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HammerRoute Climbed: West Face Date Climbed: 5/15/2004  Sucess!

Hammer

After recovering from my 250' fall on the approach to Hidden Valley, my group and I ascended the West Face. Throughout the ascent, we were continually faced with the decision to move upwards due to haphazard periods of low visibility. As we continued up the face, weather seemed to improve and the outlook was turning more promising. Our group summitted within 1/2 hour of each other. On the descent, visibility decreased considerably as we came back across the summit plateau. Following well worn boot path made the trip easy and periodic breaks in the clouds allowed us to get our bearings back to the top of the west face. Softening snow made the descent a little hairy as our crampons continually balled up. Eventually, glissading became our mode of transportation and we were afforded a great glissade of over 2000'. Some of our party had left snowboards around the 12000' level and made quick retreat back to camp. After another night in Hidden Valley we hiked out the following morning.
Posted May 17, 2004 3:09 pm

esugiRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: May 8, 2004  Sucess!

esugi

Had a blast climbing with Sam and Ken. As Sam stated below, we started out in a near whiteout but managed not to get completely lost. Sam - thanks for your excellent route finding skills! Climbed from high camp around 9600 ft and reached the summit in 5hr 45 min. We encountered nasty winds from about top of Misery Hill all the way to the summit. 60 mph is a very good estimation by Sam. Great climb all around but my body hurts all over today!
Posted May 10, 2004 12:47 am

Sam MillsRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: May 8, 2004  Sucess!

Sam Mills

Climbed with SummitPosters Elwood and esugi in full conditions until about 7:00 am. The clouds then lifted and the wind and spindrift slowed so we had clear sky's the rest of the day. Summit winds around 60 MPH.
Posted May 9, 2004 12:29 pm

kovarpaRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: May 2, 2004  Sucess!

kovarpa

Second time this year on Casaval - good time with Kris& his skis, Shannon and my and only Vendula. Great weather (too warm for my taste). I think this is it for Casaval and me (at least for this year).
Posted May 4, 2004 11:47 pm

ZzyzxRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: May 2, 2004  Sucess!
One day ascend of Casaval, third time this year (and hopefuly last). Climbed with Pavel, his wife Vendula and my friend Shannon. All of us summited. We went on Cat Walk and it was in much better shape than when I did it in January. On the descend we glisaded below Red Banks. I put on my skis a few hundred feet above Helen Lake and with mixed results got down to the trailhead without breaking anything.
Posted May 3, 2004 9:22 pm

briand97Route Climbed: Avalanche Gultch Date Climbed: May 1, 2004  Sucess!

briand97

Took my girlfriend for her first ascent of a mountain and she was a champ. Summitted around 8 am. Pretty cold in the beginning and windy when we got above red banks but the wind died once we hit the summit platue. Good climb all in all.
Posted May 3, 2004 1:51 pm

CompletebumRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: May 1, 2004  Sucess!

Completebum

First time up Shasta and it was a blast. Virtually no wind all weekend and perfectly clear skies. On summit day you could see headlamps lighting the way from Bunny Flat all the way to the Red Banks, kinda cool.
Posted May 2, 2004 3:34 pm

t511aRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: 01, 02, 03...  Sucess!

t511a

One of my favorite weekend escapes. We usually make a day hike out of it: leave Bunny Flat around midnight, summit circa 11am, glissade on out of there and back to shasta city before roundtable pizza closes ;-)
Posted Apr 28, 2004 10:43 pm

cbuelowRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 1 - 2, 2001  Sucess!

cbuelow

Excellent climb over good snow to the summit. Camped at Helen Lake, up at 2:30am for the summit push. Summited early, and the snow was too firm to effectively glissade from the the Red Banks. Back to Bunny Flat and a cold brew that afternoon.
Posted Apr 21, 2004 5:06 pm

roadsidefireRoute Climbed: Alvanache Gulch Date Climbed: Labour Day 2003

roadsidefire

Got there too late. Too much snow at bottom. Needed to turn around at noon.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 4:09 am

kelseymkrauseRoute Climbed: Avalanch Gulch Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

kelseymkrause

This was my first over 14000', now I am addicted.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 12:00 am

thenewpassionRoute Climbed: Green Butte Date Climbed: 10 April 2004  Sucess!

thenewpassion

Great Day. A slightly cold wind. Planning to go again soon.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 9:33 pm

josephgdawsonRoute Climbed: West Bolum Glacier Date Climbed: September 17, 2003  Sucess!

josephgdawson

This was my first 14er and it really put the hook in me. Another reformed alchie who loves to climb.
Posted Apr 4, 2004 11:54 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: 3-28-2004  Sucess!

grandwazoo

Day hiked from Bunny Flats, left around 1:30 am and hit the summit under perfect weather around 11:00 am. Had the summit to ourselves, returned via Avalanche Gulch.
Posted Mar 30, 2004 11:22 pm

tsteineRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: september 1 2003  Sucess!

tsteine

This was my first 14k mountain and I enjoyed it a lot. The weather was ideal, almost no wind and cold enough to have big fun glissading back down.
Posted Mar 24, 2004 10:42 am

kovarpaRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: March 21, 2004  Sucess!

kovarpa

Very windy towards the summit but otherwise great weather - maybe too warm, snow is gets slushy in the afternoon - I hope it gets colder so the snow lasts longer...
Posted Mar 23, 2004 2:11 am

ZzyzxRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: March 20, 2004  Sucess!
Climbed solo in a day. 8.5 hrs from Bunny Flat to the summit. I started feeling tired and slowed down above 12K. Good weather, but it got very windy at times on hgher elevations, probably well over 40 mph. Only one guy who passed me earlier was on the summit. He made it in 6 hrs from the parking lot. Way to go! He snowboarded down the Avalanche Gulch, I came down on Casaval.
Posted Mar 21, 2004 9:49 pm

FonzyCupRoute Climbed: Avalance Gulch Date Climbed: Jun 2003  Sucess!

FonzyCup

fun climb in very balmy weather. the temp was in the 60's during the day, and the pounding sun didn't help. alpine start on summit day, was fine with my 100wt fleece and thin shell...midweight capilene bottoms under shell pants.
Posted Mar 1, 2004 2:38 pm

esugiRoute Climbed: Casaval Ridge / West Face Gully Date Climbed: June 07, 2003  Sucess!

esugi

I've climbed this mountain 4 times before (twice from Avalanche Gulch and twice from West Face Gully) so this time, my friend Mike and I decided on Casaval Ridge route.



We got into Redding, CA late (by plane) so we only had time to get to Horse Camp. Got up early and left at 2 am. Near the top of Casaval Ridge, we traversed across to the West Face Gully (should have stayed on Casaval Ridge!) and continued up over Misery Hill and across the summit plateu. Reached summit by 9 am. There must have been 100 people climbing from Lake Helen that day! Descended via Avalanche Gulch (glassade!)



Beautiful day and overall, very enjoyable climb.



Posted Mar 1, 2004 2:26 pm

ed jamesRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 29, 2003  Sucess!

ed james

Great trip with Shasta Mountain Guides. Left Horse Camp at 1:45 am and reached the summit at 11:30 am. It was windy at the top but other than that the weather was terrific.
Posted Feb 28, 2004 3:57 pm

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