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Venturing Crew 491’s Epic Climb Up California’s Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta is a 14,162-foot monster in Northern California’s Cascade Range.

There’s a 7,000-foot elevation gain along the most popular route, and the slope gets as steep as a double-black-diamond ski trail.

The majority of the elevation push must be navigated in the early morning hours with headlamps in total darkness in the freezing cold, before the sun can weaken the ice and snow upon which you’re climbing.

Watch as Venturing Crew 491 of Glendora, Calif., tackles the summit of Mount Shasta, and then read more about their trek in the November 2011 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.

The Hike to Base Camp One

Venturing Crew 491 begins its assault on Mount Shasta. The first day begins at the parking lot at Bunny Flat. From there, the crew hikes to Base Camp One via a path called Avalanche Gulch.

The Hike to Base Camp Two

The trail gets steeper and steeper and snowier and snowier as the crew makes it way up Avalanche Gulch to Base Camp Two.

To the Summit, And Quickly Back Down

After delaying their summit attempt by one day due to extreme winds, the Crew finally makes it to the top before glissading their way back to the bottom.

15 Comments on Venturing Crew 491’s Epic Climb Up California’s Mount Shasta

  1. Eagle4Life // June 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm // Reply

    This trip was truly amazing. I recommend it for any High Adventure Boy Scout Troop or Venture Crew. Note: lots of training needed ahead of time. Set training goals for all participants (Youth and Adults), and if not met, will exclude them from participating.

  2. VC 491 vice president // March 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm // Reply

    It was tons of fun!!! and a little scary 🙂 but alltogether an awesome experiance

  3. mountaineering freak // March 4, 2012 at 10:10 am // Reply

    Yeah i love that peak it was really fun to climb

  4. mini hyper says // March 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm // Reply

    wow you guys must had a lot of fun and great job high venture crew

  5. looks cool, but i am on the other coast.

  6. brr! But it looks like fun!

  7. WOW REALLY joining venture scouts when i am older

  8. I’m climbing that too someday. Great job!

  9. You can exspect me to join Veturing!

  10. Good job Crew 149 . I bet it was fun

  11. Wow, you guys did it! that was an amazing climb. I am exciteed to climb that.

  12. Supertastic! Way to go 491!

  13. What an amazing adventure! I can’t wait to read more in Boys’ Life Magazine.

  14. WOW that looks really hard and fun!!!!!!! Great job High Venture Crew.

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