- Be rewarded with stunning views atop one of North America's largest mountains
- Learn mountaineering from professional instructors and guides
- Accomplish an amazing, unforgettable personal feat
Mt. Shasta, California's second highest peak, offers stupendous views and the perfect location to learn and practice mountaineering skills. Physically challenging, our summit attempt ascends the northeast face of the mountain gaining more than 7,000 feet in two days. We return from the summit full of personal accomplishment and new knowledge of mountaineering skills.
Professional guides instruct us on the use of mountaineering equipment like crampons and ice axes. Each day contains "Snow School" portions where we learn skills and then set out to practice them.
We also offer more departures in the spring and summer via Shasta's South Face.
- Route Variation - Our daily itinerary and route choice may vary based on real-time conditions on the mountain.
- Day 1 - Climb to our first camp today and review mountaineering basics.
- Day 2 - The summit of Mt. Shasta is our goal today!
- Day 3 - Our last day on the mountain, we make our descent.
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 our first camp today and review mountaineering basics.
Your trip begins today in Mount Shasta City. Meet your climbing guide(s) at the Fifth Season Mountain Shop at 8:00 am. After a brief orientation and gear check, we caravan in our own vehicles to the trailhead. You should expect to add 8-10 pounds of group gear to your personal pack. We start our ascent at about 7,000 ft. and climb through the day to 9,400 ft. where we'll establish our base camp. This full day of moderate/low angle climbing may take anywhere from 4 to 5 hours, with a stop along the way for lunch. Once we arrive and camp is set up, we begin "Snow School" and cover the basics of ice axe and crampon use, specific climbing techniques, as well as 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.
Climbing: 3-4 mile; 4-6 hours. Elevation gain: ~2,500 ft.
Day 2 - The summit of Mt. Shasta is our goal today!
Summit day! Our summit attempt commences between 2:00 am and 3:00 am. Our turnaround time may be as early 11:00 am in order to avoid potentially-serious hazards that tend to manifest in the afternoon. If possible we'll utilize the impressive Hotlum-Bolam Ridge route, depending on current conditions. The descent back to camp may take 2.5 to 4.5 hours. Breakfast and dinner included.
Mileage 3-4 miles; 10-12 hours. Elevation gain/loss: ~5,000 ft.
Day 3 - Our last day on the mountain, we make our descent.
Today we'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast, pack and descend from camp back to the trailhead. The descent usually takes 3 to 3.5 hours. We expect to be back between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Although we will be returning fairly early in the day, you may want to consider another night stay at the hotel as you are likely to be tired. If you do choose to travel on this day, we suggest you book late flights. Breakfast included.
Mileage: ~3.5 miles; 2-4 hours. Elevation loss: ~2,500 ft.
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.
Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
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.
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.
Redding, California: 60 miles
There is no reliable transfer service from any airport to our meeting place. Anticipate renting a car if flying in for this weekend getaway.
This trip is rated Strenuous (5). We plan to climb for 5 hours or more on most days, with our summit day potentially exceeding 12 hours as we ascend about 5,000 feet then immediately descent the same route back to high camp. We will travel on steep and often exposed terrain, gaining over 3,000 feet in elevation our first day and dropping the same on the final day. We will travel at altitudes between 7,000 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.
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.
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.
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 – North Face Gear List
WeatherBase 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.
- Tent (2- or 3-person)
- Group cooking gear/kitchen (stoves, pots, etc.)
- Main climbing rope
- Climbing harness
- Backpack—internal frame, 80 liter minimum
- *Sleeping bag, 20º F minimum, down or synthetic
- *Sleeping pad: full length closed-cell foam pad or Therm-a-Rest
- *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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- *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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.