Mt Shasta Summit & Ski Descent 1 Day
This single push summit attempt and ski descent of Mount Shasta is a massive undertaking. It involves climbing and skiing 7,000 vertical feet in a continuous push to get up and back to the trailhead without camping or taking lengthy breaks.
We'll start in the early hours of the morning (think middle of the night) and make a push for the summit, stopping only to refuel, rehydrate and adjust layers on our way to the summit. We will go as long as stamina and conditions allow, aspiring to top out at the summit of 14,179' Mount Shasta.
This day is not for the unfit or the weak of heart: it will test your limits as a ski mountaineer. This climb requires superb fitness, a solid understanding and proficiency with ski mountaineering efficiency and safety skills and a fast and light equipment kit. Your guide will set a minimum reasonable pace to complete the climb in a single push, but going slow is not an option on this climb. Going too slow will necessitate turning the around. Our partners at Pallas.io also offer training programs to help you build the fitness you need.
This program is offered exclusively as a private program with a maximum skier to guide ratio of 2:1. We're happy to help advise ski mountaineers if this program is appropriate for them, so please feel reach out to contact us about your fitness and ability level and the demands of this program.
Ascent and descent options include Avalanche Gulch, West Face, Brewer Creek, Clear Creek.
Ski Mountaineering Gear Guide
Gear Guide / Packing List
Backcountry Touring Gear
- Alpine Touring Skis or Splitboard - Light to Midweight Setup with “Tech Bindings”
- Alpine Touring Boots or Splitboard Compatible Boots; Scarpa F1
- Ski Poles - Lightweight, Adjustable Poles with Baskets; BD Expedition 3 Poles
- Climbing Skins - Mohair Mix is Best; Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix,
- Ski Crampons - Specific to your Skis/Board;
- Ski Strap - Voile Ski Strap or Similar
- Avalanche Beacon - Digital Avalanche Transceiver; Black Diamond Guide Recon BT
- Avalanche Shovel - Collapsible, Aluminum Shovel; Backcountry Access BT2 Shovel
- Avalanche Probe - Quickdraw Style Probe; Backcountry Access Stealth 300
- Climbing/Ski Helmet - Dual Rated Helmet; Petzl Sirocco or Black Diamond Vision
- Headlamp - LED headlamp with fresh batteries; Petzl Actik Core
- Climbing Harness - Light Alpine Harness; Petzl Altitude, Mammut Zephyr Altitude
- Two Locking Carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc
- Triple Action Locking Carabiner - Edelrid HMS Strike Triple FG Locking Carabiner
- Double Length Sling - Sewn Runner; Black Diamond 10mm Dynex Runner
- Belay Device - Tube Style Belay Device; BD ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso
- Crampons, Steel - Steel Crampons Compatible with Your Boots; Petzl Vasak
OR Crampons, Aluminum - Aluminum Crampons, Compatible with Your Boots
Please ask your guide which is appropriate for your objective
- Lightweight Ice Axe - An ultralight Axe for Steep Terrain; Petzl Ride, BD Raven Ultra
Head and Neck Layers
- Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat
- Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses with Side Coverage; Julbo Shield
- Goggles - Ski Goggles with a Storm Lens; Julbo Aerospace Reactive
- Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet;
- Neck Gaiter - Light to Midweight Neck Gaiters; Buff or your favorite Face Masks
***These Are Required as Covid-19 Face Coverings
Upper Body and Hand Layers
- Long Sleeve Base Layer - Lightweight, Synthetic/Wool; Patagonia SunHoody
- 2 Insulating Top Layers - Light to Midweight Insulation Layers; Patagonia R1 & NanoAir
- Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Patagonia Fitzroy or similar
- Hardshell Jacket, Hooded - Waterproof, Light, Gore-Tex, NOT insulated; Arc’Teryx Alpha FL
- Light Gloves - Light to Mid Weight for Warm Temps; Flylow John Henry Gloves, BD Tour
- Midweight Gloves - Mid to Heavy Weight for Cold Conditions; BD Legend
- Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic
Lower Body and Foot Layers
- Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata
- Underwear - Wool/Synthetic
- Long Underwear - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”; Patagonia Capilene Air
- Softshell Ski Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant Pants; OR Trailbreaker II
- Vented Hardshell Ski Pants - (Conditions dependent) Waterproof Pants for Extreme Weather
Food and Water
- Half Liter Nalgene Bottle - A Hard Sided Water Bottled ; Nalgene 16oz Wide Mouth Bottle
- Soft Water Bottle 1.5L - Flexible Water Bladder; Hydrapak Flux 1.5L
***Please bring at least one hard sided water bottle.
- Snacks & Lunch - enough food for a long day
- Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
- Lip Balm (with SPF)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toilet Paper
- First Aid/blister Kit
- Chemical Hand Warmers
- Hydration System - Flexible Water Bladder with Hose; Hydrapak, Camelback, Platypus
Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply all of the group gear for the trip, including:Ropes
Know Before You Go
Mount Shasta, CA
Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪
Ice axe and crampon skills are a prerequisite for participation in this program.
Mount Shasta is a strenuous physical challenge and doing it in a single, continuous push is reserved for skiers and riders with the ability to move quickly for thousands of feet and many hours. Skiers and riders who want to attempt this program need to be confident in their ability to climb over 7,000 feet continuously at a faster pace than skiers who attempt the summit over multiple days. Upon reaching the summit, skiers must still be able to descend in good style.
1 long day (Should be around 12 hours round trip).
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