My first major mountaineering experience is coming up this weekend. I will be climbing Mt. Shasta, a 14er (14, 179 ft or 4322m) peak in Northern California. It will be a 3 day climb, complete with full mountain gear, crampons, ice axe, and a 2 am alpine start on summit day! Summit day is expected to be 14-16 hours of sustained effort. En route on day 2, there will be some training on the use of crampons, ice axe, self-arrest and such.
I’m psyched. I’ve been dreaming of such an experience for a while now.
I hope I have a fun trip, summit, and return down safe and sound.