hikenorcal wrote:No the Dodger fan didn't summit. Carried way too much gear to giddy giddy. I need some tips on how to travel light. I am guessing my pack was 45 lbs. By the time I hauled that pack to the top of Giddy Giddy, I was exhausted. Didn't wake unitl 4 am. Knew our summit bid was over. We climbed the route past the bivy site at 10,400 or so. We didn't go much further past that point. Sunday was absoultely beautiful.
9 hours!!!! That is incredible. Nice work.... That is the work of a champion....
We are the two that camped near the person who summited with you. He was also a champion. Nice work to anyone who summited Shasta on 4-25. The winds were off the hook Saturday night.
Ah, now I remember you guys. Thanks for letting me camp there -- I wasn't sure it would be ok with three parties that close together. But you're right, the winds on Saturday were such that you pretty much couldn't hear anything outside the tent I thought it calmed down quite a bit on Sunday, but it was still cold & windy. Two words: windstopper balaclava !
As I recall you guys brought a rope & pickets -- that would weight you down too. There really isn't much point in bringing gear on most south side routes so that's something you can leave out next time.
West Face Gully is a nice route, I've done it several times. The crux really is getting to Hidden Valley It's only about a mile from the hut, but a lot of people seem to climb up a snow gully too early to a spur of Casaval Ridge above the valley. WFG should be in shape well into June or even July this year I would think. And it's way less windy than camping on Casaval. Feel free to shoot me an email before your trip and I can send you some pics & GPS coordinates.