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Climb Against the Odds

BCPP’s annual mountaineering expedition Climb Against the Odds welcomes both novice and expert climbers to summit Mt. Shasta’s 14,179-ft. peak as a collective effort to prevent breast cancer, and a personal challenge to beat the disease.

Team 1: 2020 Redux (June 9-13) Recap

Team 2: 2021 (June 14-18) Recap

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By the numbers: Mt. Shasta climbs

  • 16 Climbs
  • Over 430 climbers have ascended 226,864 vertical feet
  • Over $5.6 million raised for breast cancer prevention

Important update

BCPP is steadfast in our commitment to the health of the planet and its people. We will be tracking all federal, state, and public health guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. If it is unsafe or not recommended that we gather for the event in June, we will postpone. If you are unable to make the rescheduled date, a full refund for any fees paid will be issued.

All are welcome

The route is a three-day climb of Mt. Shasta, guided by Shasta Mountain Guides. We are asked often if mountaineering experience is necessary to join the Climb Against the Odds team. Our answer is NO way! Novice and advanced hikers, trekkers and climbers are all encouraged to apply. We support each climber’s journey to reach their personal goal. Bear in mind the physical challenge is significant and should not be taken lightly.

Preparation

The key to your success on the mountain will be your commitment to significant aerobic, strength, and flexibility training. We provide you with a 12-week training plan and online training materials. The first day of your climb includes snow school, a one-day beginners’ mountaineering course where you will learn and practice the use of your ice axe and crampons, extensive self-arrest techniques, and how to climb while roped together in small teams.

Fundraising

Climbing is great, but making an impact is even better! Team members will raise at least $6,000 in donations for BCPP, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We provide support for all your fundraising efforts with tools, tactics, and education to get you going and help you reach your goal. With effort and determination, almost all of our climbers surpass their fundraising goals. Love goodies? We do too. With the help of our sponsors, you’ll be gifted around $1,500 worth of outdoor gear that you get to keep! The $1,200 registration fee for the climb includes: shared lodging (2 nights at resort, 2 nights on the mountain), most meals, snow school, a 3 day fully guided climb including all technical rental gear. The fee does not include transportation to Mt. Shasta, insurance, a sleeping bag, or pad.

Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Mt. Shasta. Pick up climb rental gear at Fifth Season. Check in to provided accommodations at 4pm. Welcome dinner at 5pm.

Day 2

Meet at Shasta Guides for gear check. Head to trail head to begin hike to base camp. Snow school on the mountain at base camp.

Day 3

Summit attempt. 1am breakfast and departure for summit attempt. 12-16 hours round trip. Back to base camp by evening to celebrate!

Day 4

Break camp and hike back to the trailhead to be welcomed by family, friends and BCPP staff. Evening community celebration dinner.

Day 5

Breakfast and check out.

Happy friends holding each other

Most cases of breast cancer are preventable.

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