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Sprawling across the southern end of the Cascades lies Mount Shasta, the fifth highest peak and one of the most stunning 14ers in the Golden State. This stratovolcano is home to amazing terrain and is a perfect location for getting introduced to glacier travel and the world of mountaineering. Let your experienced female guide show you the ropes of this thrilling sport and build a solid foundation of mountain skills with your all-female team consisting of like-minded ladies. Learn how to use an ice axe and crampons in an efficient manner and practice various mountaineering movements. Your guide may even introduce you to some crevasse rescue techniques! Mount Shasta also boasts the four largest glaciers in California: the Whitney, Bolam, Wintun, and Hotlum Glaciers. After preparing for a few days, you’ll attempt a summit climb on the Hotlum-Bolam Glacier. Head to Northern California, make your first foray into mountaineering, and you’ll get hooked in no time!
The views from Mount Shasta are simply incredible
Progress at an ideal pace on great terrain with an all-female team
Delve into the world of mountaineering on the second highest peak in the Cascades
Jump into the world of glacier travel and get introduced to the sport of mountaineering on Mt. Shasta. Let your female guide show you the most important mountaineering skills and teach you how to use an ice axe and crampons. Get familiar with a wide array of movements to prepare for a summit climb on the Hotlum-Bolam Glacier. With your team full of adventurous women, you’ll fall in love with mountaineering in the Golden State.
This adventure starts off after you arrive in the town of Mt. Shasta and check into your hotel. This is where you’ll meet your all-female team consisting of mountaineers and your female guide. You’ll discuss the adventure ahead of you over a welcome dinner in town.
Kick off the day with a delicious breakfast and your guide will carry out a gear check, where group gear allocations will be distributed. Once you’re done repacking your backpack, you’ll make your way to the trailhead and start your approach hike to basecamp. You’ll cover around a vertical gain of around 2,500 ft (760 m). Depending on the weather and other conditions, this hike may take 4-6 hours. Remember, you’ll be carrying heavy packs on your back!
Today will be one of the most important days since you’ll work on a whole bunch of mountaineering skills and do some snow climbing practice. After you’re done eating your breakfast at camp, you’ll spend most of the day practicing various movement skills, learn how to use ice axe and crampons and your guide will show you everything you need to know about team rope travel and team arrest. You may also be introduced to basic glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques. You’ll return to camp early, have dinner, and cap off the day with an evening briefing where the guide will discuss the plans for the summit day that’s ahead of you.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
The day begins with an alpine start, meaning that you’ll wake up around 2 or 3 am. The summit on Mount Shasta typically involves anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of ascending, and 4 to 5 hours of descending. This is a total of 12-14 hours of continuous movement! Make sure you are ready. The standard turnaround time is at noon for safety purposes. Spend the rest of the afternoon resting and relaxing at the camp.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Kick things off with breakfast and pack up your camp. You’ll descend back down to the road and start heading towards the town of Mount Shasta. Wrap up this adventure with a celebratory dinner in the town of Mount Shasta.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
It’s been almost a week and the adventure has unfortunately come to an end. Check out from your room and head home. There are no activities planned for today, but keep in mind that climbers in most cases choose to have a final team breakfast on their own.
Sunny is such a wonderful leader! I have gone on two expeditions with AWE and both were fantastic. The small group was a lot of fun. Sunny encouraged and challenged us throughout the trek, and had a high level of awareness and flexibility that made our trip safe and successful even when obstacles came up. I would highly recommend Sunny and AWE.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures on Mount Shasta, CA, please refer to the Official California State Government and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
What’s not included:
In order to participate in this guided intro to glacier travel for women on Mount Shasta, you need to be in excellent physical condition. Plan to be in your very best physical condition before a summit attempt. You should concentrate on endurance and strength training. You should be able to run a trail half marathon or hike 10-12 miles (16-19 km) while carrying 45 lbs (20 kg), without feeling extremely tired at the end of the day. You will spend four days on your feet encountering some mentally and physically draining technical routes as you climb on Mount Shasta. You’re expected to have previous hiking experience, while backpacking experience is helpful.
No mountaineering experience is required, but previous hiking experience is necessary, while previous backpacking experience is helpful. This is a great introduction to glacier travel and alpine climbing as well as a course and climb designed for the aspiring mountaineer who wants to build a solid foundation of mountaineering skills with the opportunity to climb a glacier route on Mount Shasta.
The team gear including ropes, mountaineering tents (double occupancy), kitchen equipment, team medical kit, and emergency communication will be provided by your guiding service.
When it comes to the technical gear, you’ll need:
Here’s a list of the personal equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
You can rent:
Mountaineering boots, large backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, helmets, gaiters, ice axes, and crampons from The Fifth Season.
The equipment rental location is in the town of Mount Shasta and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Introductory glacier travel courses on Mount Shasta can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A $500 deposit to secure your place is due upon approval of the participant’s request to join an expedition.The balance of program fees will generally be due 90 days prior to the starting date of the program. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
To get to Mount Shasta, most people fly into Rogue Valley International, only 1.5 hours away from the town of Mount Shasta. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus to get to the town. The closest airport, however, is Redding Municipal Airport, just an hour away. Some bigger airports include Sacramento International Airport and Reno-Tahoe International Airport, about 4 hours away.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you will meet your teammates and guide for a welcome dinner in town after you check into the hotel in the town of Mount Shasta. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.