During Climb week, you will stay at Mount Shasta Resort with the team and Breast Cancer Fund staff. Many climbers also have supporters join them in Mt. Shasta for all or part of the week.
We have included a sample itinerary here to give you an idea of the activities during Climb week that you can expect to participate in.
Saturday, June 17—Travel to Mt. Shasta
Check in time at the resort is 4:00 pm. Make sure to get plenty of sleep tonight. Snow School tomorrow!
Sunday, June 18—Snow School and Welcome Dinner
Meet at The Fifth Season to pick up rental gear and head out to snow school. After training on the mountain you will have time to clean up for our formal Welcome Dinner at the resort. You will meet the Breast Cancer Fund staff and enjoy a well-deserved feast.
Monday, June 19—Photo shoot and gear check with guides
The team will participate in a short photo shoot in the morning, followed by a gear check where you will meet your mountain guides. Your guides will make sure you have all the right equipment for your climb and answer any questions about gear, food, water, the summit attempt, etc. That afternoon, you will have time to relax and get focused for our big day, and get any last-minute items you need for the climb.
Tuesday, June 20—Hike to base camp
Hike from Bunny Flat trailhead to Horse Camp for lunch. Hike to Hidden Valley and establish base camp, review mountaineering techniques, have dinner and go to bed early.
Wednesday, June 21—Summit attempt
The team will wake around 1 a.m., eat breakfast and depart in rope teams of five climbers plus guides for the summit attempt via Mt. Shasta's west face. This is a long, full-day attempt, which will take from 12 to 16 hours round-trip. That evening will be spent back at base camp to relax…and celebrate!
Thursday, June 22—Return to civilization
After breaking camp and hiking down to Horse Camp, you will enjoy a volunteer-organized pancake breakfast. You will then hike down to the Bunny Flat trailhead to be welcomed by family, friends and Breast Cancer Fund staff and have lunch. You will have the afternoon to yourself, and the team will gather again for a community celebration dinner with loved ones, staff from the Breast Cancer Fund and Shasta Mountain Guides, volunteers and many members of the Mt. Shasta community who support Climb Against the Odds.
Friday, June 23—Climb debrief
After morning coffee we will meet to discuss what the Climb Against the Odds Experience has meant to each climber. This session can help to ease you back into the real world after your unique experience on the mountain. We will then have a farewell brunch together before heading home.