Mount Shasta/Avalanche Gulch


Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Shasta/Avalanche Gulch

A strenuous climb of a big California volcano.

  • Fri, May 24, 2024 — Mon, May 27, 2024
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb, Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,200 ft


This will probably be a 4 day trip - a day on the road (8-9hrs to the TH), and two days of climbing, then a day home again.  Leader will probably rent a car (splitting the cost), unless it turns out there's enough drivers amongst the party.  Basic climbing grads/Int students only, and please let me know what high altitude experience you have (Mt Adams or higher).  We'll pick either Avalanche Gulch or Casaval ridge (adjacent), depending on conditions, and spend a night at Helen Lake half way up.  This year looks like a high snow year in Northern California, so it may well be that late June will be better weather and still have good conditions. We will schedule this for two weekends (May and June) in the hope that the weather for one of them will be cooperative.  

Note also, there's a summit fee ($25) and rangers will ticket anyone above 10k without such a permit.  More details will be forthcoming, and adjustments to dates are possible if a day earlier or later is more convenient for participants/weather.


Mount Shasta/Avalanche Gulch

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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