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Gear Checklist

Participants need a comprehensive collection of clothing, sleeping gear, footwear, climbing gear and other items to safely and comfortably climb Mt. Shasta.

Thanks to Shasta Mountain Guides for this excellent list! You will also have the opportunity to participate in a call with SMG to learn more about your gear and your upcoming adventure.

Items marked with an * may be rented in Mt. Shasta if they are not provided in the climber gear package.

Must-haves

  • Mountaineering boots—Double-plastic recommended, crampon-compatible*
  • Crampons—rental included in your climber fee
  • Ice axe—rental included in your climber fee
  • Climbing helmet—rental included in your climber fee
  • Large backpack—4,000 cubic inch minimum*
  • Sleeping bag—Synthetic or down, rated to 20F minimum*
  • Sleeping pad—Closed cell foam or Thermarest*
  • Trekking/ski poles
  • Light climbing harness—provided by Shasta Mountain Guides
  • 1 locking large carabiner
  • 2 pair hiking socks—wool or synthetic; no cotton!
  • Underwear—wool or synthetic; no cotton!
  • Light or medium-weight long underwear bottoms—wool or synthetic
  • Light or medium-weight long underwear top—wool or synthetic
  • Light or medium-weight sweater—wool or synthetic
  • Water-resistant shell pants—included in climber fee
  • Water-resistant shell jacket—included in climber fee
  • Insulated thermal jacket—down or synthetic
  • Gaiters—mid-calf minimum*
  • Fleece or wool hat—warm and covers ears; must fit under helmet
  • Brimmed sun hat
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt—light-colored synthetic
  • Light-weight liner gloves
  • Waterproof gloves—ski or mountaineering style, combination shell and insulation layer work best. Mitts are warm, but they hinder finger dexterity.
  • 2-3 water bottles—1-quart size
  • Eating utensils—cup, bowl, spoon
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries, spare bulb and extra batteries
  • Sunglasses—glacier type with side protection
  • Sunscreen and lip protection—SPF 25 or better
  • Personal kit—small quantity of toilet paper, towelettes, toothbrush, blister kit, matches/lighter, pocket knife
  • Stuff sacks and straps to organize gear
  • Light accessory cord—10-20 foot (for broken shoelaces, etc.)
  • 1 large garbage sack—to line the inside of your pack if it rains
  • Snacks—food for snow school plus all snacks, sandwiches, bars, electrolyte replacements, etc. for your summit attempt. Breakfast and dinner in camp will be provided.

Optional Gear

  • Fleece pants for basecamp
  • Camera
  • Camp shoes or booties for basecamp