Mountaineering Rental

The Fifth Season’s selection of rental mountaineering gear is second to none. We have a wide selection of boots for just about every foot size and shape. Our boots are washed, cleaned and sanitized after each use. For the multi-day, glacier outing we offer Lowa Civetta and Scarpa Inverno double plastic boots. For quick ascents and lighter tastes we offer light weight leather boots including Lowa Mountain Expert, Salewa Vultur Evo GTX and more. This tremendous selection of models assures you of the best experience.

We carry a wide selection of crampons for the best fit when using our rental boots or your own boots. If you use your own boots be sure to bring both boots so we can fit them individually. If you use your own boots they must be crampon-compatible. Light hiking or backpacking boots will not provide a safe foundation for crampons.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, we don’t take online reservations during the winter. You can call the shop if you’re planning for a spring or summer trip.

Mountaineering FAQ

Do I Need to Rent Boots?

We strive for you to have the best experience on the mountain.  A fully shanked mountaineering boot is ideal for climbing Mount Shasta.  If your boots are for “general hiking,” more than likely you will need to rent boots.  This is for two reasons, 1) we recommend using semi-automatic crampons which need a rigid sole for the crampon to be safely attached and 2) a mountaineering boot will allow you to kick steps and walk on rocks comfortably.

Will Crampons Work With My Own Boots?

If your boot is made for mountaineering then, yes!  If you are using a “general hiking” boot and the sole of the boot is “flexible” or not shanked, then no.  You will need a boot that has been designed for mountaineering purposes.  This is ensure your safety and confidence on the mountain.

What Do I Need to Bring on My Trip?

The weather can change very quickly on Mount Shasta and it is always best to be prepared.  Here is a list of recommended gear to bring on your climb.

Gear List (Click Here)

Can I Pick Up My Gear Early?

Yes, you can pick up your gear after 4 pm on the evening before your climb, and you will not be charged for that day.  This works great if you plan to start your climb before we open in the morning.

What If I Return After You Close/ Before You Open?

For all Mountaineering gear we have a night drop in the back of the building for your convenience.  There is a simple form to put your name on when you drop off the gear in the nigh drop box.  Please remember this is for after hours gear drop off. All gear being dropped off during store hours must be brought into the store.

Alpine Touring Rentals MUST be brought into the store.  You WILL be charged for damages to any of the following equipment if put into our after hours drop box:  Transceivers, Probes, AT Skis or Splitboards.

What Will the Weather Be For My Climb?

Mount Shasta is a big mountain!  And the weather can change on it very fast no matter what the season is.  We recommend keeping an eye on our weather page, or calling our mountain report to find out what the conditions will be as the date of your climb approaches.

Mountain Report (Click Here)

Do I Need a Parking Permit?

No,  Currently it is free to park at any of the trailheads for climbing Mount Shasta. However, a free Wilderness Permit can be filled out at any trialhead.

You will need a Summit Permit to travel above 10,000 feet.  Which you can pick up at The Fifth Season, the local Forest Service Office, or at the trailhead you will be leaving from with correct change or a check.

For more information on Mountain Permits (Click Here)

Do I Need a Climbing Permit?

Yes,  you will need a Summit Permit to travel above 10,000 feet on Mount Shasta.  For more information: Climbing Permits (Click Here)

What Is a One Day Rental?

A one day rental is either, one business day (8 am – 6 pm), or overnight with a pick-up time after 4 pm and a return time before 6 pm the following day.