Altitude grabbed me at the top of the red banks! Coming back next year though
Red Banks Chimneys variation.
2nd time up Shasta, 1st time up Avalanche Gulch. Good route. Camped at Horse Camp...makes for long summit day but the later you are on the mountain, the softer and better the snow for the slide down.
Clear weather. I think everybody who tried summitted that day. However the next day was foggy and everyone turned back.
Beautiful, sunny, warm, calm day. Route snow-covered, beginning to end. Hard on the way in, soft on the way out. For a moment, I imagined John Muir on the route during his historic climb.
Lots of snow all the way from Bunny Flat Trailhead. Straightforward climb but is very crowded.
Tristan and I summited via Avalanche Gulch route. Spent night at Helen Lake and left for summit at 330a. Route above Helen Lake was icy and hard. To mix things up, ice climbed through one of the middle Red Banks chutes. Little to no snow above Red Banks made Misery Hill and summit pinnacle straight forward and painless. Down the route and back to car at Bunny Flat by noon.
Finally got around to climbing Shasta. Busy weekend on the mountain, but I enjoyed a fun, scenic, and warm dayhike from Sand Flat, up AG, and then down the West Face Gully.
Lucked out and got a winter accent of mt Shasta in
Drove all night from San Diego , hit breakfast at hi/lo. Left trailhead at 9, long stop and Horse camp. mellow pace , hit snow about 3/4 mile up from horse camp , stayed on left in gully to Helen Lake. 5 tents or so, great sleep. Should have stuck to early start plan, left camp at 6. Recommend 4. Hit banks 2 from climbers right. Summit! warm as heck on way down, postholing on misery hill. Went almost all the way climbers right, but berg pulled most out on top so we went one from right then cut through rocks.. glisade all the way to camp (thankfully). So hot, applied sunblock tons, but did not get lips.. stupid and sucks. boiled , packed and walked out. Great trip. Met a 68 year old women killing it on the climb!!
From 9600 camp, this one would have been better as a day trip.
Many, many times
35 mile an hour winds on our summit bid. But we made it.
Ticked off December for a climb of Mount Shasta during every calendar month over a period of several years. This trip was cold, dark, and frankly horrid climbing even without the -38 wind chill in the forecast. Chose this route simply to minimize the wind... think I'm done with this area for Decembers!
Also nice overnight trip in fairly cold but good conditions on February 2, 2013. Went left of The Heart which was a lot more interesting when traversing under the Red Banks than the standard route.
Also got my first winter ascent in after many trips up the mountain on January 20, 2013. Great conditions... long dayhike.
And did this route on June 7, 2003 and August 7, 2005.
With the little brother, camped at Helen's lake. Greatness.
Second time on the mountain. First successful summit. Looking to climb the Casaval Ridge next month. Can't wait to try that route out.
in winter conditions. I see where the route gets its name...
Definitely the least technical way to climb Shasta. The soft dirt under the rocks is a pain to navigate cuz the slopes are so steep and the angle of repose of the rocks is at a treacherous level. I didn't like the red ledges at all. I thought they were nerve racking. But that mountain was a beast to climb
Tried to climb in march,had white out conditions.Came back in June to a beautiful blue bird day and had a great climb.Clear skies Good snow pack.