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wyopeakMikeone great glissade  Sucess!


I hiked up Avalanche Gulch back in 1992. There were lines of people going up. I was given a survey on the way down by a lovely ranger woman on the way down asking if it was busy. That was 16 years ago, I could not imagine the traffic today. It was a great time, and a spectacular summit, the views are sublime. I really liked the view of the Trinity Alps. I remember having to wait in line to sign the summit register. The glissade down was a real treat. A fan of snow flying over my head from the speed. I had even made a trash bag diaper to go even faster. A bigger elevation gain than even the Grand Teton, but with a very fast return. A mountain like no other, especially with all of the crazy cosmic legends and bigfoot sightings.
Posted Jun 1, 2008 7:21 pm

shknbkevia AG dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2008


This was probably the toughest ascent I have ever done in terms of physical effort needed just to reach the summit. It took me a little over 9 hours to summit as a dayhike due to high winds above the Red Banks. I felt good prior to this point. I ended up traversing all the way left below the Red Banks to the last chute, which had a fair amount of thick ice that required some front pointing. On the way down we found the chute with the best conditions which was one to the right of the top of the Heart. The snow was too hard/sun cupped to glissade much.
Posted May 27, 2008 2:35 pm

panhandlerCasaval Ridge
Date Climbed: May 12, 2007


Summited via Casaval Ridge. Had to traverse to the west face at the catwalk due to minimal snow on that part of the route. Camped two nights at the first window and had beautiful weather... although on the descent, after taking our time and still on the mountain @ 2pm, heard a WHUMP! while traversing the slope between WFG and our camp at the window. A little frightening!
Posted May 16, 2008 7:48 pm

gomez13West Face Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2008


Second try on this route. Bad weather first time turned me back. Good weather and better conditioning was key this time. Also did Avy Gulch in 2002.
Posted May 13, 2008 8:24 pm

peakrat76Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 1974


Solo climb up the standard route. Awesome peak - great views. Super glissade on the way down.
Posted Apr 23, 2008 1:34 pm

danman3156Great Ski Down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2008


Skinned up under intense sunshine. Camped, summited and then skiied down. Awesome run, it goes on forever.
Posted Apr 17, 2008 10:01 pm

SillyUncleKarlAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2007


I was planning to do one of the lesser used routes. But, being my first trip up, and solo, I stuck with the popular avalanche gulch route, 3:30 start. I was very glad I did. This is not a mountain to be taken lightly, heavy wind turned most back. The altitude hit most of the rest of us pretty hard. But very memorable!
Posted Apr 15, 2008 6:25 pm

ClimbingJunkieMy first 14er!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2006


Great two day ascent of my first 14er!! From Bunny Flat to Helen lake, then up and back to the car by 10am the next day! Awesome experience!
Posted Mar 30, 2008 10:40 pm

snowflakeEvery month of year


Climbed in every month of the year (not all same year, though). October is the worst time as is very ICY on upper part of Hotlum/Wintun ridge(favorite route). Routes: AG, WG, Hotlum Glacier, Bolum Glacier, Hotlum/Bolum Ridge, Hotlum/Wintun Ridge.
Posted Mar 21, 2008 3:35 pm

dswinkAvy Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


Attempted Casaval Ridge in 4/2007 but turned around by weather.
Summitted via Avalanche Gulch in 5/2007.
Posted Mar 9, 2008 7:38 pm

BombchaserCasaval Ridge
Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2007


Attempted to summit via Casaval Ridge. I started at the Bunny Flat Trailhead. Snowhoed to the Sierra Lodge/Cabin. Climbed the steep ridgling past the lodge up to the base of Casaval Ridge to 9800 feet. Had to turn back because critical gear left behind. Conditions were as follows; sunny, 50-100 mph wind gusts on ridgeline, ics covered scree on ridge, 10 inches to 2 feet of snow along route.
Posted Mar 3, 2008 3:29 pm

AmbretMy Favorite Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2004


Summitted via Avalanche Gulch route on second try with college roommate/best buddy Rob. Great climb on a near-perfect day. This made up for our failed attempt three years before, when we turned back due to rockfall -- especially after watching someone almost take one in the face.
Posted Feb 22, 2008 11:38 pm

jimeganMT SHASTA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2003


Posted Feb 6, 2008 8:30 pm

Shirley LamBetter when...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2004

Shirley Lam

the avalanche gulch is covered in snow!
Posted Jan 30, 2008 10:18 pm

utclimberAvalanche Gulch
A very fun route. The glissade is particularly memorable.

Hiked a second time in winter, February 2008.
Posted Jan 12, 2008 7:46 pm

BonesawCasaval Ridge in Early Spring  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2004


Awesome climb! This was my first foray into the world of mountaineering and I'm hungry for more.
Posted Jan 11, 2008 9:12 am

jdmorrisMy Playground  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2007


2010 - 7/04 - Casaval
I finally make it up Casaval and experience the Catwalk. Despite the late season the world above 12.5k feet is solid rime ice. Glissaded Avy Gulch to descend.

2009 - 3/14 - Green / Sargent's
My first solo attempt of Shasta went poorly when my attempt was squashed by strong winds and extremely cold wind chill. At least I made it up to see Shatarama point from above. I'll be back.

2007 - 6/15 - Hotlum / Bolum
Mattyj and I headed up (actually down from WA, this time) to check out approaches to the north side of the mountain and ended up making a one day trip direct to the summit and back. Mattyj wrote all about it here. It was a flawless day on a fantastic route although the blue ice was a bit intimidating and the ice near the top of the route before attaining the summit saddle was a little rotten.

2007 - 4/05 - Casaval / West Face
Mattyj and I planned to start at Hidden Valley, but decided instead to head up further to First Window on Casaval and were met with thin looking snow conditions that led us back up the West Face, proper. Mattyj once again wrote all about it, here. Despite some low clouds on our approach day, the summit day was as good as it gets on any mountain, anywhere, and miraculously the mountain was beautifully devoid of other climbers!

2006 - 2/11 - Casaval:
My first time up on Casaval was a good time with Mattyj and Lessthanjoey and my buddy, Dan, but by the time we camped at 10,000 ft camp it seemed no one wanted to join me for a summit bid. I convinced Joe to get up relatively late and we headed up but had to deal with deep snow, cold wind and far too late of a schedule. Despite not summiting, it was still a beautiful couple days and Matt's picture from that trip is still one of my fav's.

2004 - 6/26 - Avy Gulch
Dan, lessthanjoey and myself all climbed Avy Gulch in a one day push. Unfortunately, I didn't sleep for the 30+ hours, prior. There was much adventure with my contacts turning opaque and getting stuck to my eyes and the resulting snowblindness of fiddling around in the bright noon sun for a couple hours, but we did make it to the summit and back to the car. As usual, it was a perfect, beautiful day.

2004 - 6/12 - West Face:
This was the inspiration for the second trip a couple weeks later. Dan and I carried way too much stuff up way too late in the day to Hidden Valley. It was a terrible slog without snowshoes and when I got sick just shy of Hidden Valley (not altitude, but some stomach trouble) we decided to turn back.

2003 - 7/20 - Avy Gulch:
This is where my whole mountaineering career started. My good friend Ken and I headed up to Lake Helen on a typical hot, sunny Shasta day and after an evening of camping we joined the hordes for a summit push. My HAFE (high altitude flatulence expulsion) started giving me trouble and I decided to wait at the summit plateau while Ken went to the summit. Many months of regretting tagging the summit on my first try pushed me to do lots of climbing and spend more time outdoors. Ahhh... the memories!
Posted Jan 8, 2008 11:36 pm

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2004


Avalanche gulch route. Summit day was very windy
Posted Dec 25, 2007 5:00 pm

k2360tnfSummited  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


Summited 2 days AG route
Posted Nov 6, 2007 6:06 pm

trailhuggersarahThe brown white Mtn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2007


This was to be my first big snow climb.. only problem was a big lack of snow. It was mostly loose rock and just patches of hard old snow and ice.

Will definitely come back again next year in hopes of a 'snow climb'
Posted Nov 4, 2007 1:59 am

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