Winter mountaineering instruction covered will include the basics of mountain safety, all aspects of snow camping, staying warm and winter first aid concerns. A large emphasis will be on avalanche awareness. Other technical skills such as ice axe self-arrest, crampon use, and basic roped travel will also be covered.
This winter mountaineering course includes an attempt of Lassen Peak, the southern-most Cascade Volcano. An adventure for anyone interested in the winter back country as a foundation for more advanced winter climbing, snowshoeing, or ski touring. Extend your summer backpacking season into the quiet time of year.
Location: Lassen National Park, South Entrance. Northern California, one and a half hours east of Redding, Ca.
Lodging Option: One night’s lodging for the night before we meet can be provided at the Mineral Lodge only minutes from the trail head (Subject to availability).
Food: At California Alpine Guides we strive to provide healthy and delicious meals. All meals, including lunch and hot drinks, are provided by your guide / back country chef. Special diets can be accommodated.
Level: Participants should be in good physical condition; no previous winter experience required, but some previous experience in hiking and backpacking required. Snowshoeing experience is helpful but not necessary. Intermediate back country skiing skills are required if you are planning on using skis. Give us a call if you have a question.
Dates 2008: Dec 19-21,
Dates 2009: Jan 17-19, Feb 14-16, Apr 10-12
We meet at 9:00 am at the Mineral Lodge in the hamlet of Mineral where we conduct a pack check and discuss proper winter mountaineering gear. After a short drive to the trail head we spend most of the day on a 4 mile snowshoe/ski into base camp near Beautiful Heather Lake just under Lassen Peak. The afternoon is spent learning how to build a "bomber" winter camp and discussing key winter skills as how to stay warm dry as well as winter cooking and hydration concerns.
After a warm breakfast we head off to summit Lassen Peak. Along the way we learn avalanche rescue skills and ice axe and cramponing techniques. During the summit attempt we will also cover basic ropework and snow climbing techniques. The view from Lassen Peak is spectacular and if we're lucky we will see Mount Shasta in the distance.
The morning is spent working on skills such as rescue shelters and winter white-out navigation before we start the journey back to the trailhead. Usually we arrive at the cars around 3pm.
Includes: All meals while in the back country. Group camping equipment, such as tents and cooking equipment. All technical climbing equipment (except footwear, snowshoes or skis), is provided.
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