I've found Steve Lewis's book to be an excellent resource for preparing anyone to climb Mt. Shasta. It contains much needed information that should prevent the type of incidents and injuries that the Search and Rescue team deals with on the mountain. A better prepared climber saves time, money, and unnecessary dangerous exposure to SAR team members. I highly recommend reading the book! -- Sgt. Dave Nicholson, Siskiyou Co. Sheriffs Dept.
I've found Steve's book to be the best reference available for preparing anyone to safely and successfully climb to the summit of Mt. Shasta using the Avalanche Gulch Route. -- Robin Kohn, Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Mt Shasta, CA
It is one thing to receive the many gifts the mountain can give, as my friend Steve has. An even greater thing is to share and teach that knowledge to others. Keep up the good work. -- Lou Whittaker, Expedition Leader & Rainier Mountain Guide Author, "Memoirs of A Mountain Guide"
This is a great book for the Mt. Shasta adventure. Steve's love of Mt. Shasta and his enthusiasm for climbing, makes the book easy reading and a great resource. -- Leif Voeltz, The Fifth Season Store, Mount Shasta, CA
This is unique for it is the most complete guide book I have seen anywhere. The information presented includes climbing techniques, weather, geography, flora, fauna, history safety, gear, and, of course, the route itself. Climbing Mt. Shasta is not so much a guide book as it is an introduction to mountaineering. I hope other guide book writers will pick up on Steve's idea, and write books that are as complete as this one. -- Northern California Trail Magazine; Chico, CA
What an exciting book Steve Lewis from Mt. Shasta has written! This book was written specifically for those who are motivated to climb Mt. Shasta for the first time. It contains detailed information for novice climbers and for experienced mountaineers who dream of reaching the Summit using the Avalanche Gulch route. But for those of us who don't feel the desire to go to the top, this book is packed with loads of information about the mountain's legends, lore, fact and fiction. Steve's really done his homework. There are maps, charts and exact guidelines for your trek to the top. The hazards of mountaineering are thoroughly stressed. Everything you may need to reach the "Summit" is explained in detail. I enjoyed some of the quotes used, such as, "Concentrate on your footing, not on your fear." Also, "Only conquer on foot what you feel you can conquer in your mind." Good advice for just walking on flat ground!!!! Climbing Mt. Shasta is an absolute hit!! Well done, Steve, and congratulations on going even farther than the "Summit." -- Dyana Wings of Wings Bookstore; Mt, Shasta City, CA