Hotlum-Bolam Ridge. Very fun, very difficult. Lots of snow on the glacier, ridges were melted out, but had a great time and a successful summit.
Climbed from the north side parking lot to the southside parking lot in 11 hours. north was fun south was a mess. not the most fun way to do it but a physical challenge for sure
packed skis up the trail way to far for mediocre snow. great views on a calm day.
Climbed with Morgan. Made Marine Camp the day before and found running water and great dry camp sites. The last bit up the Marine Camp was a real slog! Left for summit at 330a. Made it past Rabbit Ears by 7a and chose to go straight up from here, climbing mostly 2nd and 3rd class rock right to the false summit. We crossed the saddle to the main summit and watched the hordes of people come up from the Avalanche Gulch side. We downclimbed route and made it back to the car by 2p.
Climbed the Hotlum-Bolam route with SMGs. Awesome weather for summit day.
glissade. big day.
Great conditions all the way up. First time climbing Mount Shasta, really enjoyed this route to the top.
Waited out thunderstorms at North Gate one night, then hiked up to Marine Camp and made the summit the next morning. Good amount of sun cupping, but otherwise good conditions and no one else on the mountain. Very fun!
Great Route , perfect snow conditions. Got a late start due to wind and hit turn around time about 800 ft shy. Loved the route and ready to go back to finish up. Great time of year for the route in my opinion. Camped at the high camp on the ridge, fantastic!
1st 14er. Climbed with my guide buddy. Perfect weather... clear sky, no wind.
Had to hold off going up Fri nite because of weather, so came to the North Gate TH with snow in the parking lot. Spent the nite at 9400, because too much fog prevented further ascent. Summited on Suday. Besides 4 to 6 inches of fresh snow to slog through, conditions were perfect. Saw about 12 other climbers, some of them were skiiers. The summit was very busy with Memorial Day Ave Gulch Climbers. Route was very steep, but besides a layer of fresh snow, conditions were good all the way up. No ice!!
Think this is still skiable? Just wondering how much sun cupping and runneling you saw on the route, and how far down the snow still comes as of Jul. 30th
had a nice climb up the H-B Ridge route with my friend Tim. There were a couple other groups on the route this day, including an organized class. Camped at 10,000' in a dry site with flowing water. Pretty fun route and different experience on Mt Shasta. Did see a bowling ball sized rock whiz down "the ramp", but otherwise no rockfall observed.
Solo trip. Was able to camp on dry ground with running water at 9500 feet. Met a few familiar SPers along the way. Great view of the mountain from throughout this route.
Have climbed and descended this route a number of times. Great fun !
Climbed with Mark Strahan over the course of 2-days, slept at around 10,800 on the ridge. We were the only two on the north side. Great conditions, small wind slabs on the upper mountain. We accidentally took the the wrong chute directly to the right of the Headwall which was a bit mixy but ended up traversing west over the to the Rabbit's Ears and on to the Bolam then up to the plateau at the Sulphur Springs.
Great climb with MountaingirlBC. We were the only two on the north side of the mountain, and didn't see anyone else while on the summit either. Conditions were much better than expected with only one small "yucky" section early on. Loved our little variation to the summit which came out at a bivy site a short easy walk away from the true summit.
Headed up with no real expectation of summitting given the conditions reports we'd been able to dig up. The words "ice bouldering" had been mentioned and everything we had heard/read lead us to believe that the route was 'VERY VERY' icy. Were pleasantly surprised to only encounter one yucky section fairly early on. We kept expecting to run into an impenetrable wall of ice but before we knew it, we couldn't go up any more :) Did a fun little variation with some 4th class rock to gain the ridge. Descended the Bolum glacier which as big open crevasses that are difficult to see from above. Excellent day out!
One partner and I came in from North Gate and camped at the last line of rocks directly below the route at around 10K. There was a small pool of water in camp. We ascended the route as described with one variation veering left to climb the rocks / snow between the Hotlum right hand ice gully and the route itself. We roped up on this for about a pitch and topped out at the Cats Ears, then continued up the route. This route is scenic and not too difficult, with a great view of the Hotlum and Bolam glaciers. Considering this, and that most people do not come to this side of the mountain, it is in my opinion the best all around route on Shasta.