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Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby jtree » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:21 pm

Thinking of heading up to do the Casaval ridge. This has been an unusual winter weather wise. Does anyone have any insight regarding the current conditions. Thanks
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby kaiwaldron » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:09 pm

Any recent updates on the Casaval Ridge route? I'm thinking about doing this on May 9 or 10. Because of the weak snow year it sounds like the prime climbing season is going to be a bit earlier than normal. So maybe early May will be too late?

Here's an update I found on shastaavalanche.org:

Casaval has been devoid of snow for most of the winter, however the weeks recent storm has deposited a few feet of snow on the route. Postholing is likely an issue and avalanche danger should be assessed. Exposed rocks are a possibility on the traverse from Casaval to the West Face. Otherwise, this route is a beautiful climb, physically challenging and should be in good shape for the next month or so. Green Butte/Sargents is in decent shape...lack of ice/snow on the rock spine above 11,600 can push the route onto the steep west slope with some necessary route finding through the rock bands to stay on snow. Be careful not to dislodge rocks onto the Avalanche Gulch climbers below you! This route doesn't see great conditions often, but is a great challenge and not for the weak of heart. Technical difficulties are usually not a problem for climbers on these routes however both of these routes have a lot of exposure for long falls, and are better off for experienced climbers.
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby bigairbear » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:19 pm

Has anyone been to Brewer Creek trailhead or Hotlum-Wintun recently? I'm thinking of heading up there first week in May.
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby juggernaut » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:41 pm

Bump !
Anyone been up Mt. Shasta recently (this month) ?
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby juggernaut » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:12 pm

Thanks for the info., telewoman !
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby clmbr » Tue May 01, 2012 7:44 pm

As of April 27 – 30, 2012, there was a lot of snow coverage everywhere on Shasta. However, the snow was getting wet and soft afternoon due to higher temperatures. Many people walked with snowshoes or skis. The wind was on and off but practically no snowing. Most climbed the CR, some AG and, perhaps, a few B and WS. I saw a few very minor avalanche tracks on both sides of CR. Overall it was a great weekend for climbing Mt Shasta.

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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby Vitaliy M. » Tue May 01, 2012 10:00 pm

One of my 'internet friends' climbed Green Butte ridge last weekend, said it was great and in good conditions.
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby ska21 » Wed May 02, 2012 8:13 pm

I went up Casaval Sunday April 29, 2012. The route is in great shape. Snow through the catwalk is solid, although a number of guides chose to take clients around it. I have some youtube video's of the hike. Here are the links:
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby juggernaut » Thu May 03, 2012 5:55 pm

Great pics and videos ! Thank you.
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby RickF » Sun May 06, 2012 1:19 am

Robin,

I want to say thank-you for sharing the great information about conditions and outings on Shasta. I'll be going with some friends in few weeks to make yet another attemp to reach the top. We're gonna try to summit on May 25. We're hoping to be just a little bit ahead of the Memorial Weekend spike in the number of visitors. I've made three previous trips to Shasta from Southern California. I haven't made it to the top yet but I've had fun trying and had some great ski runs descending from various turn around points on Avalanche Gulch and Clear Creek.

I've been checking your site at lease once a week throughout the winter for my sort of vicarious visits to Shasta to keep watch on conditions. Wow, what an unusual season! We're hoping to get some stable, good weather and snow conditions for our upcoming trip. So please keep posting the awesome reports and pictures.
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby juggernaut » Sat May 12, 2012 8:06 pm

Do we require snowshoes to get to Hidden Valley (West Face Gully) around this time of the year, or is the snow hard enough ? (Assuming we start around 8 am).
Can someone who has been there recently comment ?
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Re: Mt. Shasta Conditions

Postby luzak00 » Sat May 12, 2012 8:16 pm

juggernaut wrote:Do we require snowshoes to get to Hidden Valley (West Face Gully) around this time of the year, or is the snow hard enough ? (Assuming we start around 8 am).
Can someone who has been there recently comment ?


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