clmbr wrote:The only safe place I know on Shasta is the summit itself because it is covered with blue ice, but not sure if you would be able to make it in a day with a full backpack. The only creatures you can find there are humans, but they usually don’t bite; however, you can never be sure.
sfgfan10 wrote:tguha/Tapas: I'm also looking to solo shasta in the coming weeks, though preferably by a glaciated route. If I can find a partner, I'd rather do it with a partner. Do you have any glacier experience, and would you be interested in teaming up and taking a glaciated route?
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JHH60 wrote:If by "treking" you just want to hike up to a nice place to camp and enjoy the beauty of the mountain, then Horse Camp is your best bet, since the trail to that spot is obvious, the camping spots are relatively protected, and this time of year there is excellent clean water available at the spring, and a composting toilet. Lake Helen is the next popular spot, though somewhat exposed to wind, and if snow levels are low (as I gather they are now) you will be camping among volcanic rocks and sand and wind-blown pumice will find its way into all your gear. If you don't have a solid, well anchored tent (preferably protected by a wind-wall of rock or snow) it can easily be torn apart or blown off the mountain in the wind. There are no facilities here (you'll need to pack a WAG bag) and any water will be from snow runoff and/or melting snow. As noted on the route page you'll also need to have a summit permit to reach Lake Helen or any other point above 10K'.
If you're planning to summit then most people who are overnighting start from one of these spots, and ascend to the summit with a day pack and retrieve their campsite on the way down. If you go light and start early enough, you can do the mountain in a day from Bunny Flat. As the SP route description notes this route requires basic snow climbing skills and gear even in summer so you should be prepared for that if you are going for the summit.
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