Looking to hike Mt Shasta via clear creek. I've read both route info by mrchad9 and bubba suess. I have a couple of questions:
1. I do not plan to walk on areas with snow so would it be okay to not bring crampons and ice axe? 2. To lighten my load for the summit I was thinking of leaving tent and nonessentials at my campsite at clear meadows. Should I just carry my stuff? 3. Any other tips or suggestions?
I'll be climbing this solo but hopefully I'll meet others on the trail!
If you are in ok shape then you should be fine leaving your camping gear at the meadows. If you are not in ok shape then bring the gear will probably weigh you down so much you don't make it anyway!
Just remember how short the days are. This time of year I usually like to start a couple hours before first light, and plan on being ok to wrap it up in the dark too. So a good headlamp and ability to find camp in the dark if needed.
As far as crampons and ice ax, I really don't know. You should be able to tell when you are at the trailhead if it is light. Certainly from the meadows so you could at least take them to there. You can pretty much see to the summit plateau and if you see a route without them to there then I'm absolutely certain you can manage the last 300-400 feet that you can't see. But if you don't see a route near the top, that is probably the steepest part.
You may meet others... but I doubt it! Shasta is dramatically and undeservingly underclimbed this time of year.