low snow year, misery ridge completely exposed. casaval is a fun route, very interesting despite not being hard... people call it 4th class (and this could vary with season) but I found it to be almost all snow with two sections up to 45-50deg.
It was great climb after 4 years of break.....
Via H-B route
Flipped out at people trying to glissade red banks with crampons after getting popped in the head with a rock by someone who decided to stay off of snow. Wear your brain bucket! Despite that, beautiful hill, will definitely return many times for different routes.
First decent snow climb. Did with my brother Ed. It was a blast.
Single day push in prep for Mt Whitney. First time on snow and ice in a year so it took a while to get my pace down once crampons went on. Beautiful day and the glissade down was glorious.
Climbed Shasta via Casaval. Beautiful route but couldn't summit. Too much fresh powder. Nice and uncrowned, we were the only climbers on it.
Successfully summited Shasta via the Avalanche Gulch route
We camped at Hidden Valley and climbed via West face gully.. It was very nice and we got a good break in the weather considering how bad a snowstorm we dealt with just days before on Rainier.We also traversed over to Shastina which was a worthwhile climb as well...,Jim W
ran into Chad. wow. someone should have warned me. ha!
This was my first experience with mountaineering. Had a great time, picked up some valuable skills, and thoroughly enjoyed the summit.
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. =)
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.
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.
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.
Great ski descent down the hotlum bolum route. Also skied red banks three years prior. Windy day, but got nicer as the day progressed.
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”
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.
Nice and easy.
Would like to go up via different routes in the future.
Avalanche gulch C2C. A bit windy and cloudy at the top, but was surprised not to see anyone else climbing the peak!