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High adventure: Think you're ready to climb Mt. Shasta?

If climbing Mount Shasta is in your plans, here are some considerations. You will need two permits, available at either the Mount Shasta ranger station or at the trailhead:

 A wilderness permit that tells rangers where you are on the mountain and your climbing plan in case of an emergency. It's free.

 A summit pass for going above 10,000 feet. Below 10,000 feet, the Forest Service considers it a day hike. Once you're above 10,000 feet, you are on more technical routes. Cost is $15.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest's Mount Shasta ranger station is at:

204 W. Alma St.

Mount Shasta, CA 96067

Summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Information: (530) 926-4511 or

www.shastaavalanche.org

Climbers are required to have the following equipment: crampons, a helmet and an ice ax.

Permitted guides include:

 Shasta Mountain Guides - www.shastaguides.com

 Sierra Wilderness Seminars - www.swsmtns.com

 Alpine Skills International - www.alpineskills.com

Good Web sites about Mount Shasta:

 www.climbingmtshasta.org

 www.shastaavalanche.org

Good books to read:

 "Climbing Mt. Shasta: Route 1, Avalanche Gulch" by Steve Lewis (PhotograFix Publishing, $15.95, 174 pages)

 "Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills" (7th edition; Mountaineers Books, $29.95; 575 pages)

Mount Shasta by the numbers

 Bunny Flat trailhead elevation: 6,890 feet

 Hidden Valley base camp elevation: 9,300 feet

 Summit elevation: 14,162 feet

 Vertical gain from trailhead to summit: About 7,200 feet.

 Hiking distance, Bunny Flat to Hidden Valley base camp: Four miles

 Hiking distance, Hidden Valley to summit: Four miles

 Annual snowfall at 7,600 feet: About 400 inches

 2005 serious injuries on the mountain: 10

 Last death on the mountain: 2004

 Tons of human waste packed out each year: 2; there is a leave-no-trace policy

 People per year entering the wilderness area: 25,000 to 30,000

Source: U.S. Forest Service

View video clips of Kevin German's climb

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