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Venturing Crew 491’s climb up 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.


Comments about “Venturing Crew 491’s climb up Mount Shasta”

  1. Eagle4Life says:

    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 says:

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

  3. mountaineering freak says:

    Yeah i love that peak it was really fun to climb

  4. mini hyper says says:

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

  5. fs97 says:

    looks cool, but i am on the other coast.

  6. bob says:

    brr! But it looks like fun!

  7. Pack 190 says:

    WOW REALLY joining venture scouts when i am older

  8. Zach says:

    I’m climbing that too someday. Great job!

  9. woyo13 says:

    You can exspect me to join Veturing!

  10. Boy Scout says:

    Good job Crew 149 . I bet it was fun

  11. Good Job says:

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

  12. schnoodle says:

    Supertastic! Way to go 491!

  13. Maggie says:

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

  14. AWESOME says:

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

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