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|pjc30943||Route Climbed: Casaval Date Climbed: July 8-10, 2005|
|SP member hashfxn and I climbed Casaval. We started from very bottom of the ridge, and ascended straight up to 13.3k, not noticing the easy variation which we were going for.|
We did not summit, but nonetheless completed all of the route.
Very poor snow conditions at all elevations led to incredibly slow progress; large snowshoes might have helped, though they would not have eliminated the problem. A party on the WF mentioned encountering similar snow, forcing them to turn around at 11k. They *did* have snowshoes...
A storm moved in that night, with high winds, snow, and whiteout, though Lake Helen only got drizzle. We descended to 13k for an emergency bivy, since 40mph winds and below freezing temps, combined with a whiteout, were not condusive to reaching Lake Helen. Winds increased as the night went on, and we descended the next day.
Excellent glissading conditions on AG at basically any time of day, except below about 9k where snow was too slushy. Postholing to the waist was the rule, not the exception, so be prepared...
|Posted Jul 12, 2005 2:11 am|
|Cody||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 7 2005|
|First time on Shasta. Perfect blue sky the whole time, a bit of wind above red banks on summit day. Left Helen at 3:30am and summited by 7:45.|
|Posted Jul 11, 2005 2:52 pm|
|mtldrinstr||Route Climbed: Hotlum-Bolam Ridge Date Climbed: July 2003|
|Climbed with the U.S. Marines during the Summer Mountain Leaders course. Great trip.|
|Posted Jul 10, 2005 7:42 pm|
|moneal||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 23, 2005|
|Summitted on what they tell me was the best weather day all year. Clear skies and no wind except on the plateau below the summit. Only problem was it was too nice (warm) and the snow was a little too soft. Post holed some on the way up, and post holed the whole way down. Glissading was not easy. On the upside you never had to worry about going to fast! Very few people on the mountain on a Thursday made it all very pleasant.|
|Posted Jul 7, 2005 10:15 pm|
|mandrake||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 4th, 2005|
|Group of six of us made summit on the 4th. Beautiful day; conditions were just about perfect up there with little to no wind. Awesome uninterrupted 2500+ ft glissade from the Red Banks all the way into camp at Lake Helen.|
|Posted Jul 6, 2005 3:20 pm|
|Moogie737||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 25, 2005|
|Climbed with nebben. Misery Hill appropriately named. Experience at summit most enjoyable since the wind was light and variable (an exception, I am told). Clouds during final hour of descent brought the vis down to 100'-200'. A climb I will never forget.|
|Posted Jul 2, 2005 10:04 pm|
|kaller||Route Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: June 27, 2005|
|Did some skiing. Great conditions still. Snow starts at about 1/4 mile from bunny flat.|
|Posted Jul 1, 2005 11:16 pm|
|Rob||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 28, 2005|
|Good conditions, although it was very windy and cold on top.|
|Posted Jun 29, 2005 4:47 pm|
|nebben||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 25.05|
|Perfect weather, perfect snow, but the beef jerky I brought nearly made my entire bowels erupt. We felt virtually no wind at the top, which was so damn cool. On the way down, we encountered thunder and deteriorating weather (graupel) just past the Red Banks. I walked/slid on foot with ski poles all the way to the parking lot. I've never been so exhausted after a climb like this before. Bunny Flats - summit - Bunny Flats ~ 13.5 hours. |
Thanks to Misadventures for keeping the beer cold and the great food at base camp hot.
|Posted Jun 29, 2005 1:50 pm|
|bluefig||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 26, 2005|
|1st attempt at this altitude and it was definitely a workout for me, the novice. SMG guided us and our whole gang (all 6 of us) were led up from 50-50 at 3:45 am to the summit at about 10:30am. Not bad for a bunch of hackers. SMG ROCKS! Excellent services and well trained guides. Beautiful day, awesome summit, and great people.|
|Posted Jun 27, 2005 6:39 pm|
|orangehat||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 11 2005|
|Second attempt; glad to have it done! Snowed in the early evening at Helen Lake on the 10th, then cleared up for and icy night. Left camp at 6am; reached the summit at 11:45. Great snow for cramponing. The summit was clear until mid afternoon. Awesome glissade from the Banks to Helen!|
|Posted Jun 26, 2005 8:25 pm|
|gregorpatsch||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June, 2003|
|Absolutely perfect snow and weather conditions. Longest glissade of my life. Great climb!|
|Posted Jun 22, 2005 1:35 pm|
|MarieP||Route Climbed: Hotlum-Bolam Date Climbed: April 2005|
|There was no one else on the entire North side of the mountain except for our small group of 3 climbers!|
|Posted Jun 17, 2005 1:29 am|
|leedog12||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 9th and 10th, 2005|
|What a big, beautiful mountain! Went with a group from Shasta Mountain Guides. This was my 11th Cascade summit and my first guided climb. Turned out to be a very enjoyable and educational experience. I was a little skeptical about a bivy at Horse Camp and having such a long summit day, but the early alpine start seemed to work out well. As we were approaching Red Banks, the weather up high looked really sketchy. However, everything seemed to clear up nicely as we headed up Misery Hill. This proved to be a great climb and a long day (13 hour round trip). Adding to the enjoyment was the fact that this was a weekday climb. On the descent I could see all the weekend warriors heading up the route. Glad we were going the other way!!|
If you're from Oregon (or Washington) and looking for Cascade snow, look no further than Mt. Shasta. It still feels like winter/early spring up there.
|Posted Jun 15, 2005 9:17 am|
|cfirpo||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 10, 2005|
|More challenging than expected but a great experience. |
We camped at Helen Lake the night before our summit attempt. Snow storm right at bedtime.
Left at 6:00 AM for the summit. Not many groups heading up. Cloudy around the Red Banks but great weather otherwise.
|Posted Jun 13, 2005 10:32 pm|
|pjc30943||Route Climbed: AG Date Climbed: June 11, 2005|
|Two-day ascent, camped at Lake Helen. |
Conditions: The snow was pretty nice after the recent snow and deep melt/freeze cycle. Snowshoes not needed here early in the day.
Many smaller avalanches visible, starting slightly below Lake Helen, all the way up to Red Banks.
Clear weather on summit night, the snow was great for crampons, all the way up to the summit, with a few exceptions (large unstable "hollow" ice slabs).
Beware of Red Banks. As usual, there was lots of debris; at 8am or so, lots of ice falling. I was hit in the knee with a small baseball-sized ice projectile, and boy did it hurt! Definitely take a helmet now (a few people didn't). Lots of ice from around 12k to the summit.
Mushy snow on descent.
Great, clear weather, a very fun trip! Despite another horrible case of AMS I still made it, albeit in an un-heroic fashion.
|Posted Jun 13, 2005 8:03 pm|
|Vladislav||Route Climbed: Green Butte Ridge - Avalanche Gulch variation Date Climbed: June 4, 2005|
|Elena and I started out from Bunny Flat trailhead at 5 AM (late). Headed up Green Butte Ridge to get our share of splendid views that opened up from there. Stayed on the ridge until slightly above Helen Lake, then crossed into Avalanche Gulch without losing elevation (this might not be possible or could be quite difficult in different weather or snow conditions). Elena descended from here by the standard route and I continued up (not a wise decision considering it was already past 1 PM). I got some relief from the scortching heat in the gulch only after I climbed through one of the chutes in the Red Banks. From here on the wind was steadily getting stronger. Clouds started forming. I reached the top of the Misery Hill in a whiteout. Flags really helped me to find my way in this section. I finally scrambled to the summit at 5:30 PM. Obviously, there was no one there at that time. Now the clouds were mostly below me, racing towards me from the west at 40 mph and breaking like ocean waves at the base of the summit block. Every now and then a part of the view would open up on one side or another only to disappear in a split second. It was as if pictures of other worlds were shown to me, flashed before my eyes, vanishing too quickly, before I could discern any particular features. The beauty of this magical display almost made me forget that I should go back. Alas, I could not linger.|
The way back turned out to be a lot harder than I expected. Snow in Avalanche Gulch had softened so much that it was impossible to glissade. Post-holing with every step from the Red Banks to Helen Lake required a lot of effort. One of the climbing rangers came up to me to make sure I was OK (they are doing a great job of spotting weary climbers). He told me that splitting up the group was not a good idea and that climbing on so late was a big mistake. I totally agreed with him at that point. He asked me whether I had enough food, water, and extra clothing and allowed me to go on. Below Lake Helen the snow was not as bad, I was still sinking with every step but not quite up to my thighs as before. When I reached the parking lot at 9:45 PM I was completely exhausted. Despite reaching the summit I did not quite feel like a conqueror of the Mountain. I felt humbled in a certain way. The Mountain was kind enough to let me go unscathed. I could have paid a lot more dearly for my case of summit fever. As it was, I just had to apologize to very worried Elena who had been waiting for me at Bunny Flat since 4 PM.
|Posted Jun 7, 2005 8:59 pm|
|annaleiserabinek||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 4, 2004|
|Combo of altitude sickness and freeze-dried thai food kept me from the summit, but it was still an amazing experience. Shasta is gorgeous! And of course, big props to my partner, Cornvallis, for going the distance.|
|Posted Jun 7, 2005 6:55 pm|
|Rinat Shagisultanov||Route Climbed: Casaval Ridge Date Climbed: May 28, 2005|
|Attempted to climb CR and decided to bail out after finding the bad snow conditions (temps above freezing during the night) and a short, but strong storm cell run through the area during the night May 27-28. Opted to get down from the base camp at 9800 ft. I shall come later in the season.|
|Posted Jun 6, 2005 2:01 pm|
|Brian Kalet||Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 4, 2005|
|Skied 100 feet from the summit. Trip Report|
|Posted Jun 6, 2005 12:24 pm|