Mount Shasta Climber's Log

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drdown - Nov 23, 2012 1:22 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2012

Great First Summit  Sucess!

This was my first experience with mountaineering. Had a great time, picked up some valuable skills, and thoroughly enjoyed the summit.


Brbiggs - Nov 18, 2012 6:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2012

Not as easy as the first time!  Sucess!

Second attempt at the mountain, the first was the slog up Clear Creek. This time I wanted to begin my glacier travel history with the common Avalanche Gulch route which I found to be substantially more taxing then the CC route. Started 11PM from Bunny Flats, I summited at 9am and glissaded my arse back to humanity quick like. 7k+ ft. in one go?.. not again most likely. =)


Brbiggs - Nov 18, 2012 6:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2011

Grand Reward after 280mi Hitchhike  Sucess!

I decided to climb Mt. Shasta after listening to the memorable tales of some older fellows whom I respected. SP instantly became my go to site for trip planning. I had minimal climbing gear so I chose the Clear Creek route which I began not at the trail head, but at the turnoff of highway 89 at the base of the mountain. I started whacking the bush and passed the trail head around 6pm continuing until I reached the head of the icy springs, setting up camp just before nightfall with the the nearly full moon rising and a thunderstorm to the south. Began the anticipated scree-spree up the talus-palace just before sunrise. I took around 3 hours to reach the snow covered summit where I bathed shirtless in the sun for nearly 2 hours before saying my goodbyes and scree-skiing my way down. It was at that point I knew I would climb much much higher in the years to come.


Fairweather - Oct 27, 2012 1:42 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

Day hike up Clear Creek  Sucess!

Strenuous day with my son up the endless rubble of Clear Creek. The only time we touched snow was on the summit plateau. First time up Shasta. Best part was coming down. Would have reached the trailhead in under 3 hours if not for bloody toes. Would have been better off coming up one of the glacier routes. Now I know why I love the Sierra.


orbitor - Oct 15, 2012 1:59 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2012

Via Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Finally successful on 2nd try. My favorite mountain and best climb so far. Single-day push from Bunny Flat via Avalanche Gulch. No words can express the feelings of standing on the summit and looking down from the stratosphere, seemingly. Perfect weather, perfect snow, fantastic group. It was just epic. Forever on the mountain.


rdesota - Oct 8, 2012 12:24 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 2004

Ski Summit  Sucess!

Great ski descent down the hotlum bolum route. Also skied red banks three years prior. Windy day, but got nicer as the day progressed.


cturturica - Oct 2, 2012 3:31 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011

Truly A Majestic Mountain  Sucess!

Did it on September 5-6, 2010 with my dad and again on September 10, 2011. Both times I did the Ski Bowl rout over Greene Butte and up Avalanche Gulch. The second time I did it solo in 10hr 20min. That was after driving from home in Redding, CA at about 560ft elevation. So I went from 560ft to 14,179ft in just over 12hr. I want to climb a differed rout next season. Maybe Casaval Ridge or the Whiney Glacier Rout. These were the only times I made it to the summit but I have been up on the mountain about a dozen times. I’ve even snowboarded from just above the Red Banks (the base of Misery Hill) down to Bunny Flats. I was going for the summit but a dense cloud forced me down. Once I tried an all-night climb. I left at 8PM and made it to the Red Banks just as the sun was coming up. I was hoping to make the summit before sunrise and shoot the sunrise with my 5DmarkII so when the sun came up I just went back down. I also didn’t make it the first time, but did the second time though. After that I made about 3 or 4 attempts that failed before my solo summit. Got turned back motley by bad Weather and once in Jan 2011 by a friend getting a bad blister from some rented Touring Ski Boots. That was the most annoying turn around because the mountain was so still not even a breeze and it had just snowed a few days before. The mountain was covered in powder.

This is the mountain that inspired me to climb. Growing up in Redding where the mountain is visible most of the time I just felt this urge to conquer the peak and find out what was up there and what I could see from there. After climbing it Mountaineering got in my blood. Here is what my dad and I wrote on the summit log the first time on the summit. “The view make me think how small and insignificant we are compared with this blue planet… --Daniel Turturica” “…and to think that the Creator God is interested and involved in our wellbeing only makes it more awesome. –Corneliu Turturica”


RickF - Sep 24, 2012 1:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

Shasta Perseverence  Sucess!

It took me 6 (yes six) attempts to finally reach the summit of Shasta. This is due to a variety of reasons including bad weather, bad rockfall, and sick or injured partners.

Clear Creek Route, Single push, Alpine-light in under 24 hours. Started at 10:30 p.m. Friday night, finished at 8:45 p.m. Saturday night. Descended from Summit to Trailhead in 6.5 hours. Carried ice-axe & crampons but did not need to use them. Good weather. Went up Clear Creek route, followed visible use trail to rock band above "Mushroom" rock, went right/east of rock band, then turned left/west to summit plateau. descended through chute in rock band. Took three extneded stops while ascending to rest and to allow our bodies to adjust to altitude. Saw only one other group of three making the summit.


muajee - Sep 17, 2012 4:28 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2011

via Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Nice and easy.

Would like to go up via different routes in the future.


TheNobleSunfish - Sep 15, 2012 5:43 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2012

Avalanche gulch sans snow  Sucess!

Avalanche gulch C2C. A bit windy and cloudy at the top, but was surprised not to see anyone else climbing the peak!


JoelSkok - Sep 13, 2012 10:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1980

Bunny Flats/ South Side  Sucess!

In the best shape of my life, a solo scramble--parking lot to parking lot in an easy day. Some tipidness on the summit, lots of sulphur smell and other people sacked out other groveling around. Amazing day though, ate a whole lot of watermelon when I got back down to Weed.


scgrant - Aug 27, 2012 8:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

Route climbed Hotlum-Bolam Ridge.  Sucess!

Great weather the whole time we were on the mountain. From the Northgate TH we went up the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge route to the summit. Was able to celebrate my 34th birthday with my dad on the summit. An amazing experience.

Vitaliy M.

Vitaliy M. - Aug 27, 2012 3:43 pm

A few times  Sucess!

Avalanche Gulch x 2 overnight and day-hike (4 hrs 50 mins to the top)
Green Butte Ridge x 2 overnight and day-hike
Casaval ridge day-hike
West Face overnight
Whitney Glacier overnight
Hotlum glacier (left gully was good alpine ice) overnight


Cambot - Aug 20, 2012 7:54 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012

Up Hotlam-Bolam Ridge  Sucess!

Weather was perfect, if a bit smoky in the distance. Overnight at Marine Camp from North Gate, summit the next morning. Had the mountain to ourselves until afternoon.


DougBenton - Aug 12, 2012 9:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2010

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Solo route on a mountain I have always wanted to climb!


countrykyle - Aug 7, 2012 2:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

1st 14er!  Sucess!

My first time up at 14er!

mathewgj - Aug 6, 2012 7:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2012

Avy Gulch segment times  Sucess!

Waypoint Altitude Arrival Departure Segment time (min) Climb rate (ft/min)
Bunny Flat 6,880 - 1:30pm - -
Horse Camp 7,880 2:05pm 3:00pm 35 28.6
Lake Helen 10,400 4:45pm 2:00am 105 24
Red Banks 12,400 4:00am 4:00am 120 16.67
Summit 14,162 6:15am 6:15am 135 13.05
Lake Helen 10,400 8:00am 8:20am 105 -35.82
Horse Camp 7,880 9:45am 9:50am 85 -29.65
Bunny Flat 6,880 10:30am - 40 -25
Total ascent time (hours) 6.58
Total descent time (hours) 3.83


kteichert - Aug 3, 2012 8:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012

Beast!!  Sucess!

Summitted in 3 hours 56 minutes from Bunny Flat. Had a hard time on the ascent with no crampons or axe. Wore just shorts, a t-shirt, a day pack with 2L of water, ankle socks and low cut north face hiking boots. Was under-prepared if I was looking for comfort. The soft dirt and pebbles filled my shoes many times. Descended in 2 hours 19 minutes. Total hike time: 6 hours 15 minutes Total mileage 11.7 miles


mg1779 - Aug 1, 2012 2:23 am

Attempt Failed

Didn't make it to the top, but will try again very soon.


jboldt1971 - Jul 31, 2012 11:42 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2012

If At First You Don't Succeed...  Sucess!

I tried to summit in May with skis but had to turn around when the snow was getting too soft. I didn't drag those things all the way up there to ski crappy snow. This time around I left the skis behind and made the summit no problem. A little under 5 hours from Helen Lake. Summited with my cousin Cory. Found very few other people on the mountain but met a couple of very cool people on the summit. Well worth the effort!

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