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vancouver islanderRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch. Date Climbed: June 29/30, 2007  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

vancouver islander

Successful return to Shasta after getting weathered off in 2005.

Summitted in ~7 hours from a camp at Lake Helen. 300 Metres vertical above Helen to the first snow and big sun cups below the Red Banks. One chute was navigable with snow all the way through to the bottom of Misery Hill which was just scree.

Four hours back down to Helen, break camp and a further 3.25 hours to the parking lot made for a 16.5 hour day.

Clear throughout but winds gusting to 80kph from the top of MH to the summit made for a cold day. Counted ~20 people on the summit with us and many more en route up or down.

Great views from up top and nice to add another Cascade volcano to the list.
Posted Jul 4, 2007 6:17 pm

s_kavertAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007


A very rewarding trip and our first 14er. Climbed with my wife and a couple friends. The ice in the steep chute through the Red Banks had us a little nervous. Strong winds on the summit, but a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. Views from the top were incredible!
Posted Jul 3, 2007 12:49 pm

danielKShasta Rama point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 1997


Climbed up to Shastarama point
Posted Jul 2, 2007 1:09 pm

SFMountaineerMade it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007


A beautiful day with only moderate winds for my second attempt. The glissade from the red banks was great. A lack of snow on the morraines below the heart made descending on loose rock a real pain though and I have some messed up feet as evidence. I'm going to have to make climbing this mountain a habit, although will have to try a new route next time.
Posted Jun 26, 2007 2:08 pm

GuiltySargents Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007


Left the ski bowl late at 2pm, attain the ridge and progress very quickly. I had a little problem ascending the route above the Red Banks, so I had to descend some to find another no name chute to bring me out to the Red Bluffs. From here it was very fast because of the lack of hours of sunlight. After the summit and numerous helicopter buzz's, I ran/rock skied to Helen Lake to find out why the sheriff helicopter is flying all around the mountain.
Here, a fellow hiker was missing there partner and called the sheriff's and reported them gone since noon. The other hiker ended up hiking out Mud Creek where they got help. Wonder how cold it was that night?
Posted Jun 26, 2007 3:22 am

msihlRoute climbed: West Face Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007


I summited with a group of people guided by Shasta Mountain Guides.
The original plan was to do Avalanche Gulch Expedition Style, but instead we did the harder West Face Route alpine style, because of lack of snow in avalanche gulch. Our high camp was at Hidden Valley (9500 ft). From there we started at 4am and summited after approx. 10 hours and several people giving up along the way. On the way back, we glissaded down the west face. Our guides Kaysa and Doug were great. They were strong, competent and very good teachers. I'll definitely hire them again for ski mountaineering trips etc.
Posted Jun 26, 2007 3:17 am

mnaturesonWest Face Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007


Avalanche Gulch was too dry so we took the West Face route. High winds up on top but a beautiful day.
Posted Jun 23, 2007 12:13 pm

catheridWest Face Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007


The slog up the west face was well worth the glissade on the way down, great fun!
Posted Jun 19, 2007 12:13 am

rkymtnAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2007


I climbed with a couple coworker friends. The conditions were drier than the ideal, but there was still snow where we needed it for the ascent and glissades down. We based out of Lake Helen and beat the crowds up. Great views, great weather, great day!
Posted Jun 16, 2007 7:13 pm

grahamAvy Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


Dayhiked the AG on a beautiful day with a ton of people on the mountain. Started at Bunny Flats at 3am, summited at 8:30am, started down ~9:30 and got back to Bunny Flats at 1pm. This is my 11th of 15 CA 14ers
Posted Jun 4, 2007 8:48 pm

DebAG  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


Perfect weather and the snow was not totally destroyed by glissade and bootpack yet. Weekend trip turned dayhike (thanks Tina!:) So glad we did it on Saturday 'cause that crowd headed up in the afternoon looked mighty frightening! Yes, I am slow - the altitude was knocking my pride over 13K' but I was happy to summit in just over 9 hours. Awesome glissade down and a million laughs with my pal. Love that mountain!
Posted May 30, 2007 12:43 am

kovarpaWest Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007


A fine ski descent, a good alternative to the zoo in AG.
Posted May 29, 2007 10:00 pm

AshburtAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


Amazing mountain. Weather was perfect! Started at Horsecamp at 3am and took 10 hours roundtrip. Will be back next year!
Posted May 29, 2007 10:28 am

thundercloudAvy Gulch / Hotlum-Bolam  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2002


AG: One day scamper, <8 hours up, <3 hours down with a very wild and long glissade. Had pizza and beer, then drove back to Portland afterward. Silly.
HB: 6/2/02, cruised up in leisurely time. Route straightforward, a bit more interesting and less crowded than AG.
Posted May 25, 2007 5:36 pm

EverydayExplorerAG  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2007


This was my second try after being literally blown off last time ie crampons over helmet. This time went much smoother with just a fair breeze and rolling foggy clouds. 10 hrs car to car, good time all around.
Posted May 25, 2007 1:48 am

Matt WorsterShasta - AG  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2007

Matt Worster

4:30 am start, 12:15 pm summit, 3:45 pm return to Bunny Flat. Wind packed snow above Red Banks made the descent tough on the ankles as there was no digging in. Continuous glissade from Red Banks to the rocks above Helen Lake - no groove yet but there will be. Breey most of the day, and on the cold side.
Posted May 13, 2007 7:48 pm

SFMountaineerAvalanche Gulch
Date Climbed: May 5, 2007


Made it to Helen lake saturday, but fierce winds all night and into the next day unfortunately sent us home. Amazing experience and first time alpine climb, will attempt again this summer.
Posted May 7, 2007 1:12 pm

Scott DusekShastafication  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2007

Scott Dusek

Epic descent, total whiteout, skied from thumb rock at 13k in zero visibility. Made it down to find my car's brakes were out... it turned out to by quite an action packed trip.

Posted Apr 30, 2007 3:53 pm

Date Climbed: May 31, 2006


Fun snow plow, so much snow it made the route pretty non technical.
Posted Apr 17, 2007 4:57 am

hikerbrianAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


Very pretty mountain. Fun weather on Saturday (40 MPH winds, maybe 20 degrees, blowing snow and fog, 50' visibility), had to camp lower than we had planned because it was too windy to make it to Helen Lake. Then Saturday dawned clear and perfect. Straightforward climb via Thumb Rock; although snow sounded more hollow than I would have liked. We got off the mountain before it got very warm. The glissade down the Heart was awesome.
Posted Mar 20, 2007 12:25 am

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