Last weekend we were off to the backside of Shasta for a run up what is probably the least climbed route on the mountain, though not deservedly so.
Nice meadows and springs en route to the mountain. The spring water was ice cold as it emerged.
In one of the moraines we came across some bones. I thought I had seen about everything on Shasta, but this was pretty bizarre. For a moment we wondered what sort of creature it must have been… there were TONS of bones there. Finally we found a horseshoe to solve the mystery. But how a horse could have gotten there was beyond me. Extremely rough terrain, and I did suppose anyone would be taking one out there when it was snowcovered.
We had a great camp surrounded by glacier runoff right on the moraine. Rockfall was everywhere, but we were well protected.
Beginning the climb on the first broken up bit of the glacier the second day.
View of the highest waterfall on Mount Shasta… few have been there.
Open crevasse between the second and third icefall.
Working our way up. The block of ice in the background made for a nice play area in the morning, about 12 feet high maybe.
Wide ramp in the middle of the third icefall, the bergshrund still out of view above. We did a lot of zigzagging around and playing on the features on the way. A great benefit to the bulk of the glacier being below 12000 feet.
Looking down on the bergshrund and the glacier below. We crossed right in the middle, placed one picket to protect those that followed (it was a few feet of vertical ice) but otherwise didn’t deposit any gear.
Finally the full crew makes it to the summit. One of the most spectacular days I have had on the mountain!