In the January 2014 issue of BACKPACKER, I invited readers to join me on California’s Mt. Shasta, one of the country’s most beautiful volcanic peaks. The climb will be a great adventure, of course, and it’s also a way to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing today’s youth. Participants will be fundraising for Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit that introduces urban teens to the outdoors.
A group of us will attempt the peak in June 2014 with guides from Shasta Mountain Guides and pro athletes from The North Face. We plan to reach the 14,179-foot summit via the crowd-free West Face. The readers who join the climb will get gear and training consultation from BACKPACKER editors, plus gear from our sponsors and cameos in a story about the climb.
How do you get on the team? Commit to raising $4,000, and register for the climb you prefer (June 5-7 or June 7-9). Darin Fearday, the Summit for Someone Director, will then approve you for your climb and help you to set up your donation page.
Your perks • Guiding and instruction from local experts • All meals on the trip • $750 worth of gear from BCM sponsors • Gear and fitness consultations from BACKPACKER Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter and other staff editors • Your picture in the magazine!
Best of all: Your fundraising will get under-resourced urban youth out on their own backpacking trips, where they’ll receive invaluable mentoring from adult volunteers. If your own love for the outdoors has inspired you to give back, you’ll never find a better opportunity. Let's do it together on Shasta.
To register for the 2014 Mt. Shasta climb, click here.
Editor in Chief - Backpacker Magazine
Mt. Shasta is a great challenge for beginner and experienced climbers alike. The snow-covered West Face is an ideal route for learning ice axe and crampon skills, and instructors from Shasta Mountain Guides will make sure everyone is prepared. Over the three-day climb we’ll set up a basecamp in remote Hidden Valley, where we’ll stage our (hopefully!) successful summit bid. The route offers a much less crowded way of reaching this very popular peak, with spectacular vistas the entire way.