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Mount Shasta 5-Day Mountaineering School

Learn mountaineering basics on Mount Shasta with Alpenglow Expeditions professional mountain guides
An early morning photo of mount Shasta covered in snow with a blue sky above

Mount Shasta 5-Day Mountaineering School

$1,995per person
Introductory 5 Days Mt. Shasta, CA
Climb Mount Shasta and learn the foundations of mountaineering from our Shasta mountain guides on the northeast side of Shasta (14,180’/4,322m) via the Hotlum Glacier. This 5-day Intro To Mountaineering course will teach you the mountaineering skills and knowledge needed to form a solid foundation for the larger, more complex mountains you want to climb, all while summiting the premier mountaineering peak of California, Mount Shasta!
May 9 – 13
Mountaineer peering into a crevasse on Mount Shasta during an Intro To Mountaineering course with Alpenglow Expeditions
Mount Shasta casting a shadow on the surrounding mountain ranges during sunrise on a guiding climb with Alpenglow Expeditions

This mountaineering school and North Side summit climb of Mount Shasta is designed to prepare aspiring mountaineers for high-altitude peaks around the world.

With two days of skills training on Mount Shasta’s Hotlum Glacier, it is the perfect opportunity to learn mountaineering skills here in California. The Northeast Side on Mount Shasta holds numerous complex routes that cross massive sheets of ice; perfect for glacial travel, crevasse rescue and snow travel skills work.


While a background in climbing is helpful, it is not required for this introductory course.


Excellent physical fitness is required. Climbers must be able to hike for many hours at a time while carrying a pack.
Day 1
Ascend to Camp

8:00am: Meet and Greet in Town and brief for your trip
10:00am: Depart for Brewer Creek or Northgate trailhead
11:30am-4:00pm: Hike to camp
4:00pm-8:00pm: Campcraft training, dinner, and an overview of the next day’s training
8:00pm: Bed

Day 2
Skills Training on the Glacier

7:30am: Breakfast
8:30am-3:30pm: Basic Mountaineering skills training
3:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner & evening training
8:00pm: Bed

Day 3
Skills Training on the Glacier

7:30am: Breakfast
8:30am-3:30pm: Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue skills training
3:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner & evening training
8:00pm: Bed

Day 4
Summit Bid via Hotlum Glacier

1:00am-3:00am: (conditions dependent) Alpine start
11:00am-2:00pm: (conditions dependent) Turnaround time
Back in camp by mid-afternoon

Day 5
Descend to Trailhead

7:30am: Breakfast
8:30am: Depart for trailhead
11:30am: Arrive at trailhead

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