Last completed, solo during May, 2007. Only climbed the ridge; I've climbed this thing before and don't need much more experience on Misery Hill and the slog across to the summit.
Done in a single day, my fifth time on Shasta. I Love this mountain.
Climbed with Andre and Marta. Third time was a charm. Weathered out on successive attempts 2 previous weeks. Cold and windy on Misery Hill and the summit. A horde of climbers ascending Avy Gulch. Descended via Avy Gulch and traverse to regain Casaval high camp.
Excellent weekend with no more weather than a little (okay, a lot) wind. Camped below the hourglass. Up and kicking steps at 3 a.m. and hit the summit by 11:30
This was my first time up Shasta and I was fortunate to be able to climb with Forjan & Mdostby, who have summited Shasta multiple times. We were the only ones on Casaval Ridge that day.Roundtrip was a few minutes over 12 hours. I look forward to climbing this route again.
Up Casaval with Vendula and Michal (start 4.30am, summit 12.30pm), ski down West Face, with an injury accident at the bottom of WF (Hidden Valley). Epic to get out.
Shut down at 10 thousand due to good and stormy conditions.
I tried to dayhike the route twice before, failing due to an oncoming cold and a freaky windslab. This time I was successful despite bruising my ribs the day before. Excellent route!
Fun route, gorgeous views, beautiful weather. Could I have asked for more?
Me and my buddy set up camp at the first window and woke up early for a good alpine morning start but we were moving to slowly to make it to the top. Oh well there is always this year... mmmm maybe in February or March? I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for good weather and low avy danger!!
I have never seen Casaval so bare of snow... we were still able to connect the snow fields by weaving left and right. Started around 6am, got to the top of the ridge where it connects to West Face/Catwalk around 11.30am and called it a day due to high winds. Skiing West Face was an epic between 13k-11k due to icy bumpy surface. Below that skiing was decent. All in all a good day in the mountains.
3 of our friends got caught in a major storm on the mountain attempting a winter ascent the year before - which thus gave us the idea to try it in winter the next year. Casaval is a beautiful climb. We approached while the upper half of the peak was wrapped in a storm and so setup a high camp at around 10K ft. Summit day turned out to be perfect (I believe it was Dec 31, but I forget). Descending from our high camp the next day, we decided to glissade into the bottom part of Avalanche Gulch. I began the glissade with my SLR camera under my arm and soon needed to roll to that side to arrest the human-toboggan I'd become (all while protecting the camera). It didn't work, and soon I hit a lip and started cartwheeling. Not wanting to impale myself with my axe, I threw it to the side, knowing that the slope would eventually mellow out. Still, I tumbled for about 400 vertical feet down a decent angled slope. Yup, lost a lot of skin on that one. But I did eventually come to a stop. And the camera survived.
This was my first foray into the world of mountaineering and I loved it. We had great weather and enjoyed a beautiful, if not a little cold, summit. I'm hungry for more!
Did an ascent in winter coniditons of Casaval ridge.
Route: Avalanche Gulch-Casaval Ridge-West Face Variation
Solo. This year Mt Shasta had very low snowfall vs the average.
Left Horse Camp at 0800. Ascended AG to about 9000 feet then gain CR (1130). Stayed on CR til about 10500 feet, then traversed over to WF variation. (Stopped about 100 feet below Red Colored Rock /Red Banks elev (1600) then glissaded WF variation. Descended past horse camp. Had to backtrack and traverse over a couple minor ridges to get back to camp. Too tired to check watch or eat dinner. (Guessing on the elevations). I had fun none the less, and got a good survey of the other routes.
Climbed most of the route in the dark to try and beat a storm, but we made some route-finding mistakes which resulted in a more difficult climb than it needed to be. Got to the base of Misery Hill about 7:30 a.m. but weather was already moving in. Moderate winds with blowing snow and decreasing visibility. Opted to turn around there.
Ascended Casaval Ridge from the BC @ 9800 ft in the First Window. Started at 3 am, topped out at 10 am. There were some cold wind, but otherwise perfect snow and weather conditions. We got some cloud cover on the way down the Avy Gulley and had to wait for the whiteout conditions to dissipate.
Training climb via Catwalk with Kris and Vendulka. Route in great shape. Started calm at 4am, then high winds, we topped out in a whiteout and happily skipped Misery Hill.
Climbed as many of the pinnacles as I could in big boots (skipped a few in the first half), bivied in the last nice flat notch halfway up, finished by going around the west side of Misery Hill (more technical, great view of Whitney Gl.) and up. Bivied again on descent (for more acclimatization before teaching friends on the north side). Absolutely gorgeous, and not another soul on the ridge.