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Date Climbed: May 29, 2017


Altitude grabbed me at the top of the red banks! Coming back next year though
Posted Sep 8, 2017 11:23 am

HarvestRed Banks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2017


Red Banks Chimneys variation.
Posted Aug 2, 2017 3:09 pm

ericwillhite2nd time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2016


2nd time up Shasta, 1st time up Avalanche Gulch. Good route. Camped at Horse Camp...makes for long summit day but the later you are on the mountain, the softer and better the snow for the slide down.
Posted Jun 15, 2016 8:33 pm

SimkinAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2007


Clear weather. I think everybody who tried summitted that day. However the next day was foggy and everyone turned back.
Posted Jun 2, 2016 2:36 pm

Larry LavertyAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2016

Larry Laverty

Beautiful, sunny, warm, calm day. Route snow-covered, beginning to end. Hard on the way in, soft on the way out. For a moment, I imagined John Muir on the route during his historic climb.
Posted May 21, 2016 5:22 pm

tarushbaliAvalanche Gulch   Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2016
Lots of snow all the way from Bunny Flat Trailhead. Straightforward climb but is very crowded.
Posted May 8, 2016 6:14 pm

CallMeBrownLate season Shasta climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010
Tristan and I summited via Avalanche Gulch route. Spent night at Helen Lake and left for summit at 330a. Route above Helen Lake was icy and hard. To mix things up, ice climbed through one of the middle Red Banks chutes. Little to no snow above Red Banks made Misery Hill and summit pinnacle straight forward and painless. Down the route and back to car at Bunny Flat by noon.
Posted Feb 14, 2016 8:13 pm

colinrFinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2015


Finally got around to climbing Shasta. Busy weekend on the mountain, but I enjoyed a fun, scenic, and warm dayhike from Sand Flat, up AG, and then down the West Face Gully.
Posted Sep 8, 2015 3:47 pm

rossrleoneCheck in  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2015


Lucked out and got a winter accent of mt Shasta in
Posted Jul 28, 2015 7:32 pm

lzpupQuick Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2015


Drove all night from San Diego , hit breakfast at hi/lo. Left trailhead at 9, long stop and Horse camp. mellow pace , hit snow about 3/4 mile up from horse camp , stayed on left in gully to Helen Lake. 5 tents or so, great sleep. Should have stuck to early start plan, left camp at 6. Recommend 4. Hit banks 2 from climbers right. Summit! warm as heck on way down, postholing on misery hill. Went almost all the way climbers right, but berg pulled most out on top so we went one from right then cut through rocks.. glisade all the way to camp (thankfully). So hot, applied sunblock tons, but did not get lips.. stupid and sucks. boiled , packed and walked out. Great trip. Met a 68 year old women killing it on the climb!!
Posted Jun 13, 2015 6:56 pm

Bill562Skied  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2015


From 9600 camp, this one would have been better as a day trip.
Posted May 25, 2015 11:00 pm

ScottyPMany times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2007


Many, many times
Posted Oct 26, 2014 4:50 pm

yadahzoemtnBeautiful Shasta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2014


35 mile an hour winds on our summit bid. But we made it.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 7:43 pm

mrchad95x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2013


Ticked off December for a climb of Mount Shasta during every calendar month over a period of several years. This trip was cold, dark, and frankly horrid climbing even without the -38 wind chill in the forecast. Chose this route simply to minimize the wind... think I'm done with this area for Decembers!

Also nice overnight trip in fairly cold but good conditions on February 2, 2013. Went left of The Heart which was a lot more interesting when traversing under the Red Banks than the standard route.

Also got my first winter ascent in after many trips up the mountain on January 20, 2013. Great conditions... long dayhike.

And did this route on June 7, 2003 and August 7, 2005.
Posted Dec 11, 2013 5:00 pm

cliffmgood stuff  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2013


great mountain.
Posted Apr 23, 2013 8:15 pm

DrHillFirst real mountaineering experience  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010


With the little brother, camped at Helen's lake. Greatness.
Posted Apr 19, 2013 11:20 pm

ShastaAvalanche Gulch, A Classic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012


Second time on the mountain. First successful summit. Looking to climb the Casaval Ridge next month. Can't wait to try that route out.
Posted Feb 10, 2013 11:56 pm

FletchTurned back twice
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2009


in winter conditions. I see where the route gets its name...
Posted Dec 26, 2012 2:25 pm

kteichertBeast!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012


Definitely the least technical way to climb Shasta. The soft dirt under the rocks is a pain to navigate cuz the slopes are so steep and the angle of repose of the rocks is at a treacherous level. I didn't like the red ledges at all. I thought they were nerve racking. But that mountain was a beast to climb
Posted Aug 3, 2012 8:50 pm

WendellatorSecond Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2011


Tried to climb in march,had white out conditions.Came back in June to a beautiful blue bird day and had a great climb.Clear skies Good snow pack.
Posted Jul 1, 2012 2:42 pm

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