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Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2014


Plenty of snow and the route was good. Unfortunately I was injured prior to the climb so I only made it up to our high camp. My kids went a little further to check out the gendarme's and the catwalk and then returned to camp. Temps just above 0 deg and winds pretty high on first day. Beautiful route that I returned to do in 2015, but a recent heavy snow on top of a hardened crust left lots of unconsolidated snow conditions. Climbing rangers advised against an ascent so we climbed in Yosemite.
Posted Sep 10, 2015 11:35 am

endo.the.timbersolo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2015


12 hrs from bunny flat to summit. Took my time since I'm coming from sea level with no chance to acclimatize.
Posted Mar 8, 2015 9:22 am

Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2014


Got a sour stomach around 10.5k and had to pack it in. Will be back for blood.
Posted Aug 11, 2014 1:19 am

96avs01Great Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2014


Good snow coverage, but thin...not sure how long it will hold up. Catwalk already partially/fully melted out in a couple spots. Skis would have been ideal for descent as the snow hasn't fully consolidated and as such descent on foot/snowshoes really sucked. Surprised by how few climbers we saw given the conditions, lots of skiers getting turns though. Season will definitely be moved up a bit this year, my guess would be a month ahead of normal.
Posted Apr 14, 2014 4:22 pm

WayneFryCasaval classic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2014


Climbed with a team of eight from SMC. Weather shut us down on the first day but not on the second. Perfect weather and great snow conditions. The finish at the top of the ridge is a true classic.
Posted Apr 9, 2014 1:35 am

sangusPerfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2013


Casaval Ridge was melted at the hourglass and catwalk so we took the ridge as far as we could then cut over to the west face. The weather was perfect almost no wind except a little on the summit plateau.

It's looks like Green Butte and Casaval are done for the season. Avalanch Gulch still had plenty of snow. Misery Hill was almost completed melted and the switchbacks were exposed.

We also had a full moon! That gave us some awesome night views. Climbed with a party of 8 with Sierra Mountaineering Group.
Posted Apr 29, 2013 2:51 pm

FlaaenPCasaval in may  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2012


Really fun climb with some of my best friends. Pretty icy, difficult route finding, the catwalk was sketchy, and sulfur vents at the summit plateau nearly made me vomit. Almost didn't make the summit. But it was way fun. Great glissading down the gulch.
Posted Apr 3, 2013 2:46 pm

mrchad92x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2013


Solo dayhike the first morning up, a bit thougher breaking trail the whole route without acclimating but it was well worth it. Just a bit of snow remaining on the catwalk still. By weather the following day proved the dayhike to be a good decision.

First climbed on May 1, 2011 as an overnight, lots of snow on the route that year and clear blue skies, just a little wind. The views were fantastic.
Posted Mar 31, 2013 11:04 pm

jtreeFirst time!  Sucess!


My brother and I climbed the Casaval Ridge as our first climb of Shasta. Great Route, great time, great weather. We spent the first night at 9800 and summited the next day and came back to spend the night again at high camp.
Posted Jun 24, 2012 12:23 am

santanoniGood time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2012


Good conditions all around, found the snow slopes a little easier than expected and catwalk just as sketchy as expected.
Posted May 29, 2012 5:50 pm

Vinnydenied : (


Ski attempt with Matt and Robin-2004 but we got weathered off.
fun ski out though.
Posted May 25, 2012 2:18 pm

Bill562Casaval  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2012


Part of team of six
Posted Apr 29, 2012 9:15 pm

dkangasFirst Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2012
Great Mountain!
Posted Apr 28, 2012 11:13 am

Darren9Awesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2012


Possibly for the first time this winter, Casaval is now in fantastic shape. Party of 10 with Sierra Mountaineering Group left camp at 9600 and summited in firm snow with little wind at 9:45, descending Avy Gulch and traverse back to camp. Scenic and fun.
Posted Apr 22, 2012 8:28 pm

Vitaliy M.x2  Sucess!

Vitaliy M.

Once in 2010 as a Dayhike, once in 2011 as overnight.
Posted Jul 1, 2011 3:19 pm

mtndonkeyAwesome Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2011


Truly a classic climb. The 11k camp is the best way to go if the winds aren't howling. Travel light and carry your camp with you and you will be back to your car in no time.
Posted Jun 26, 2011 11:23 am

jpsmythPerfect weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 2011


Great climb, great weather with Sid
Posted May 12, 2011 1:18 am

rhyang2006, 2010  Sucess!


Snowcamped on ridge @ 10300' in June 2006 after big late-spring dump. Snowcamped around the first window in April 2010. Love the Catwalk !
Posted Dec 20, 2010 11:18 am

NefsekBailed due to Nuking.
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2009


Nuking + Wind snapped my Trango 2 in half. Bailed and drank beer instead.
Posted Nov 12, 2010 6:31 pm

Shane RathbunSki decent
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2010

Shane Rathbun

Ski descent from the 2nd window in as a day-hike. Ended up turning around due to deteriorating snow conditions in the sun

Skinned up to 8,500 feet in Avalanche Gulch, then switched to crampons and put the ski on my backpack. Accessed the ridge by traveling west up steep slopes, great for crampons. Upon reaching the ridge, endured strong 30 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 40 mph. The winds were blowing me around having the skis on my back acting as sails. Climbed partly with Vitaliy, Maxim and Bryan.

Great Fun!
Posted Aug 3, 2010 2:21 pm

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