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nice backcountry experience until you get to the summit and the million other climbers on top.
Posted Mar 27, 2009 1:02 am

farrisglClear Creek Route up this fabulous peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2001


This was my second attempt at Shasta; as with my previous attempt up the long Clear Route with about 8,000 feet of gain. On my first attempt, I was turned back at over 13,000 as the result of consistent high winds with the mountains ash a real pain as it blew around the edges of my mountaineering glasses and into my contact lenses. One month later I was provided a second opportunity on a late season October attempt.
I started the climb at about 2pm on a perfectly clear Saturday afternoon and pitched camp at about 9,400 feet. The next morning started up a bit late at 8 am. Climbing this route without snow was a drag with the very loose rock and sand on the steep slope. Fortunately no wind but this time I came prepared regardless with ski goggles.
The summit view was absolutely spectacular with few high clouds. The summit register revealed that I was only the second person to make it that day but being I didn’t see them, assumed that person came up via another route.
Definitely a peak that needs a second visitation!
Posted Mar 3, 2009 5:25 pm

OWildernessLeft of the Heart  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007


Climbed 7 times. Take left of the heart... it's more fun!
Posted Dec 7, 2008 6:15 am

ScottyPA date with the summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 1999


My first attempt at anything beyond a ski lift. I had NO CLUE about how much conditioning I would need and thus made it as far as the heart before turning back! I came back the following year, in shape and fell in love with mountaineering. Much beter the second, more educated time around!
Posted Nov 29, 2008 2:51 pm

uh60speedyHotlum/Bolam Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007
First time climbing Shasta. Great climb and just over half the group made it. Looking forward to snowboarding down it some day.
Posted Oct 2, 2008 1:02 pm

mstendervia Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!


We climbed Shasta via Avalanche Gulch back in July of 2001. There was very little snow that year: no snow at all up to Helen and "Helen Lake" was actually open so you did not have to melt snow. It was very cold and windy on top but all 4 of us made it. Great experience!
Posted Sep 18, 2008 3:56 pm

SiennaAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2003


I am not sure I have ever had a sunburn as bad as the one I received on that mountain : )
Posted Sep 5, 2008 3:46 pm

crnhlioUp and Down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2008


Left the car at 3am, summit at 10am, back to car at 1300.
Posted Sep 2, 2008 10:18 am

BCJFun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006


Conditions were great until the last 700' to the summit when clouds obscured any views. It took us a while to search the upper slopes for the actual summit in the thick clouds.
Posted Sep 2, 2008 4:19 am

SpankyBobGreat Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2004


Climbed with Shasta Mountain Guides. Easy trip, great weather.
Posted Aug 29, 2008 4:55 pm

Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


Camped at Hidden Valley, Friday, 27JUN08. Started climbing 2am Saturday 28JUN08. On the summit at 10:30am. Spent an hour up there as the weather was phenomenal! Sunny and little wind. Back to Hidden Valley by 4 pm. Spent the night and back out to Bunny Flat on Sunday, 29JUN08. AWESOME! ! ! Avoid Avy Gulch, the West face is a good beginner/moderate route and MUCH less crowded.
Posted Aug 28, 2008 7:45 pm

kevin trieudusk...  Sucess!

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made the summit at dusk as the alpine glow was setting on us. hiked back to camp with a full moon. hauntingly beautiful.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 5:02 pm

dpsiebert4th of July Fun  Sucess!


Climbed it 3 times in 3 years all on the 4th of July. We did the Bolam Glacier and the Hotlam Bolam Ridge. Got chased off the summit by lightning in 2000
Posted Aug 21, 2008 6:32 am

ericdAvalanche Gulch Choss Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008


What a great mountain to climb in calm winds and clear skies! 14hr total trip time from Bunny Flats, 8hrs up, 1hr at top, 5hrs down. Route has neat surprises in the summer without snow like lots of choss rock to contend with (sometimes 1step up, 1/2slide down in upper gulch), a small sandstone passage way to get above red cliffs (at thumb rock lookout), and small field of ice to cross before getting to the summit pyramid (ice ax & crampons not really needed). Class 3 handholds to get to the summit register box ...that's going straight up face. A leg burner more so on descent and very dusty due to the rock slides and choss. Neat seeing all the jetliners and Horizon's Dash 8 zipping along overhead.
Posted Aug 13, 2008 11:22 pm

gbrillAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006


Standard avalanche gulch rout. Great climb for beginners who want to get into mountaineering.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 8:49 pm

AdamJFirst mountaineering experience!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2008


Awesome. Camped out at horse camp, left at 1am. Summit and back to the cars the same long day. Great climb!
Posted Jul 31, 2008 6:10 pm

pyerger SOLO  Sucess!


Climbed this AWESOME peak solo, in May of 2001. Snow all the way.
Posted Jul 30, 2008 11:13 pm

irish guyAvy Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2008
Summitted on a Monday and had the mountain to ourselves. Beautiful day - not a single cloud. The Heart was pretty exposed, and the AG was already melting out.
Posted Jul 16, 2008 5:54 pm

BradBartickShasta via Avy Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008


Probably the last weekend this route will be fun. Nice views!
Posted Jul 12, 2008 9:53 pm

bajaandyH-W Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2008


Climbed the Hotlum-Wintun Ridge. Warm temps have really melted out many of the routes on Shasta. We were lucky to get to finish this one. Hiked up the Brewer Creek trail and made camp at about 9,300 feet. Started climbing at 1:00 am, summited at 9:00 and returned to camp by 1:00 pm. Soft snow conditions at the top of the route caused some post holing, but made for an easy descent when glisading.
Posted Jul 1, 2008 6:12 pm

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