Day one up to high camp around 10,000 ft. Clear and calm night. Left for summit at 330a. Climbed directly up snowfield above camp, crossed the rocky ridge to the Wintun Glacier side just below the headwall. Stayed to the right of the big spire rock and went straight up the steep snow slope to the summit, arriving at 8a. Was crazy busy up there with Avalanche Gulch climbers. Had to wait at the summit for awhile for the snow to soften up for snowboarding. Dropped in from the summit at about 10a and snowboarded down the upper portion of the Wintun Glacier then crossed over to the snowfield above camp, just below the headwall and boarded that to camp. Hiked the rest of way back to vehicle arriving at ~2p.
Perfect base camp at 10,000'. No overnight refreeze, but easy skinning conditions almost all the way to the summit. Bootpack only final 200' vertical. At least 20 other skiers on the route. Fun! First successful summit for me.
standard, camped at 9600', perfect conditions. would like to ski it next time.
Quick two day trip with Steve Eckert
Absolutely perfect weather conditions and a lingering deep snow pack allowed for a late season corn fest. Although the added weight of skis slowed me down a bit, it was an easy straight forward climb with an amazing ski descent! Looking forward to doing it again.
6/8/13 - Climbed/skied the route again, but changed it up a bit and descended via the chute to the climbers right of the H/W Ridge (to the left of Hotlum Headwall). Made for a steeper ski descent, but much better corn conditions! A night/day difference in snow coverege since 2011 when I last did this route, due to bad winter this year and record winter in 10/11'.
7000' of spring corn on Memorial Day weekend! One of the best ski descents I've done! Climbed with my friends John and Nick. I thought the route was crowded when I counted 10 people, until I summited and saw the line of people coming up the west side. The ranger on top said that 175 people had pulled summit permits. Suddenly sharing the route with 10 people didn't seem so bad. :) We camped at a nice spot around 10,600', and enjoyed seeing the shadow of Mount Shasta work its way across the landscape below as the sun set.
Descended after climbing an ice chute above the Hotlum-Wintun snowfield.
Skied this from summit twice, both runs were 7000+ft of snow. Awesome. Totally awesome.
Impressive how nice the skiing is mid July. We could ski from the summit to 1/2 mile before the trail head.
Third summit, this time on the Hotlum Wintun Ridge, at 9:10am. Left camp at 8900 feet at 2:45am. A bunch of nice, but somewhat dusty, campsites at 8900 feet. We took the left drainage up, so we bypassed the campsites at 9600-9800 feet, which from what I read are on the right drainage. I highly recommend this route, a lot of fun. On a hot day, you need to get up there early, as the snow remained fairly unconsolidated and deep up high this late in the season and postholing was a serious issue for me. Almost didn't make it.
Long day, hiking at 5, skinning at 6, and we were able to skin 65%, before the bootpack. Top 2K was pristine skiing, lovely solid snow, then 3K of fun skiing, then 2k suncups. This mountain has a spirit like no other.
Fourth time to the summit and first time solo. Really enjoyed the trip- and the peace and solitude- didn't see anyone until hiking out. Trailhead was just melting out and had to drive over/around snow and downed trees to reach it.
Used this route as fitness trainig for Rainier. A fun climb, with only snow and your own fitness to worry about. Safe, easy, and scenic.
did this with friend Jon as training for 6 week south america trip. very fun. Nobody on the route at all. long slog to high camp. climbed on right side of "ridge", crossed over a gap and headed up to summit and 10,000 other climbers. summit shot then back down. Slick ice on the way down from summit is good for practicing arrests, wether you want to or not.