Summit Shasta in 2 Days via Avalanche Gulch
This is a 2-day alpine climbing trip that will focus on a quick summit of Mount Shasta- a magnificent stratovolcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range- via the famous Avalanche Gulch route. The first day’s work will involve climbing up to a high camp around 9,500 ft elevation where you will make camp for the night, go over basic snow climbing techniques, and plan for the next morning’s summit. An alpine start on day 2 will get you to the top by late morning and back to the trailhead by early evening. This is an aggressive itinerary and proper training is essential to success!
Avalanche Gulch is our first choice for this itinerary. However, depending on conditions, our guides will occasionally select a different route to accomplish the same goals. If you are interested in modifying this trip with a ski descent, check out our private options!
Who Can Participate
This quick summit itinerary is perfect for climbers with excellent physical fitness and a tight schedule. Because this is a fast paced summit, we recommend that participants have prior mountaineering experience, but it is not required. There will be time set aside to introduce basic snow and ice climbing skills. Previous overnight backpacking experience is required.
- 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
- Guide Fees
The Alpenglow Difference
With countless expeditions to high-altitude peaks around the world over the last 15 years, we bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our beloved “home mountain”. Our teaching and guiding philosophy has been honed from the flanks of the Himalayan giants to the technical peaks of Peru, and we are beyond excited to be able to bring our program to this fantastic mountain. In addition to our international expedition roots, we are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), being one of the very few guide services in the region to hold such a high standard. Each of our guides is trained by the AMGA in the terrain in which they operate, and the program is supervised by internationally licensed IFMGA mountain guides. This high standard, along with our many years of experience, translates to a fantastic mountain adventure!