I decided to climb this route in 1 day. It was harder then I expected but through sheer will and mental determination I pulled it off! 14hrs from TH to summit. 2.75 hrs to ski down (mostly in white out) A beautiful route! but very hard as a 1 day climb (this was my first 14er) Watch the video for the full experience!
The Catwalk was out due to a landslide. Great conditions on the rest of the route.
brutal 22 hour day of climbing. great accomplishment
Plenty of snow and the route was good. Unfortunately I was injured prior to the climb so I only made it up to our high camp. My kids went a little further to check out the gendarme's and the catwalk and then returned to camp. Temps just above 0 deg and winds pretty high on first day. Beautiful route that I returned to do in 2015, but a recent heavy snow on top of a hardened crust left lots of unconsolidated snow conditions. Climbing rangers advised against an ascent so we climbed in Yosemite.
Good snow coverage, but thin...not sure how long it will hold up. Catwalk already partially/fully melted out in a couple spots. Skis would have been ideal for descent as the snow hasn't fully consolidated and as such descent on foot/snowshoes really sucked. Surprised by how few climbers we saw given the conditions, lots of skiers getting turns though. Season will definitely be moved up a bit this year, my guess would be a month ahead of normal.
Climbed with a team of eight from SMC. Weather shut us down on the first day but not on the second. Perfect weather and great snow conditions. The finish at the top of the ridge is a true classic.
Casaval Ridge was melted at the hourglass and catwalk so we took the ridge as far as we could then cut over to the west face. The weather was perfect almost no wind except a little on the summit plateau.
It's looks like Green Butte and Casaval are done for the season. Avalanch Gulch still had plenty of snow. Misery Hill was almost completed melted and the switchbacks were exposed.
We also had a full moon! That gave us some awesome night views. Climbed with a party of 8 with Sierra Mountaineering Group.
Really fun climb with some of my best friends. Pretty icy, difficult route finding, the catwalk was sketchy, and sulfur vents at the summit plateau nearly made me vomit. Almost didn't make the summit. But it was way fun. Great glissading down the gulch.
Solo dayhike the first morning up, a bit thougher breaking trail the whole route without acclimating but it was well worth it. Just a bit of snow remaining on the catwalk still. By weather the following day proved the dayhike to be a good decision.
First climbed on May 1, 2011 as an overnight, lots of snow on the route that year and clear blue skies, just a little wind. The views were fantastic.
My brother and I climbed the Casaval Ridge as our first climb of Shasta. Great Route, great time, great weather. We spent the first night at 9800 and summited the next day and came back to spend the night again at high camp.
Good conditions all around, found the snow slopes a little easier than expected and catwalk just as sketchy as expected.
Ski attempt with Matt and Robin-2004 but we got weathered off.
fun ski out though.
Part of team of six
Possibly for the first time this winter, Casaval is now in fantastic shape. Party of 10 with Sierra Mountaineering Group left camp at 9600 and summited in firm snow with little wind at 9:45, descending Avy Gulch and traverse back to camp. Scenic and fun.
Once in 2010 as a Dayhike, once in 2011 as overnight.
Truly a classic climb. The 11k camp is the best way to go if the winds aren't howling. Travel light and carry your camp with you and you will be back to your car in no time.
Great climb, great weather with Sid
Snowcamped on ridge @ 10300' in June 2006 after big late-spring dump. Snowcamped around the first window in April 2010. Love the Catwalk !
Nuking + Wind snapped my Trango 2 in half. Bailed and drank beer instead.