Read these recommendations from Shasta Mountain Guides.
Itinerary and Equipment List
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to be in good shape?
A: Yep. Take SMG's recommendations seriously.
Q: Do I need previous mountaineering experience?
A: No. Backpacking experience helps. Most people on the team
Q: If that's the case, how will I know what to do?
A: Our guides will teach you basic climbing and safety skills.
Q: What do I eat?
A: The guides cook our meals in camp. For the climb, you need
to bring food of the same general type you would take on a
hike, and plenty of it. Read more here.
Q: Do I need everything on the Equipment List?
A: Yep. If you are a mountaineer, you probably have your own
list. Ours was put together by the guides, who know what
they're doing. They will inspect your gear and if you're
missing something you'll have to get it at the last minute.
Q: What if I don't own some of this stuff? It's not cheap.
A: Certain items will be rented for you by ALF. Those items
are listed on the Equipment List. You can rent other items
from The Fifth Season. If you have questions, send an
email to email@example.com. Or call SMG or
The Fifth Season.
Q: I'm goal-oriented and I really want to get to the summit.
A: If you're fit and the weather's good, you'll have a good shot.
If weather or snow conditions are bad, maybe not. It's not
as important to get to the top as it is to get safely back to
Traditionally, climbers who live in the Bay Area get together to train on a few occasions in March, April and May.
This is a great way to get to know your fellow climbers prior to climb weekend.