Conitions couldn't have been better for a November ascent... I was in only one long sleeve layer for most of the climb. Camped at Shastarama with great views all around. No one else was climbing this weekend so had the place all to myself.
What a betch trying to figure out which way to traverse the gendarmes and rock bands across this section. Spectacular veiws and great mixed snow climbing. Snow was in better shape than Green Butte Ridge below.
After being denied on my first two attempts on Shasta (AMS and winter weather) I finally made it to the top! Even got to spend a night in an ice/snow cave above the Mud Creek Glacier due to my partners AMS, before our successful summit day.
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