We will meet you at our downtown shop location (230 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd) at 8:00/9:00am on the first morning of the climb or seminar. We will conduct a thorough equipment check (required equipment list below), address any last minute needs and details, and proceed to the trailhead. We do not provide transportation to the trailhead, participants are encouraged to carpool. If you need rental equipment all of the items on the equipment list marked * can be rented at the Fifth Season, reservations recommended in advance 530-926- 3606.
Plan to be in your very best condition before a climb or seminar: Mt. Shasta is a big mountain and the climb will be an extreme physical challenge. We recommend arriving at least one day prior to the start date of your trip with SMG. Time can be spent hiking in the area at moderate altitude and organizing your pack and rental gear.
There is a variety of accommodations in Mount Shasta. The Cold Creek Inn or 800-292-9421 offers a discount to our guests. They are clean and centrally located in town, close to the Fifth Season. The Mt. Shasta Visitor’s Guide lists many other accommodations from camping to deluxe.
Neither Shasta Mountain Guides, nor any other company can guarantee a successful summit bid; some individuals may not be able to complete this strenuous climb. Therefore, take responsibility to be physically and mentally prepared for the challenge. Your training program should be started well in advance of your summit attempt. This should involve concentration on endurance and strength training and simulating the effort of climbing. Take regular hikes on hilly terrain increasing both your duration and intensity. Carrying a pack during these hikes will pay the most dividends in preparing for a climb. The more you put into your training program in advance, the more you will be able to enjoy yourself during the climb. Climbing requires stamina, conditioning, and preparation to make it safe and enjoyable. Please call or email if you’d like to discuss specific conditioning in greater depth, or if you have any medical issues that require attention.
Depending on your personal gear, you will probably have from 38 – 45 lbs. We’ll share carrying some of the group gear, so plan to add a 6-8 pounds to your total for the carry to base camp. (This may include a portion of a tent, a stove, some food, etc.) It’s very important to have proper equipment, so if you have any questions please call or email and we’re sure we can help.
Shasta Mountain Guides provides the main meals – breakfasts and dinners – bring plenty of your favorite snacks for the hike to base camp, climb day, and descent. We recommend bringing snack foods in small portions that are easy to consume. Carbs, fats, salts, and sweets should all be included. Clif bars, crackers, cheese, jerky, fruit, nuts, pretzels, bagels, cookies, and trail mix are all very good. There is a good selection of health food and grocery stores in Mt. Shasta so be creative and bring plenty of nutrients.
Shasta Mountain Guides
Mt. Shasta Summit Climb
Required Equipment List
Provided is a comprehensive clothing and equipment list for our 2-4 day summit climbs. For your safety and comfort, please follow these guidelines diligently. Every item on the list is required. Weather extremes may range from 0F to 70F. Versatility is the key to dressing properly, and layering allows you to do this efficiently. Bring only that which is necessary to avoid overburdening yourself with extra weight. Locally rentable items are marked with an * at The Fifth Season 530-926-3606 which is across the street from our meeting place on day one.
If you have questions about what to bring, leave behind, or equipment in general, please call or email. There are many gear choices for alpine climbing and we know it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips from our guides who use and test this equipment extensively
- In the spirit of alpine style climbing, we recommend that you think light and simple when packing and avoid doubling up on similar layers. An additional summit backpack is not recommended.
- Test your layers before a trip. One set of base layers is sufficient for multi day climbs. The Down/synthetic insulated jacket is fit to be worn over all your additional layers.
- No Cotton. Cotton drains body heat when wet and is unsuitable for climbing; this includes briefs/bras, etc. Wicking layers like Capilene or Merino Wool are best suited for high output activities in the mountains.
- A thin, hiking specific sock is best; wool or synthetic. The boot provides the warmth; the sock fine tunes the fit.
- Bring an easily compressible down or synthetic mummy style sleeping bag rated to 15-25. If you are a cold sleeper, consider a bag with a 15F-5F rating.
- Boots are often the biggest question. Most people rent this item along with crampons and ice axe with great success. A double plastic or hybrid mountaineering is required. Backpacking and hiking boots are not sufficient for the climb. Plastics are best early season (May-June) or for multiple day seminars. Leather/hybrid are best mid summer and for regular summit climbs. The Fifth Season has a vast selection for rent and we highly recommend this option.
Shasta Mountain Guides Provided Equipment
We will supply the items listed below. You are welcome to use your own tents or harnesses if you prefer
- Tents. We supply 2 and 3 person mountaineering tents
- Main Meals (Dinner and Breakfast) Our meals are organic and delicious! Vegetarian meals are easily accommodated. We are not able to provide vegan menu.
- Harnesses Black Diamond Alpine Bod
- All Summit Passes and Permits
- Friendly Guides and Instruction. All of our trips include review of mountaineering basics and skills necessary for the climb. Longer seminars have a thorough progression of alpine climbing techniques.
Personal Equipment and Clothing
Items marked with a * are available to rent. Suggestions and links are provided
- Climbing Boots*: Double plastic or Leather/Hybrid mountaineering. Backpacking/Hiking boots are NOT suitable.
- Crampons*: Mountaineering/Alpine Climbing style.
- Climbing Helmet*
- Ice Axe*
- Expedition backpack*: 70-80 Liter/5,000 cubic inch, internal frame (an additional summit pack is not necessary)
- Sleeping bag*: Mummy style synthetic or down, rated 15-20*.
- Sleeping pad*: Air or closed cell foam pad
- 1 locking carabiner
- 2 pair Hiking Socks: Wool or Synthetic lightweight
- Underwear: Briefs & Bras must be synthetic material
- Base Layer Bottom Light or mid weight wicking
- Base Layer top. Light or mid weight wicking
- Light or medium weight sweater: Fleece or wool
- Water-resistant shell pants: Hard or soft shell
- Water/Wind resistant shell parka
- Insulated Jacket: This is required and very necessary. Down or synthetic fill. Mid weight.
- Gaiters*: Mid-calf
- Fleece or Wool hat: warm & covers ears
- Brimmed Sun Hat: Cap or other
- Shorts: Summer only (optional)
- Light Weight Liner Gloves. Soft shell or fleece
- Insulated Gloves: Waterproof ski or mountaineering style.
- Water bottles: 2-3 Quart Bottles. Water bladders are NOT recommend
- Eating utensils: Cup, bowl, spoon only
- Headlamp with fresh batteries
- Sunglasses: glacier type/full coverage dark lens ~ important
- Sunscreen and lip protection: 25 SPF minimum
- Personal kit: Small quantity of toilet paper, towelettes, toothbrush, blister kit, pocket knife, etc.
- 1 large garbage sack
- Snacks: Food for climb days. Variety of small/packable portions of carbs, fats, proteins and sweets.
- Trekking/ski poles*: Highly recommended for approach hike.
- Camp Shoes: Booties or light shoes/sandals in summer
- Camera: optional but well worth bringing
Please no earbuds/headphones during the hike and climb.
Ski/Board and Glacier Seminars will include additonal items.