Spring is rocking on Mt. Shasta
By Shasta Mountain Guides
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We’re officially in spring mode. Warming temps, multi sport days, and the snowpack is beginning it’s creep up the mountain. We’re shifting into climbing season and most/all routes are in excellent condition. The weather is getting more reliable, but don’t be surprised when we see another cold front pass this way.
Dave Miller and Rich Meyer were here to lead our first Guide Training this year. As an IFMGA/AMGA certified guide, Dave is our Technical Director and keeps our staff honed for the challenges of climbing Mt. Shasta. Dave is a mountain professional and travels and guides among the great ranges of the world and looks forward to returning to Mt. Shasta each season.
Rich brings his expertise and perspective from over a decade of international adventure guiding. Fresh from the the Alps, Antarctica, and Chile; Rich is always excited to be back on the Shastahorn. We are extremely grateful to have such skilled staff leading climbs on Mt. Shasta. We spent several days learning, recreating, and enjoying the fantastic conditions on the mountain.
Cheers to Eric Layton who became the first American Splitboarder to pass the rigorous AMGA Ski Mountaineering Exam. Congratualtions Eric for this accomplishment. SMG Guides are the highest trained on Mt. Shasta. To get a glimpse of what Eric went through, check out this video he made of the exam. Bravo Eric!
We’ve had some great trips this Spring. Greg and Jacob were able to ski guide the Trinity Chutes with Luke who was especially stoked to ski this line.
Nick Caselli has been eager to get out on the rock and led Steve on the mega-classic Cosmic Wall in Castle Crags State Park. This alpine gem is a true adventure climb and a route we love in Northern California.
With summit climbs, ski trips, rock outings, and more there is no shortage of fun to be found in and around Mt. Shasta. We love this time of year, with great snow remaining the climbing will be good on the south side through June likely.
The only accessible trailheads are Bunny Flat and Clear Creek. Currently the snow level is just about 400′ from the parking area.