Ski Mountaineer Mount Shasta

About this Adventure




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Duration: Customised
Price: £100 GBP per day..



Get your teeth into great climbing and jaw dropping skiing action.

There are few places in the world that we can think of in the Big Earth office that offer a better combination of great climbing and the reward of a jaw-dropping skiing descent than Northern California’s most voluminous volcano, the 14,163-foot Mt Shasta.Rising alone from the surrounding plains this lonely giant is one of the most spectacular sights in California, and probably the world and the chance to conquer it is one that we don’t think any keen climber, or indeed skier, could resist.

Three-day courses first teach the basics of ski/snowboard mountaineering; how to climb in ski crampons, climb with skins and self arrest before, on the final day, giving you the chance to put your new skills to the test with an attempt on the summit.

After an early start students tackle the 5,000 feet ascent from base camp to the summit, the climb, scrambling over huge boulders is not for the faint-hearted, but then the reward is worth the effort. Pause at the peak long enough to take in the awe-inspiring views (these stretch up to 125 miles in all directions) before plunging into the next adventure – one of the longest uninterrupted descents. A consistent 35-45-degree slope will see you descend 7,000 vertical feet, through some of the nation’s best corn snow, back to the head of the trail.

The possible expeditions on Mount Shasta with Shasta Mountain Guides can be found below:

Avalanche Gulch Expedition Style
Our most popular ascent of Mt. Shasta, this three day climb schedule allows options to increase our chances of reaching the top. You enjoy plenty of time to acclimate, practice skills at snow school, and move to a high camp. We’ll camp at 8,000’ and then 10,000’ when poised to make our summit bid. We will select a route that is in optimal condition and allows for safe and enjoyable climbing.

Avalanche Gulch Alpine Style
This schedule is our most challenging itinerary and should be considered if you are in very good physical condition and have prior mountain climbing experience. The first day’s hike to basecamp will prepare us for a very early alpine start on summit day. Midnight wake up, summit climb, and return to the trailhead make for a big challenge.

Slow and Steady
This climb schedule is best suited to those who want a moderate approach to the sport of mountaineering. This four day adventure focuses on fun while enjoying the stunning scenery of Mt. Shasta. This best maximizes the opportunity to reach the summit and allows plenty of time for acclimating, training, recovery and yes — fun.

West Face – Hidden Valley
This route is an excellent climb for mountaineers looking for a moderate, less visited climb to Shasta’s summit. Our base camp in Hidden Valley (9,400′) is spectacular and well positioned for the summit push.

North Side Summit Climb
Shasta’s northeast side is a vast and scenic glaciated wilderness. The climbing routes follow long, steep snow pitches between the Hotlum, Bolam, and Wintun glaciers. Basecamp is pitched by snow melt creeks at 9,500’ on large glacial moraines. A great route for returning climbers.

Casaval Ridge
The classic alpine climb on Shasta’s south face. Dramatic rock gendarmes and exposed climbing make for an exciting ascent. This route is the winter and early spring choice, perfect for those who want a more technical and challenging route to the summit. Prior climbing experience and strong physical ability required.

Join Shasta Mountain Guides on a prescheduled trip, starting at $595, from May through June.

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