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cuprinaRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 21, 2002  Sucess!
My first 14K peak in CA.
Posted Mar 13, 2003 3:49 pm

MikeBRoute Climbed: SW Face Date Climbed: July 4, 1994  Sucess!


Great ski run. Very exciting - lightning storm on summit.
Posted Mar 9, 2003 5:02 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: A-Gulch Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

Dave K

Fun climb, and an even funner glissade.
Posted Jan 22, 2003 5:34 pm

mookyeeRoute Climbed: avalanche gulch Date Climbed: june 22, 2002  Sucess!


climbed with four other fellas as a prep for ecuador. I think we left horse camp around 2:00am and summitted around 8:00 in various states of disrepair. Glissading was hella fun and made it all worth it, but better check your arresting skills tho, cause the top part can get pretty steep. Overall . . . NICE!
Posted Jan 21, 2003 1:48 am

yayoubetchaRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 5th, 2002  Sucess!
Rode my bicycle from Olympia, WA, down the Oregon coast, over to Crater Lake, and then down to Shasta. On July 4th I got my permit and rode up to Bunny Flat. On July 5th at 3:00 in the morning I left the Bunny Flat parking lot up to the summit. Summited at about 9:00am. On July 6th, mounted the bike and headed down to ride to the summit of White Mountain near Bishop, CA, but that's another story.
Posted Dec 23, 2002 10:48 pm

mountaineer17Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 28, 2002  Sucess!


Clear Night. Departed Hiking Cabin at 2:00 AM and reached the summit at 6:30 AM. I bypassed spring hill which saved time and stayed on the snow around the hill. Route was well consolodated throughout the heart (Almost Icy).Very Icy at the red banks. 62 mph wind at the summit. Began to whiteout right as I was descending. Glisaded all the way down a little past Lake Helen and Boot skied the rest of the way. Took only 2 hours to descend to Horse Camp. Overll, great trip.
Posted Nov 30, 2002 10:48 pm

zzrilRoute Climbed: W. Face, Avy Gulch Date Climbed: Several  Sucess!


One of my favorite peaks. All summits outstanding.
Posted Nov 22, 2002 12:48 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch on skis Date Climbed: Spring 1975  Sucess!


My (then) wife Evelyn and I skied on our AT gear all the way to the summit in 1975 via Avalanche Gulch. I remember very foggy, miserable conditions for the three day trip.
Posted Nov 18, 2002 7:07 am

notinkansasRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 5, 2002  Sucess!


My son, Ben, and I took Mountaineering training from Shasta Mountian Guides the weekend before the climb. Ben thought it to much to try for the summit, so I went solo. Great weather but windy. Camped a few hundred feet below Helen Lake to avoid the gale force winds. listened to rocks crashing down from the ridges and the howl of the wind throughout the night. Started for the summit the next morning at 4:00AM. The snow conditions very good for most of the ascent. Took my time and soaked in the view. reached the summit at 12:30 PM. The glissade back to camp was a blast!
Posted Oct 31, 2002 9:09 pm

thenunzDate Climbed: 06/30/2002-West Face, 04/25/1998-Green Butte Ridge, 10/7/1993-Green Butte via Ski Bowl  Sucess!


This mountain is what got me hooked on climbing. It's a very spiritual place.
Posted Oct 29, 2002 12:17 pm

MishaRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: 8/9/02


First time in Shasta Wilderness, we camped at Panther Meadows. After reading and researching, we decided to attempt single day ascend through Avalanche Gulch. We got to Bunny Flat at 1am and started hiking into the darkness. Our pace to Horse Camp was pretty good - we got there in 40 minutes. After a short break and signing in the Horse Camp log, we continued towards Lake Helen. Our headlamps turned out to be not too good, and we lost our trail 30-40 minutes after we left Horse Camp. Somehow we managed to scramble the scree and get back onto the trail right below the Lake Helen. Night was clear and beautiful.. At some point for 10-15 minutes we were witnessing a shooting star almost every minute. Last few hundred feet before Lake Helen were really exhausting. We arrived to Lake Helen at around 4am, a little over 2 hours since we left Horse Camp. After resting and trying to shake off the exhaustion for 1 hour, we decided not to continue and instead watch sunrise and take our time. We promised ourselves to come back and climb it all the way to the top next spring!
Posted Oct 27, 2002 4:15 pm

cjwhatRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 23, 1986  Sucess!


Solo 1-day ascent. Only 2 other climbers on route this day. (It was great in the 1980's.)
Posted Oct 18, 2002 8:51 am

KWANZORRoute Climbed: Green Butte to Seargeants '99, Casaval '02 Date Climbed: March 1999, May 2002  Sucess!
Green Butte was an enjoyable winter ascent.
Posted Oct 16, 2002 9:15 pm

Trek-007Route Climbed: Avalanch Gulch Date Climbed: May 25-27, 2002  Sucess!
Summit was very nice. Arrived at the summit around 1:00 pm. Started around 9:30 am from Helen Lake. The Rangers were turning people back by the Red Banks in the morning because of whiteout conditions.

We were going to just hike up the the Red banks to acclimate then the weather cleared out and we kept going. Sweet victory! No one else on top except for another guy who was training for a 23,000 footer in mexico. Great climb!!!
Posted Oct 8, 2002 1:59 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!


Great Mountain. My first climb of anything this high and my first 14er. Climbed with my good friend Scott on a beautiful day.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:45 pm

bearbnzRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: August 31, 2002  Sucess!


3rd time up Shasta, once via the Hotlum Glacier, twice up Avalanche Gulch. The most recent ascent, with ScottyS, was 14er #14 of the 15 CA 14ers we did this summer. Perfect weather except for a cloud bank enveloping part of the route just above the Red Banks. Clear on top, no wind, no tourists, although we passed 10 or so on the way up. Our ascent from Bunny Flat took a little more than 4.5 hours.
Posted Oct 1, 2002 3:05 pm

mtndaveRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch, Hotlum/Bolam Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 22 ,2002, Aug. 31,2003  Sucess!


Left Bunny Flat at 2 pm , arrived at Lake Helen at 530 pm, beautiful weather ... the full moon made it great for hiking w/o headlamps in the am ... left camp at 430 am , watched the sunrise at Red Banks , summited at 830 am ,wonderful clear skies , no wind ! My first 14er and did it solo ! Summited again via HB Ridge , awesome route away from crowds !
Posted Sep 23, 2002 9:20 pm

ScottySRoute Climbed: Bunny Flat-->Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: August 31, 2002  Sucess!


Climbed w/bearbnz for our 2nd-to-last 14'er on our "Dayhiking the CA 14'ers" summer tour. Left the car at a late 0645 and summited at 1135. No snow to use, but frozen sand up the right-hand gully was the fastest part of the climb. Wind at the summit was 0-5mph, clouds to the ESE. Perfect!
Posted Sep 5, 2002 6:15 pm

IdahoClimberRoute Climbed: Avalanch Gulch Date Climbed: June 30th, 2001  Sucess!


Made the trip from LAX to Sacramento to Shasta summit and back in less than 48 hours. Camped at the lake at the base of the bowl. Set out at 6 and summited at 9. We encountered serious wind above the Red Banks and 3 of the guys experienced mild frostbite on their fingertips. Would recommend glasses and something to cover your face. Was able to use crampons through the bowl and the banks which really sped the climb up. Glissading was very fast and rough wore a hole through rear of pants. Woops! Hope next time the summit will be clear!
Posted Aug 13, 2002 2:25 pm

neocrashRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: 4th Aug, 2002  Sucess!


We left base camp/ Helen Lake by 5am. The wind was strong, but it was clear at the time. Two of the four in our group made it to the summit. A freak snow storm rolled in as my friend and I were at the top. In fact, the two of us were the only ones from the Avalanche Gulch route that made it. Climbing down in a white-out with sandblasting snow was the scariest thing I have ever done. Looking back, it was quite the adventure.
Posted Aug 11, 2002 3:05 pm

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