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.
Your trip begins today in Mount Shasta City. Meet your climbing guide(s) at the Fifth Season Mountain Shop at 8am. 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.
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.
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 1pm and 2pm. 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.
Note: On occasion if weather prevents us from making a summit attempt on day two, we may opt to change the summit climb until day three. If this occurs, we will be back to town very late on day three.
Mileage: ~3.5 miles; 2-4 hours. Elevation loss: ~2,500 ft.