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3-day Crevasse rescue course on Mt. Shasta (Hotlum Glacier) in California


Join a certified mountain guide for this scenic and informative 3-day glacier climbing and crevasse rescue course on the Hotlum Glacier of Mt Shasta. Learn all the necessary skills to conquer all the iconic volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy stunning views along the way.

Private and Group

Cascade Range

3 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep




  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Mt Shasta and northern California.
  • Learn basic and necessary crevasse rescue skills.
  • Hone existing mountaineering skills along the way too.


If you are getting ready for a mountaineering ascent of one of the Pacific Northwest’s massive and majestic volcanos, then heading to Mt Shasta is the best way to prepare!

Over the course of three days, we will learn and practice necessary skills that are needed to climb many of the most prominent peaks in the region, including Mt Rainier, Mt Hood or Mt Jefferson.

The course begins after we meet up and hike to our base camp at the foot of the Hotlum Glacier. Each day, we will venture up to the glacier’s ice falls and work on various different glacier climbing skills.

While we are on the mountain, we will spend our time covering roped team travel, self-arrest techniques, crampon and technical ice climbing skills; use and placement of anchors in snow and ice, crevasse self-rescue and crevasse rescue systems (both  ‘C’ and ‘Z’ pulley systems), ascending fixed lines and glacier route finding.

Unfortunately, there will not be enough time in just three days to make an ascent to the summit, but the skills you will learn on this course will prepare you for future glacier and ice climbing endeavors.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this informative and scenic 3-day crevasse rescue mountaineering course on Mt Shasta!


More info

Please contact us for a complete list of necessary equipment.

Meeting point

Mt Shasta, California

Equipment you will need to bring


Ice axe





Watter bottle

About the guide

Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.




Mount Shasta, California

What people are saying about SWS Mountain Guides

Loren Sweet


September, 2022

Had an amazing experience! What memories but must be honest, we were in over our head. Feel we were physically up to it but we went from sea level to 10,000 feet in 30 hours and it was a challenge to keep up. Some time to acclimate would have made a big difference. The guides were careful and supportive. We were outside our comfort zone for sure but also realize that made it so memorable! Thanks Loren

Jon Niswander


July, 2022

Life changing experience!!

Rising Percey


May, 2022

Our guides took 27 of us, all of different skill level and age range 12- 50. We all loved it! Professional, friendly, helpful and highly skilled. I highly recommend them.

Magdalena Bucka


April, 2022

This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!

Ken Manabe


February, 2022

The hike was great and I got exactly I wanted.

Kendra Grubb


August, 2021

Excellent experience with my guide Ben and SWS. Was able to summit Mt Whitney via the mountaineer’s route thanks to Ben’s understanding of the mountain and assessment of my capabilities. Great experience that exceeded my expectations.

Oz Pena


June, 2021

Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.

Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 851 Each

Group of 2

USD 851 Each

Group of 3

USD 851 Each

Group of 4

USD 851 Each

Group of 5

USD 851 Each

Group of 6

USD 851 Each

Group of 7

USD 851 Each

Group of 8

USD 851 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner



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