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pBergAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2015
Three of us safely and successfully climbed ava gulch this past weekend with an overnight at Helen Lake. It was each of our first time on Shasta, and we had a blast! Route/snow conditions were fantastic. We got 2-4 inches of snow from Sat night through Sun morning but nothing too bad. Clouds cleared to a bluebird sky by the time we came above Red Banks.

No crampons needed until Helen Lake. Red Banks eastern chute was manageable; I'd say the northwest side of the summit slope near the fumaroles was the diciest part of the route. Other than that, conditions were prime.
Posted May 19, 2015 6:54 pm

Nick TurturaFail
Date Climbed: May 15, 2015

Nick Turtura

I usually get more info from the failures so out of courtesy I'll post this. Snow is good despite the bad snow year. The spring is running at Horse Camp. No need for snow shoes nor crampons up to Helen Lake. We turned around a bit above Red Banks due to low/no visibility. Came back down to Helen, thought about staying to try again the next day but the wind was ripping pretty good and pizza at Shasta City sounded pretty nice so we called it. Hope this helps.
Posted May 16, 2015 11:56 am

bctahoe75Mighty Shasta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2003

bctahoe75

This was my 2nd time up Shasta....and the most enjoyable because I did it solo. My previous attempt was slowed down by inexperienced friends with good intentions but not really ready for a challenge like this (half of the group didn't make it). On this day I started from Helen Lake at 4am on a beautiful spectacular day without a cloud in the sky. The hike started fairly slow, but I felt great and reached summit at 10:30am. Once on top, I was thrilled to be the only person there. About 30 minutes later I was joined by a group of 3 (young) women I had passed earlier. Much to my delight one of them pulled out a bottle of champagne to celebrate and I was offered a glass. I then prepared for the descent, joined by the 3 divas...and arrived back at the car around 5pm. Shasta is a spectacular majestic mountain with prominence like very few places, my favorite hike in California! I love the glaciers and the challenge, it can require crampons and good fitness but it is well worth the effort!
Posted May 15, 2015 1:14 pm

ace4First 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2014
Avalanche Gulch, camped at Lake Helen. Ranger there recommended we delay starting summit day until 6am, otherwise would've made the summit before sunrise (glad we listened to him). Snow was very light. Waiting to start also allowed great glissade conditions on the descent after we got below the Red Banks.
Posted May 13, 2015 10:27 pm

SkyPilot84Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2015

SkyPilot84

7.5 hours up from Horse Camp.
Posted May 8, 2015 1:50 am

Garon CorizForgot to Sign Last Year  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2014

Garon Coriz

Climbed in 2 days with my good buddy, Vimal. Got to ski the whole thing, which was harder than expected after summiting. Get an early start to avoid the heat reflected on route up Avalanche Gulch.
Posted Apr 27, 2015 1:16 am

endo.the.timberperfect cond.   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2015

endo.the.timber

via casaval
Posted Mar 30, 2015 1:50 pm

slombardiclimber5First 14er Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2014
First 14er, basic Avy Gluch route
Posted Mar 17, 2015 6:01 pm

wordlessnaturevia Clear Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2014

wordlessnature

Great route, we left at 4AM, summited just before 1, a bit slow due to AMS, but glorious. Lots of sand and small talus in the gullies above UFO rock- taking care paid off. Knees took a beating on descent w/out trekking poles- I highly recommend taking them in lieu of ice ax/ crampons, which we took at the behest of the FS, and were utterly unnecessary this late in season.
Posted Feb 11, 2015 2:23 pm

Flaaenduevia Casaval  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2012

Flaaendue

Casaval was a great route- had the exposure we were looking for without the necessity of roping up.
Posted Jan 16, 2015 11:44 am

GlennDGreat climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2014

GlennD

Two day trip (not with the SMG ;) ) up the Hotlum Glacier. Fantastic climb, great weather, glad to get the peak on my second attempt.
Posted Dec 19, 2014 11:10 pm

PietriHotlum-Bolam  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2005
With Jeremy, Izzy, Josh
Posted Dec 16, 2014 11:57 pm

PietriAvalanche Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006
With Dave G., Leon, Willie, and Marie
Posted Dec 16, 2014 11:52 pm

ROSENCLIMBERFinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2014

ROSENCLIMBER

This was my third trip on the Clear Creek route. Finally it all came together, but still with enough of a challenge with route finding and the weather to make it sporting. I did get off route near the summit, but back-tracked and persevered and found the correct way up. I think a GPS device would be very useful and hopefully by next season I'll have one.

I used one of the intermediate bivouac sites and enjoyed not having to fumble around in the dark on summit day. If you're interested in doing the Clear Creek route with someone who's been there let me know. I'm also interested in Shastina.
For more information you can visit my profile and the trip report that I posted.
Posted Nov 1, 2014 12:44 pm

charitydominicDo the Hustle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2010

charitydominic

If you heard someone on the peak singing The Hustle that was me. Loved the glissade back own Avvy Gulch.
Posted Oct 30, 2014 6:30 pm

CptAmericaViews go on forever  Sucess!

CptAmerica

one of the funnest climbs ive done yet. glissaded all the way from the red banks to about a half mile from horse camp
Posted Oct 21, 2014 5:00 pm

watterdogwe made it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2013
A fun climb on a great day.
Posted Sep 23, 2014 1:35 am

locke456Clear Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014

locke456

My first 14er and my first solo above 10,000. Went up the Clear Creek route and slept overnight to acclimate at the popular basecamp area just below 9000. Could have climbed the rest of the route without touching snow but took a few snowfields on the way up to break up the scree-climbing. Hit the fields on the way back down for a 2000 foot glissade and an 800 foot one. All in all, one of the best climbing experiences I've ever had. Coming back next summer, maybe to try the West Face Gully.
Posted Sep 21, 2014 3:43 pm

trexkerryDayhike from Clear Creek TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2014
With my brother - 7.5 hours up and 4 hours down from Clear Creek TH. The route up wasn't as bad as feared, scrambled up rocks whenever possible over the last 1,500 feet as the trail would have been a nightmare. Coming down was easy, although loose in sections where caution is warranted. Only acclimated for 4 hours at 9,000 feet the day before, and was really slow above 13,000 but somehow all our energy came back once we got to the top. Grueling day for sure. Trip report is HERE.
Posted Sep 6, 2014 4:44 pm

thelocsFirst 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2014

thelocs

Long day on the Clear Creek route but persevered to reach the top of my first 14er. No snow left but the loose rock and slippery conditions along the steepest sections made for an exhausting hike.
Posted Aug 21, 2014 3:02 am

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