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Client/Guide Ratio: 4:1

All guide's auxiliary and group climbing gear, all group camping gear: tents, stove, fuel, cook kit and 3 mountain dinners.

Does not include:
$25 USFS Summit Pass. Annual passes are available for $30.

Operating under Special Use Permit, Shasta/Trinity National Forest

Mt. Shasta Climbs & Seminars

Mt. Shasta, Glacial Ice Seminar     4 Day

Are you aspiring to visit the Canadian Rockies, Andes, Denali, Mt. Blanc, or other glacial ranges? The Shasta Glacial Ice Seminar teaches all the important techniques of glacier travel and the contemporary tricks of "big mountain" climbing.

On the Hotlum or the Whitney Glaciers of Mt. Shasta we practice both French and front point ice climbing techniques. We cover crevasse rescue and fixed-rope climbing and explore innovative systems of climbing in alpine style. This four-day seminar culminates in an ascent of the mountain by an aesthetic north-side route.

Cost: $825

Aug 7-10, 2018   (Tues-Fri)
Aug 27-30, 2018   (Sat-Tues)

Day 1 - Meet at the Shasta Basecamp at 8:00am. We will conduct orientation, gear check, group gear distribution (about 5 lbs. per person), packing technique, review emergency plan and shuttle to Northgate Trailhead on the more remote north side of the mountain.

We will then pay the USFS Summit Fee in the drop box and begin the approach hike to the Hotlum or Whitney Glacier, conditions dependent (5-7 hrs.). General mountain travel and pacing skills along the way. Campsite selection and construction.

Day 2 - Ice axe, crampons, snow & ice climbing skills with emphasis on self belay and pied a plat French crampon technique. Harness and rope for braced and anchored belays, hazard recognition, assessment and management.

Day 3 - Roped glacier travel skills, crevasse rescue skills and steep serac ice climbing with front point technique and piolet traction. Safety planning and route planning for summit ascent.

Day 4 - Very early pre-dawn start with headlamps for a summit ascent and back to camp. Break camp and hike out back to the trailhead. Traditional course closing.

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