Mount Shasta Climb – South Face

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Dates: May-Jul - see all dates

Total Days: 3

Activity Level: 5

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Mount Shasta Climb – South Face

Price:

2014

REI Member: $595

Non-member: $625

2015

REI Member: $650

Non-member: $725

Trip Dates:

2014

  • May 30 – Jun 1
  • Jun 6–8
  • Jun 13–15
  • Jun 20–22
  • Jun 27–29
  • Jul 5–7
  • Jul 11–13

2015

  • May 29–31
  • Jun 5–7
  • Jun 12–14
  • Jun 19–21
  • Jun 26–28
  • Jul 4–6
  • Jul 10–12

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private departure.

Group Size: 4 - 16; REI may run 2 groups of 8 or fewer per departure date listed above.

Activity Level: 5

Activities:

  • Mountaineering

Accommodations:

Camping on mountain in backcountry basecamp, 2 nights. Optional hotel night stays on either end (not included in trip price)

Trip Highlights

  • Climb the second highest volcanic peak in the lower 48
  • Learn and practice mountaineering skills during "Snow School" sessions
  • Undertake a rewarding challenge with a payoff of amazing views

At 14,179 feet, Mt. Shasta is the second highest volcanic peak in the lower 48 states. Physically challenging, Shasta is a great endeavor for novice and experienced climbers alike. Our South Face route is a classic steep snow climb, with much to offer the beginning mountaineer. The mountain's towering summit is the perfect reward after a demanding ascent.

We start with instructional focus on basic skills development and the use of technical equipment such as crampons and an ice axe during the "Snow School" portions of this course. The route is ascended at a pace that allows time for this and instruction continues as we make our climb.

Looking for later dates or a more technical route? See our Mt. Shasta Climb – Northeast Face trip for another option.

Itinerary Summary

  • Route variation - Our daily itinerary and route choice may vary based on real-time conditions on the mountain.
  • Day 1 - Climb to your first camp today with time to review mountaineering basics.
  • Day 2 - Ascend to the higher second camp and practice climbing skills along the way.
  • Day 3 - Aim for the summit of Mt. Shasta!

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Route variation - Our daily itinerary and route choice may vary based on real-time conditions on the mountain.

    Final departure materials will provide more information on your specific route. Hotel night stays and dinner on the night before day one and on the last night are not included. To make a reservation at the Cold Creek Inn call 530-926-9851. Mention you are traveling with REI Adventures to receive a 15% discount. Be sure to give the Inn at least 24 hours notice.

  • Day 1 - Climb to your first camp today with time to review mountaineering basics.

    Your trip begins today in Mount Shasta City. Meet your climbing guide(s) at the Fifth Season Mountain Shop at 9:00 am. After a brief orientation, we caravan in our own vehicles to the trailhead. You should expect to add approximately 8-10 pounds of group gear to your personal pack. We start our ascent around 7,000 ft. and traveling up to about 8,000 ft. to set-up base camp. Once camp is set up, we begin "Snow School" and cover the basics of ice axe and crampon use, climbing techniques and an introduction to roped travel in preparation for our summit attempt. After Snow School enjoy an early dinner and retire to our sleeping bags. Dinner included.

    Mileage: ~2.5 miles; 2-3 hours. Elevation gain ~1,000 ft.

  • Day 2 - Ascend to the higher second camp and practice climbing skills along the way.

    Today we move to high camp. We hike to about 10,000 ft. and set up camp. Expect to climb for 4 or more hours today. If weather permits, we can continue working on skills before dinner and end the night with a briefing on the next day's events and plenty of rest. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Mileage: ~2.5 miles; 4-5 hours. Elevation gain ~2,000 ft.

  • Day 3 - Aim for the summit of Mt. Shasta!

    Summit day! Our summit attempt commences between 2:00 am and 3:00 am. If possible we take the Avalanche Gulch route, depending on current conditions. Our turnaround time may be as early 11:00 am in order to avoid potentially serious hazards that tend to manifest in the afternoon. Depending on conditions, then, the descent to camp may take 2.5 to 4.5 hours. From camp, we pack up and make our final descent to the trailhead. Expect to be back between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. You may consider another night stay at the hotel as you are likely to be very tired.  Breakfast included.

    Mileage: ~2.5 miles to summit, ~7 miles descent; 12-14 hour total. Elevation: 4,000-5,000 ft. gain, 7,000-8,000 ft. loss.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. This trip is operated rain or shine.

Important Information About Air Travel

Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Professional instruction and guiding; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; 2- or 3-person tents; group climbing equipment and cooking gear; group first-aid kit, water filter; campsite and summit permit fees

This trip is conducted by Shasta Mountain Guides, llc. Shasta Mountain Guides operates under a Special Use permit of the Shasta Trinity National Forest.

Not Included

Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; hotel night stays before and after the trip; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; guide gratuities; lunches and snack items (see pack list for detailed guidance) and items of a personal nature.

Closest Airport

Redding, California: 60 miles

Transfers

There is no reliable transfer service from any airport to our meeting place.  Anticipate renting a car if flying in for this weekend getaway.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Strenuous (5). We plan to climb for 4 hours or more on most days, but our summit day will potentially exceed 12-14 hours and is very strenuous.  We will be traveling on steep and often exposed terrain, gaining over 2,000 feet in elevation most days and descending around 7,500 feet after having climbed to the summit in the morning on the final day.  We will travel at altitudes between 6,500 and just over 14,000 feet while carrying heavy packs at times on steep snow and ice.  The terrain and conditions will require the use of specialized equipment for climbing ice or snow, including ropes, harnesses, helmets, crampons, ice axes and more.  To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and the likelihood that you will summit, we suggest that you engage in a regular exercise regimen prior to your departure.  We also recommend that you stay well hydrated prior to departure to assist in mitigating altitude sickness.  Most important to your enjoyment of the trip is your overall fitness level.  Previous experience is highly recommended and a physician’s release is required prior to participating in this course.

Weather

Base camp temperatures can range from the 60s+ during the day to well below freezing at night. Summit temperatures can drop to the teens (or lower) and persistent wind is common. Although Shasta enjoys excellent weather for much of the summer, as with any large mountain, it generates its own weather and snowfall is possible even during the summer months. Trip members should arrive prepared for all possibilities by following the gear recommendations below.

High Altitude Concerns

Mt. Shasta is over 14,000’ high and is ascended rapidly. As such, some climbers experience symptoms of altitude sickness during the climb. These symptoms can include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and general weakness. Sometimes, judgment is impaired in individuals experiencing the effects of altitude sickness, causing them to want to continue climbing when it is no longer advisable for them to do so. Our guides will determine if any individual is displaying symptoms of altitude sickness that may put him or her in serious danger, or endanger other individuals in the group. By participating in this climb, you are agreeing to accept the REI guide's judgment should they advise you not to make a summit attempt.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. A limited number of single accommodations are available, and are assigned only as necessary.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Mount Shasta Climb – South Face Gear List

Having the proper gear is vital to your comfort and overall enjoyment of the seminar. Here is a gear list that has been specifically designed for this trip. We are often asked if all items appearing on this list are really required. Our guides assert that climbers must arrive prepared as indicated, but please keep in mind that not all gear will be required for all departures. The weather and terrain conditions on Mt. Shasta at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to carry to base camp and what (if anything) can be left behind. If you do not already own all of the necessary gear and are not certain if you will participate in mountaineering trips on a regular basis, please consider renting. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are generally available to rent.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tent (2- or 3-person)
  • Group cooking gear/kitchen (stoves, pots, etc.)
  • Main climbing rope
  • Climbing harness
Luggage
  • Backpack—internal frame, 80 liter minimum
Camping gear
  • *Sleeping bag, 20º F minimum, down or synthetic
  • *Sleeping pad: full length closed-cell foam pad or Therm-a-Rest
Climbing gear
  • *Helmet, designed for climbing (bicycle helmets are not acceptable)
  • *Crampons: Must be 12-point
  • *Ice axe (65-75 cm – no larger)
  • Carabiners: 1 locking carabiner
Clothing
  • Midweight wool or fleece jacket/sweater
  • Midweight, thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool (no cotton)
  • Lightweight convertible pants or shorts (late spring and summer)
  • Synthetic T-shirt or long-sleeve shirt
  • Synthetic underwear (briefs, bras)
  • Hiking socks and liner socks - 2 pairs of each
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and use when not climbing
Clothing accessories
  • Gaiters, mid-calf length minimum
  • Insulated, waterproof ski/climbing glove or mitts, 1 pair
  • Wool or fleece mittens/gloves, 1 pair
  • Sun hat (with a brim)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana for sun protection
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Sunglasses with dark lenses and side glare protection, often called glacier glasses
Outerwear
  • Parka (MANDATORY): Either down or synthetic fill, rated to 10º F. A parka with hood is in addition to the waterproof shell jacket and other required upper-body layers. It is worn over all other layers, primarily on rest breaks and occasionally while climbing
  • Waterproof, breathable shell jacket with attached hood (ponchos not acceptable)
  • Waterproof, breathable shell pants with side zippers allowing for easy on/off over boots
Footwear
  • *Climbing boots: Double plastic boots are highly recommended. Guides require plastic boots in certain weather conditions
  • Camp shoes: lightweight sneakers (something lightweight other than your plastic boots)
Travel accessories
  • Lunch items for each day (easily packable, non-perishable, energy bars and real foods)
  • Energy snacks and powdered drinks
  • Eating utensils: 1 large bowl, insulated mug or cup, spoon
  • Two 1-quart water bottles (no hydration packs as the tubes freeze easily)
  • Sun block and lip balm w/high SPF
  • Toiletry kit (small quantity of toilet paper, towelettes/wet wipes, small hand sanitizer)
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • One large garbage bag
  • Personal first-aid kit (i.e. any necessary medications, extra blister care)
Optional field gear
  • Ski poles, preferably adjustable (highly recommended)
  • Camera, spare batteries (lithium, not standard alkaline)
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Down or fleece vest
  • Down booties (early season only)
  • Earplugs
  • Compass
  • Altimeter
  • Personal tent, if desired (but remember, you'll be carrying it on your own!

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresMt. Shasta Climb
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Guides (15)
  • Group camaraderie (13)
  • Food (12)
  • Well organized itinerary (12)
  • Activity level (11)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid adventurer (9), Casual adventurer (6)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Destination (9), Good value (9), I liked the itinerary (9), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (9), Active adventures (8)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Prepare for the trip!

      By PGMII

      from New York, NY

      About Me Avid Adventurer, Mountaineer

      See all my reviews

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      Pros

      • Food
      • Guides

      Cons

      • No Guidance On Trip Prep
      • Poorly Organized Itinerary

      Best Uses

        Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

        Consider taking a seminar on mountaineering before attempting this climb. The ~45 minutes of prep of guidance on cramponing on snow and ice, self-arrest, and glissading is probably barely sufficient for most to travel safely on the mountain.

        Also, consider researching training regimens for mountaineering before attempting this climb. It's not the most strenuous route or mountain, but it isn't a day hike.

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Destination
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • I had little pre-trip intel on Shasta and wanted to make sure I was guided by a reputable company.
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • Prepare for the trip! This is mountain is not for the casual outdoorsman. It requires fitness and some technical skill (basic cramponing on snow and ice). Many people in our trip were not athletic enough to get to the summit. I believe others could have summited if they had more practice climbing on snow and ice. The summit day should not be your first time with crampons on snow and ice.
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • Getting to the summit despite the numerous setbacks. The guides were great and dealt with a non-ideal situation with ingenuity and professionalism. They were as dedicated to get me to the summit as I was. Also, the summit meals far exceeded other meals I've had with guided climbs.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Shouldn't be your first mountain climb

        By PGMII

        from New York, NY

        About Me Mountaineer

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

        • Food
        • Guides

        Cons

        • Fell Short of Expectations
        • Poorly Organized Itinerary
        • Pre-trip Prep Guidance

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          Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

          If you haven't taken a seminar on mountaineering, I don't think you are sufficiently prepared to climb the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge route. The one hour "snow school" is insufficient preparation for the rigors of summit day, and if you aren't comfortable cramponing on hard snow and ice, you'll move slowly and inefficiently. A two-day mountaineering seminar and plenty of athletic training should be sufficient to climb this route.

          If you don't care about summiting and just want a mountain experience, this might be the trip for you, but then again your inability to climb might prevent other more capable climbers from summiting, which isn't fair to them.

          That said, this trip was pretty typical for a three day excursion on a 14er in the lower 48. I've previously climbed Whitney and Rainier, and this was par for the course.

          The guides made the best of a potentially cruddy situation, so I salute them for that. They're very capable and eager to teach, but there simply isn't enough time on the mountain for them to convey their knowledge to a neophyte climber. Finally, the mountain meals were excellent: pasta with fried sausage and chicken burritos. Yum!

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • 1) Mount Shasta is a classic climb in the Cascades. 2) I wanted to try out a trip organized through REI.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Summiting despite the inexperience of the other clients.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • PREPARE FOR THIS TRIP! Take this seriously. Of the six clients in my group, only another climber and I summited. I think that most of the other clients believed that they were both fit enough and technically skilled enough for this climb. They weren't, they didn't summit, and they nearly kept another client and I from summiting.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fun Trip, Tough Climb, Fantastic Guides!

          By SF Gal

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Quality Equipment Provided
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

              I went on the three-day South Face Summit with REI adventures in 2013. My hiking partner and I successfully summited, thanks in large part to the energy of our group and the professional urging and coaching of our guides.

              Best parts of the trip: 1) guides were patient, supportive, incredibly experienced, and fun to get to know, 2) group was full of incredibly well-traveled and adventurous folks of all ages which made for great conversation around the campfire, 3) trip was very well organized, dinners were fantastic and tasted delicious after the long hikes.

              Points for improvement: 1) I wish I had worn my own hiking boots - I rented and developed horrible foot sores and blisters while others in the group with crampon-friendly high boots were much more comfortable, 2) the day was windy and dusty - you are truly climbing a pile of rocks - I was glad to have a bandana and good sun/wind protection with all my gear and layers.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • A friend wanted to climb Shasta for his birthday - I tagged along for a fun adventure!
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Glissading down the face of Mt Shasta!
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • The climb is rigorous and long. Be prepared with some mental fortitude. I recommend training with a pack on during hikes unless you are very physically fit. Bring high-carb, high-calorie snacks with variety for the summit day. If you feel comfortable with ice and snow, the Avalanche Gulch route may suite you better than the South Face summit.
               
              5.0

              Awesome!

              By Craig72

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

                  Guides Ryan and Eric rocked!

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • Wanted an intro to mountaineering and Shasta is the closest mountain.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Reaching the summit.
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • As everyone else has said...GET IN SHAPE!!! It will still hurt regardless of all your training, however it will hurt a lot less and will better your chances of making it to the top.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  "Where Heaven and Earth Meet"

                  By Chuquiagomarka

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

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                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Activity Level
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Food
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Quality Equipment Provided
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

                      This was an unforgettable expedition!!! Our guides, Lynette, Pat, and Rich were the most educated, most accommodating, caring, and inspirational guides I have ever met. Their main goals were safety and to provide a fun experience. That was exactly what the climb encompassed. Every aspect of the trip was safe, very educational, and fun. Our guides provided us with excellent training and tips for our upcoming Illimani expedition. Without a doubt, it was our guides that made this experience a memorable success!!

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Destination, Good Value
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • This trip was purchased as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend. We will be climbing Mt. Illimani in Bolivia next month, and this trip was set up as preparation and a great instructive learning experience.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • The highlight of the trip was Summit night. Leaving at 2AM under a blanket of a billion stars was amazing! It was actually easier and more comfortable climbing under the night sky. Witnessing the sunrise and the mountain's massive shadow above the horizon was an incredible spectacle. Reaching the summit was an unforgettable and spiritual experience.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • If you want to have a great and comfortable experience, take the climb seriously. Be sure to train for the climb. Cardio and strength training will be very helpful. Expect to carry your gear up to high camp and expect at least a 7 hr. summit climb. The more you prepare, the easier the climb will be.
                       
                      5.0

                      Mount Shasta

                      By Roland Y

                      from Montgomery Alabama

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

                      Great Experience. Guides were great. Awesome mountain,

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A must do trip!!

                      By PatrickMi

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Casual Adventurer, First-Time Adventurer

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Activity Level
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                      Cons

                      • None

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

                        Be flexible. Due to weather we had to change our plans. Be prepared that you may have less time to acclimatize. I would suggest spending more than one night at altitude before starting your trip if possible. If you don't mind the weight, bring an extra water bottle. Summit day is a long one and being properly hydrated helps. Bring lots of snacks! The food is very good but you need to keep your energy up during the day as well as during your summit attempt. Buy a quality waterproof and windproof layer. It is no fun being cold.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, Respectable Company, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I was looking for a trip where I could learn about about mountaineering from an expert. This was my first mountaineering trip and I did not want to try such a risky endeavor without the proper guidance. I also wanted to have the experience of climbing a mountain in the snow with all of the snow/ice gear (crampons, ice axe, etc).
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Summiting was the number one highlight. All of the hard work and preparation paid off and it was a sense of accomplishment that I will remember always. Very close behind was the great guides/fellow travelers. This was my first experience climbing in the snow and camping in the snow and the guides provided all of the support and knowledge to make this a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • The guides are wonderful. When you meet your travel group they will review all of the gear that you brought to insure that you are prepared. Ask as many questions as you want, they are a amazing source of knowledge. Also, don't take this trip lightly. Train, train, train. It will make the experience all the more enjoyable if you are physically capable. Be prepared for a 10-14 hour summit day

                        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Thanks a million!

                        By Prof H

                        from Iowa City, Iowa

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                        Cons

                        • Quality Equipment Provided

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                          Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

                          My husband and I were at least 20 years older than everyone else in our party, though we were both in plenty good shape--so as the slowest one to summit, I am deeply grateful to our great guide whose patience made that possible.

                          Pretty much everything was excellent, with just two exceptions, the primary one being the rental equipment: check yours out as carefully as you can. We were so concerned about having to rent plastic boots that we arrived a day early just to try for decently fitting ones, but after the third pair, my husband still wound up with such severe blisters after day one that he did not attempt the summit (also due to some cramping in his legs). I got a pair of ancient Koflachs which the girl instructed me to lace loose at the toes and tight around the ankles, which gave me a whopping "shin burn" blister by the end of day one; when I mentioned this to our guide, he corrected that I should lace them TIGHT at the toes, LOOSE around the ankles--but, too late! Also I first got a pair of gaitors with a broken snap, tried another pair which they said were the last, also with a missing snap, so they kindly let me combine the two that did have snaps (both lefts) and didn't charge me, saying they weren't going to be renting gaitors any more; but if they had had better ones available, perhaps with a "rent-to-own" option, I might have bought them. We were glad we brought our much lighter-weight tent, and in retrospect, we wished we'd brought our own lighter boots for the hike in and out, to save the behemoths for crampon day--we'd willingly have carried them just to avoid the blisters!
                          Our one other reservation was that because we apparently arrived at base camp a little late, "snow school" seemed awfully casual and even a little haphazard (like,"do you want to show them this?"-"no, let's go make supper..."), which didn't instill the most confidence. Maybe it'd be better to introduce a little at the very outset when everyone was fresh?--even though there wasn't any snow there yet...on the lawn while assembling our gear...?
                          All that said, however, our guides were competent and fun, our fellow travelers were good-spirited, the mountain was gorgeous, and we had a trip we will never forget. Thank you all!

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • My husband did, for our 30th anniversary, because on our honeymoon we climbed Mt Whitney (the highest in the lower 48!)
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • Glissading down! GREAT fun! Summitting was pretty awesome too though.
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • If you don't already have them, and if you can afford it, buy your own plastic boots, far enough ahead to know they're broken in. Everybody on our trip got blisters except the guides--and the others had even bought their boots.
                           
                          5.0

                          These are the moments...

                          By hoon22

                          from Santa Clara, CA

                          About Me Outdoorsy

                          Site Member

                          Pros

                          • Group Camaraderie
                          • Guides
                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                          Cons

                          • Poop bags

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

                            The experience was unforgettable and the memories from this trip will be cherished always. The guides were superb, the itinerary was perfect and the challenge was well worth it. Of course I would have liked the use of a flushing toilet, sleeping on my own bed and being able to shower daily. But this is all part of the experience.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • I wanted to give myself a challenge and try something I've never done before. I did Mt Whitney the year prior so this seemed like a good next logical step.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • Of course summiting was amazing and made the trip that much more satisfying. However, the overall experience was the highlight. The interaction with the guides, bonding with my two friends, making new friends with the other members of the group and the shared goal by all to take on the mountain was just awesome.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Don't underestimate this trip...it is very physical and mental. I would definitely train for it and do a lot of hiking up steep hills/trails and with a heavy pack. The better prepared you are for it, the more you'll enjoy.
                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome climb

                            By Love2Climb

                            from Long Beach, CA

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Guides
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Mt. Shasta Climb:

                                I would not have done this climb any other way. It is well planned and very enjoyable. The trip itinerary gives you enough time to acclimatize, feel comfortable with climbing on snow and get the appropriate amount of rest/ recovery. The guides are awesome. They are very knowledgeable and keep you safe. I found the snow school portion to be very beneficial.

                                We saw a lot of climbers making mistakes and climbing inefficiently. If you are interested in climbing and are inexperienced, then do yourself a favor and spend the money on this trip. It is well worth it.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I have been getting into mountaineering over the last couple of years. I always wanted to do a snow climb and thought Shasta would be a good starting point. When reading the description and the itineray, it seemed like a perfect trip for the beginning climber.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Everyting about the trip was awesome. The itinerary, the group, and the guides. Reaching the summit was spectacular.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Get the recommended equipment and make sure you are in good shape.

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