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Mount Shasta West Face Climb

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Climb Mount Shasta: 3-Day West Face Climb

$1,595per person
Intermediate 3 Days Mount Shasta, CA
Climb Mount Shasta via the secluded West Face while learning important mountaineering skills from our California mountain guides. Spending 3 days on the peak is the ideal amount of time to learn basic mountaineering skills and also take a crack at the summit, while basing out of the quiet, beautiful Hidden Valley, California.
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This 3-day Mount Shasta West Face climbing excursion is the perfect blend of a skills course and summit climb.

We’ve found that this amount of time offers the highest success rate for teams, while still covering all the skills required to efficiently climb Mount Shasta peak.

Mount Shasta West Face Climb Itinerary

On day one, you’ll ascend to Hidden Valley, where you will set up camp, go over basic snow climbing techniques, and brief for the next day. With an alpine start on day two, your route takes you up the West Face and on towards the summit of Mt Shasta. Summiting around midday, you’ll descend back to camp for a leisurely afternoon/evening enjoying the magnificent views from camp and a tasty dinner. Day 3, you’ll have a relaxed breakfast at camp, and then descend down to the trailhead.

Mount Shasta‘s West Face is our first choice for this itinerary. However, depending on conditions, our guides will occasionally select a different route to accomplish the same goals. Click here to see our Avalanche Gulch option.

MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS COVERED WHILE CLIMBING MOUNT SHASTA:

– Basic snow climbing, including the use of ice axe and crampons, as well as self-arrest
– Basic rope techniques

WHO CAN CLIMB MOUNT SHASTA‘S WEST FACE:

This trip is the ideal first introduction to big mountain climbing. No previous climbing experience is required. Previous hiking experience is required.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR MOUNT SHASTA WEST FACE CLIMB:

– Food on the mountain
– Group Gear: Tents, Camp Kitchen, etc. (Does not include bowl, fork, spoon, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad)
– Ropes and other Technical Equipment (Does not include mountaineering boots)
– Wilderness Permits
– California Guide Fees

Technical Experience
No previous technical experience required to climb Mt Shasta.
Fitness
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 Hidden Valley

8:00am: Meet and Greet in Town, briefing
9:30am: Depart for Bunny Flat 6,880 ft
11:00am-12:00pm: Lunch break at Horse Camp 7,880′
3:00pm: Arrive Hidden Valley, 9,200′ and set up camp
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Climbing training
5:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner, Climb briefing, packing
8:00pm: Bed

Total Mileage Bunny Flat to Hidden Valley: ~3.5 miles
Total Elevation Gain Bunny Flat to Hidden Valley: ~2500′

Day 2
Summit Attempt via West Face

Alpine start (1:00am-3:00am, conditions dependent)
Turnaround time (11:00am-2:00pm, conditions dependent)

Total Mileage: ~8 miles
Mount Shasta Summit Elevation: 14,180′
Total Elevation Gain Hidden Valley to Mt Shasta Summit: ~5,000′

Back at Hidden Valley camp (9,200′) by mid-afternoon

Day 3
Descend to Trailhead

7:30am: Breakfast
9:00am: Depart Hidden Valley and hike to Trailhead
12:00pm-1:00pm: Arrive at Trailhead

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