2020 Climb At Mount Shasta

Gear List & Meals
By Shasta Mountain Guides

Shasta Mountain Guides will supply tents, stoves, kitchen, main meals, summit passes and permits, ropes and climbing harnesses. Each climber supplies their personal gear; clothing, backpack, sleeping bag, and climbing equipment.

Everything on the equipment list is essential, both for your comfort and summit success. Please read it carefully and arrive properly equipped, or be prepared to purchase/rent locally. If you need rental equipment all of the items on the list marked with * can be rented at The Fifth Season - Trailmixer will be collecting a list from each participant on the first week of June. 

Your backpack will weigh approximately 40-45 lbs. We will all share in carrying the supplied gear items for the carry to base camp. (This will include a portion of a tent, stove, food, etc.)

SMG provides the main meals – breakfasts and dinners. They can accommodate many dietary restrictions if requested in advance, be sure to check let us know if you have allergies or food restrictions.

SMG do not provide lunch/snacks, so bring plenty of your favorite snacks for the hike to base camp, climb nutrition, and rest breaks. We recommend bringing snack foods that have a variety of carbs, fats, salts, and sweets. Please see equipment list for detailed recommendations:

Shasta Mountain Guides Equipment Checklist 

2-4 Day Summit Climb/Seminar

Provided is a comprehensive clothing and equipment list for our 2-4 day summit climbs. For your safety and comfort, please follow these guidelines diligently. Every item on the list is required, unless stated otherwise. Weather extremes may range from 0F to 85F. Versatility is the key to dressing properly, and layering allows you to do this efficiently. Bring only that which is necessary to avoid overburdening yourself with extra weight. Locally rentable items are marked with an * at The Fifth Season 

If you have questions about what to bring, leave behind, or equipment in general, please call or email us. There are many gear choices for alpine climbing and we know it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips from our guides who use and test this equipment extensively: 

  • In the spirit of alpine style climbing, we recommend that you think light and simple when packing and avoid doubling up on similar layers. Our packs will weigh 35-45 pounds depending on personal gear. 


  • The shell jacket and pants can either be waterproof aka “hardshell”, or water and wind-resistant, aka “softshell”. In general, hardshells are recommended early season (April-June), with softshells recommended late season (July-September), except during periods of inclement weather. When in doubt, bring both options and your guide will advise you which to bring based on the current forecast. 


  • The down/synthetic puffy insulated jacket is required for all trips. It is fit to be worn over all your additional layers. It should be lightweight and compressible but very warm. Good examples include the Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody or the BD Cold Forge. Lightweight puffy jackets like the Patagonia Micro Puff or similar are not sufficient but may be substituted as the mid layer instead. 


  • No Cotton. Cotton drains body heat when wet and is unsuitable for climbing; this includes briefs/bras, etc. Wicking layers like Capilene or Wool are best suited for high output activities in the mountains. Wool especially has become a great base and mid layer. Test your layers before a trip. One set of base layers is sufficient for multi day climbs. 


  • A thin, hiking specific sock is best; wool or synthetic. The boot provides the warmth; the sock fine tunes the fit. 

  • Bring an easily compressible down or synthetic mummy style sleeping bag rated to 15-25. If you are a cold sleeper, consider a bag with a 15F-5F rating. 


  • Mountaineering boots are required. Backpacking and hiking boots are not sufficient for the climb. Most people rent this item along with crampons and ice axe with great success. The Fifth Season has a vast selection for rent and we highly recommend this option. Double plastic or double leather/hybrid mountaineering boots are best early season (May to mid-June). Single leather/hybrid boots are best mid summer (mid-June to September). 


Shasta Mountain Guides Provided Equipment 

We will supply the items listed below. You are welcome to use your own tents or harnesses if you prefer. 


  • Tents. We supply 2 and 3 person mountaineering tents 

  • Main Meals (Dinner and Breakfast) Our meals are organic and delicious! Vegetarian meals are easily accommodated. We can partially accommodate vegan or gluten free. Contact us with your dietary needs. 

  • Ropes: we will be roped together on portions of the summit climb 

  • Harnesses: Black Diamond Alpine Bod 

  • All Summit Passes and Permits 

  • Friendly Guides and Instruction. All of our trips include review of mountaineering basics and skills necessary for the climb. Longer seminars have a thorough progression of alpine climbing techniques.


Personal Equipment and Clothing 

Items marked * are available to rent. 


  • Climbing Boots*: Double plastic (spring/early summer) or Leather/Hybrid (mid to late Summer) Mountaineering style only. Backpacking/Hiking boots are NOT suitable. 

  • Gaiters*: Mid-calf or to just below the knee 

  • Crampons*: step in preferred, hybrid OK 

  • Climbing Helmet*: bike, ski or other helmets are not suitable 

  • Ice Axe*: generally 60-75cm depending on height 

  • Trekking/Ski poles*: Collapsible preferred 

  • Expedition Backpack*: 65-80 Liter/5,000 cubic inch, internal frame 

  • Sleeping Bag*: Synthetic or down, rated to 20f minimum 

  • Sleeping Pad*: Air or closed cell foam pad 



  • 2-3 Pairs Hiking Socks: Wool or Synthetic lightweight 

  • Underwear: Briefs & Bras must be synthetic material 

  • Base Layer Bottom: Patagonia Capilene or Merino 1 or 2 

  • Base Layer Top: Capilene, Merino or other synthetic 

  • Mid Layer Top: Fleece/wool light to medium weight sweater 

  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant Pants: Hard or soft shell, uninsulated 

  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant Jacket: Hard or soft shell, uninsulated 

  • Insulated Jacket: Important! Down/synthetic fill. Medium/heavy weight 

  • Sun Hoody/Shirt: (optional) hoody or button-up style 

  • Lightweight Hiking Pants/Shorts: (optional) for hike to basecamp 

  • Fleece or Wool Hat: warm & covers ears 

  • Brimmed Sun Hat: Baseball cap style, visor, or other 

  • Buff: Face mask/neck gaiter: lightweight/breathable style 

  • Lightweight Gloves: Soft shell or fleece 

  • Insulated Gloves: Waterproof ski or mountaineering style 



  • Water Bottles: Nalgene-style quart bottles, 2 to 3. Water bladders are NOT allowed on climb - may be used for approach hike to basecamp only 

  • Eating Utensils: Cup, bowl, spoon only 

  • Headlamp with fresh batteries 

  • Sunglasses: Glacier or sport style. Dark lenses and full coverage 

  • Sunscreen and lip protection: 25 SPF minimum 

  • Personal Kit: Small quantity of toilet paper, towelettes, toothbrush, blister kit, personal medications, pocket knife, etc. 

  • Garbage Bag: for packing out provided solid waste kits aka “wag bags” 

  • Camp Shoes: Optional. Down booties in spring/early summer, very light shoes/sandals/flip-flops in summer 

  • Earplugs: Optional – we will be sharing tents on the mountain 

  • Phone/Camera: Optional but well worth bringing. No earphones during the climb please. Cell service is intermittent on the mountain. Consider a spare battery/charger as well. 

  • Snacks/food: Snacks only for climb/descent days. Light lunches for other days (see below). Bring a variety of small portions of carbs, fats, proteins and sweets. 
    Snack examples include: Clif Bars, Shots, or Blocks; energy/candy bars; hard or gummy candy; dried fruit, nuts; jerky, cheese, salty trail mix, etc. Many like to supplement breakfast with additional protein like nuts, jerky, cheese, etc. depending on needs and preferences. 



  • Day 1 on all climbs/courses: A perishable sandwich-style lunch is OK. There is often time to pick up a sandwich locally after gear check. Also bring a small selection of snacks. 

  • Day 2 on climbs/seminars that involve a move to a higher camp - (3-day): A non-perishable lunch, i.e. bagels/tortillas/crackers with cheese/salami or peanut butter etc. is nice to have, along with selection of other snacks. Alternately just bring a wide variety of snacks. 

  • For Descent Day - day three for West Face, North Side: 2-3 small snacks is usually sufficient. After breakfast we break camp, hike out, and are usually back to town in time for lunch.