Castle Crags Battle Mountain
Plumb line IV 5.10a
Mt. Shasta, California
Castle Crags State Park, CA. — Car Camping or Motels
1 day / Cost: $225.00 / per person with 2 Climbers
1 day / Cost: $345.00 / per person with 1 Climber
Even as a guided rock climb there is very little about Plumbline that comes easy. From the approach to the climb to descent and returning to the car this route takes effort. Those willing to undertake these efforts will find one of the most underrated and rewarding multi-pitch climbs around.
A guided rock climb of Plumb Line starts by meeting the afternoon before to prepare with your guide and allow for an alpine start the following day. A 2.5+ hour approach brings the group through a faint and strenuous trail to the base of Battle Mountain on the Southern aspect of Castle Crags. From here a short 3rd class scramble brings climbers to the base of the route. This eight-pitch climb takes up a dike and crack system for over 1,000 feet of fantastic and memorable climbing.
The first seven pitches of climbing at a sustained 5.8 and 5.10a level. The route starts with mostly face and dike climb which can be run out for sections and moves into a corner crack system with better protection. The climb then ascends straight up the peak until finally giving way to easier 5th class climbing on the final pitch.
The best time to climb this route is in the Spring or Fall as the southern exposure gets sun all day. We recommend April 1st thru Mid May and Late Sept to Early November.
For the safety of both the guides and climber, we may ask persons who have not climbed with California Rock Guides or SWS Mountain Guides before may be called upon to participate in a Pre-Climb Clinic to assess and review skills.
Departure: Mt. Shasta, California
Group Size: Limited to 2 clients
Guide to client ratio: 1:2
Experience Level: Solid rock climbing skills, ability to follow 5.10, knowledge of proper knots, belays, and excellent physical conditioning.
Best Season: Plumbline climbed in Spring and Fall.
Pre-Climb Rock Clinic: Available one day before the climb