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Mount Shasta Climbing Rangers

Joe Delaporta, Climbing Ranger

Joe started with the Mount Shasta Climbing Ranger program during the Spring of 2021 and has integrated well into the team. He finds value in providing the public with useful information, so they can make more informed decisions while recreating in the mountain environment.  Joe grew up in New England and started skiing, snowboarding, and hiking around the White Mountains of New Hampshire at a young age. He attended college at Northern Vermont University in Lyndon, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership. Since College, Joe has been working for the US Forest Service seasonally as a Wilderness Ranger & Trails, mainly based out of Leavenworth, WA. He spends his winters working as a Professional Ski Patroller & Snow Safety at Mission Ridge Ski Area.  Joe holds his Avalanche PRO Level 1, Wilderness First Responder, and has completed a Winter Weather Forecasting course with the American Avalanche Institute.  In his spare time, he enjoys splitboarding along the Cascades, trail running, and making strong coffee.






Nick Meyers, Climbing Ranger

A Northern California native who grew up in Graeagle, CA, Nick Meyers was appointed Lead Climbing Ranger and Avalanche Forecaster in 2010.  His career on Mount Shasta began as a summer internship back in 2002 while attending Feather River and Western State College for a degree in Recreation Leadership and Business.  Nick’s mountain sense and technical skills have developed and evolved much from his own personal climbing and ski missions.  Nick has scaled the Dolomites, skied Colorado’s 14ers and motorcycled the deserts and mountains of the Western United States on his dirt bike.  His adventurous spirit and fearless leadership commands our team of rangers in the high stress and high risk operations of Search and Rescue on Mount Shasta. Nick is also the Director of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center, issuing avalanche advisories and teaching awareness and companion rescue courses for the winter months.  

Recently, Nick somehow landed the front cover Popular Mechanics! From that a couple articles ensued. Click on the links below to check them out and learn more about Nick!

Forrest Coots, Climbing Ranger

Forrest was raised in Mount Shasta and while his ski travels have led him around the globe, he has returned home every summer since 2006 to work as a climbing ranger for the US Forest Service.  While earning a degree in Political Science from University of Nevada Reno, Forrest joined the Forest Service fighting fires as a helicopter crew member and hotshot.   Forrest was also a competitive ski racer and a big mountain athlete thereafter.  He now spends his winters as a professional ski mountaineer for Arcteryx and Dynastar, splitting time between trips in Mount Shasta, CA and Chamonix, France.  Featured in several publications and industry films, Forrest has ski descents from local stashes in the Trinity Alps and as far as the exotic mountains of Kashmir.            

Ryan Lazzeri , Climbing Ranger

The US Forest Service team and Mt Shasta community would like to extend a warm welcome to Ryan Lazzeri. Ryan applied for and received a permanent position with the USFS Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and Climbing Rangers this past fall 2021. Ryan cut his teeth on the other 14,000-foot Cascade volcano: Mount Rainier. He spent six seasons there as an NPS climbing ranger and helicopter rescue team member, performing routine mountaineering patrols, protecting the mountain and its visitors, and rescuing stranded and injured climbers. During this time he spent eight winters ski patrolling, first at Mount Bachelor, OR, and then in Telluride, CO, where he also worked as a backcountry ski guide. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, he started skiing and hiking in the mountains at a young age. In college, while guiding mountain biking tours in the summer, Ryan discovered that it’s possible to make a living outside doing fun things. He’s been doing this since and loving it. Ryan is an EMT, PRO 2 avalanche certified, an AMGA assistant ski guide, and has over 200 hours of professional technical rope rescue training and experience. He has also climbed and skied throughout the Western U.S. In his free time he enjoys long rock climbs in the alpine, playing music, and floating down rivers, which he believes is the perfect metaphor for life. 

Ryan Sorenson, Climbing Ranger

Ryan grew up in northern Wyoming learning from an early age to snowboard, ski, and climb in the Big Horn Mountains, the Tetons, and the Beartooth Range of Montana. Ryan followed his passion for the outdoors and moved west in 2008. He graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in environmental science where he also was a successful collegiate runner.

Beyond college, his aspirations focused on leading and studing in an alpine environment. His desire for mountaineering, climbing, and back country snowboarding and skiing led him to Mt. Shasta where he was able to hone his guiding skills and share his passion and expertise of traveling in the mountains. Ryan guided for Shasta Mountain Guides for three summers and worked a short stint as a professional ski patroller in Tahoe. In 2015, Ryan was drawn to the Sierra Nevadas, moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, and guided full time for International Alpine Guides.

Ryan has since moved back to Mt. Shasta to forecast for the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center, issuing avalanche advisories and teaching awareness and companion rescue courses for the winter months. Ryan has a quiet, yet humble and professional demeanor with an excellent mountain sense and an adventurous spirit. When not working, he can be found running the trails, fly fishing and even learning to surf.