There was snow about 1-2 thousand feet below the Red Banks, through the Red Banks, and then above them it was completely dry. Beautiful, frigid morning summit.
First ever peak ascent. Two day summit. Beautiful mountain...but could not escape my raging headache. Great experience.
Camped on Casaval Ridge and climbed to the summit the next day. We descended the West Face and traversed back to camp. Super trip!
Wanted to do this for most of my life. Finally got around to it last June. Stayed at horse camp and summited the next day. I ended up buying an annual pass because I didn't think I would summit the first time. Not wanting to waste it I came back the first week the old ski bowl opened up and climbed in 1 day. I'll definitely climb this one again by different routes.
I went up the Avalanche Gulch route. People scared me about the Red Banks but there was nothing to worry about at all there. I think the most challenging part was the long haul before the Banks. It looked like my group was the only group to make it on the morning we went. Lots of people turned back before the Banks (as we saw on our way down). OK glissade on the way down but a little too steep for me on or below the RBs- I walked down a bit first. :)
Climbed the Casaval Ridge. Originally planned on bringing skis for the descent, but didn't. I regretted the decision as the West Face looked to be a great ski run.
A climbing partner and I led a blind friend of mine up one of the harder (Hotlum-Wintun Ridge)routes and he did great. He had only climbed Mt. St. Helens before, so it was huge a accomplishment, even for a sighted person. It was for us too.
Solstice 2006, July 2007. Skiing off summit with 7000vertical of velvet both times. Oh yeah!
All of my hard work and training paid off. Only 2 out of a group of 6 made it to the top. A lot of snow and ice this year. Great experience!
Traversed to the ridge from the other side of the mountain from our camp out of Northgate. Summited and decided via the Bolam and back down the Hotlam-Bolam Ridge.
Straightforward climb, up the main Red Banks chimney. Still lots of snow left for this time of year. We didn't witness any rockfall. Windy and cold at Misery Hill. Awesome glissade back to Helen!
I climbed up Avy Gulch. I did it solo but I didn't feel like I was alone :) I had an awesome time snow was nice and hard but I did start at 1:00 a.m. Good times in the dark!!! I didn't think the altitude would bug me to much but I started to hurt around 12000. It was a long day on the mountain I think I was on the mountain 15 hrs.
This mountain has it in for me. Got blown off Casaval for the 2nd time.
bivied at 10,850 saturday night, climbed to the summit in just under five hours. No running water; had to melt old snow. Had the north side, maybe the entire mountain, all to ourselves this weekend
aesthetic route -- looking forward to climbing this again in summer
Good time, great conditions up avy gulch...made quick work of the mountain.
Two day summit. I had a blast. 13,500 seems to be when the alti always hits me. Luckily not as much falling rock as the weeks before.
First attempt on Shasta proved to be an awesome and fun experience. I decided to solo Ave Gulch and the only hitch in the experience was the ice fall from climbers and natural formations above. I really enjoyed finally getting atop this mountain that has escaped me for the last five years.
Limited by time and diverted by bad weather on Rainier, we changed plans last minute and headed down to Shasta where the sun was guaranteed to shine. The weather did not disappoint and after catching a couple hours of sleep at the trail head, we headed out at about 0800 in the morning. At a reasonable pace, we summited at just before 1600 and were back at the car by 1945. I promise I will never try it in a single day again.
Got a hall pass to escape the 95 degree heat and humidity in DC and was welcomed by 109 degrees in Redding. Climbed via Avalanche Gulch and stayed at Horse Camp. Wished we stayed at the lake because the 6,000' + on summit day (from Horse Camp) is pushing it - Misery Hill earned its name - was more gassed on Shasta than most of the bigger peaks I've climbed in the Andes. Nice to be able to glissade down, and had a nice cup of coffee when I got back down to town. Beautiful mountain - will likely do this one again.
Brought my gear with me on a business trip and was lucky enough to squeeze in an attempt on Shasta. I packed light up to Helen lake noting that I was the only one there without a tent. After being woken up several times by mountain weasels walking across my legs trying to break into my pack, I was up at 3:30 and off by 4:00. The conditions were great. The red banks were the steepest portion, but very manageable. I summitted around 8:30am.