Mt. Shasta via Hotlum Bolam Ridge Route
Northside Summit Ascent via Hotlum Bolam Ridge - 3 Days
3 days /2 night / Cost: $950.00
Our intermediate mountaineering ascent of the Hotlum Bolam Ridge Route is designed to increase climbers experience on moderate alpine routes found on Mt Shasta and other Northwest Peaks. Intermediate climbers will experience a more technical and steeper route to the summit of Mt Shasta. Enjoying the spectacular views into far Northern California and Southern Oregon and on clear days views of the Southern Cascades as far as Mt. Hood. Recommended for this ascent is previous Ice Axe, and Crampon skills. Includes instruction and review of the following techniques; Ice ax self-belay, self-arrest, glissading, basic crampon use, with the introduction of the following intermediate techniques; use of the rope, team self-arrest, quick safety belays, snow, and ice anchors, and rope team travel. Additional topics may include, pacing on steeper terrain, route selection, alpine weather, and alpine route decision making. An excellent course & climb for the next step in your alpine education.
Itinerary: After meeting at 8:00 am on the first day at our Mt Shasta office, we will conduct a complete pack check and divide up the group gear. We will then carpool to the trailhead at Northgate, (7,000 feet) on Mt Shasta’s north side approximately an hour to an hour and a half drive. From here we will hike to our high camp (10,300 feet) at the base of the Hotlum Bolam Ridge. The afternoon will be spent acclimatizing and reviewing the use of ice ax, crampons, snow anchors, and rope team travel. We will then retire early in preparation for an alpine start on summit day (up by 1-2:00 am) for the climb up the Hotlum Bolam Ridge Route. After arriving at the summit, we will climb back down Hotlum Bolam Ridge Route to our high camp for the night. Next day we will pack up our gear and return to Northgate Trailhead by 2:00 - 3:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE - This is a best-case scenario. This itinerary is subject to change at the guide’s discretion and is dependent upon mountain conditions, group experience/expectations, and other factors we cannot anticipate.
Departure City: Mount Shasta, California
Group Size: Limited to 6 clients
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:3
Experience Level: Intermediate mountaineers in excellent physical condition. Previous experience in crampon, ice ax use, and basic rope skills needed or Basic Mountaineering Clinic as a prerequisite.
Recommended Clinics: Basic Mountaineering Clinic
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