involved. But we can offer you much more than that...
Become an official SMC member. When you join SMC officially you can join all our official club climbing outings. This membership is free. If you would like to also have access to our training courses, expeditions, loaner gear, skills advancement system, partner search and other member benefits, you can join SMC on a paid membership - only $60/year or $10/month. Either way, you'll be joining hundreds of other mountain enthusiasts to get out climbing right away and sharpen your skills. When you join SMC officially on a paid membership you'll have access to training events, expeditions, access to loaner safety gear, the ability to find climbing partners, have access to all our training videos, documents and info, custom built topographic maps, and more.
CONNECTIONS: 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 SMC. Come join us and be a part of modern mountaineering. See what our members say about SMC!
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION: We offer 25 days of technical skills training at all levels from beginner to advanced. Our training program provides SMC qualification in rock, ice, snow and glacier climbing and comprehensive mountaineering skills and knowledge. In addition, you'll enjoy a long-term relationship with your fellow club members and leaders who will help you perpetually advance your skills to become a more effective, safe and confident climber. Overview of our training courses.
MEMBERSHIP MATERIALS: When you join, you get stuff. You'll receive a welcome packet with your SMC member handbook, important club info and schedule.
LOANER SAFETY GEAR: Membership gives you access to fundamental safety gear for climbing - crampons, ice axes, climbing protection, ropes, etc.
ONLINE RESOURCES: Gain access to hours of SMC on-site training videos, custom built topo maps, and other information providing important technical information..
HOW TO OFFICIALLY JOIN SMC - PLEASE COMPLETE THESE STEPS
Click to join "SMC on Meetup" (We use the Meetup infrastructure to power our site, so this is a necessary step) then,
Go to SMC's website at www.smc.club/join to join the club and complete your member profile.
Select membership. We suggest $60 annually, or you can get a free membership if you only want to attend free club outings. Once you've completed the process you’ll be notified via email and your account will be activated immediately. If you paid for membership you'll receive a welcome packet in the mail.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER ABOUT THE SIERRA MOUNTAINEERING CLUB SMC is a modern mountaineering club - not a guide service. Our outing leaders are unpaid volunteers. We cannot and do not endorse mountaineering or any other related activities we undertake as safe, 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.
Your safety is your responsibility. It is up you to decide if an outing is within your skill level. If you decide to attend, you do so at your own risk. 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.