Simply an astounding mountain. Not the best views in the world, but the view from the bottom is unmatched in all of California.
Climbed the West Gully route direct with my brother (reconronin949) towards Catwalk Crux in hopes of connecting with the Knife-Edge Ridge towards Whitney Glacier. While there was still enough snow on the Catwalk, we ended up down climbing below the Knife-Edge Ridge as the conditions did not permit a safe traverse. We made the top of the West Face and had an uneventful slog up a dry Misery Hill to the summit. Weather was perfect. Glissaded most of the West Face on our return. Lots of nice folks were met along the way including Roxanne who is the caretaker at Horse Camp. No space aliens were sighted. Thanks for climbing with me Recon.
There was one last remaining ribbon of snow all the way up the West Face route, but I suspect it's gone now. Terrible snow year so you better hurry up. BTW does anyone have any idea if the cascade gulch route still exists. Everyone on the mountain warned against it due to the Whitney Glacier cross over, hence the West Face Route, which was kinda lame. Strait, steep, boring. Misery hill is completely bare right now.
I attempted the Casaval Ridge in May, but ended up traversing the slopes below the ridge before joining up with the West Face gully. There was not much snow left on the ridge. As always, the mountain was beautiful. I descended Avy Gulch and traversed to my camp without really having to regain any elevation. I will be back again!
Camped at Marine's Camp, walked over to the Lower Whitney Glacier, roped up and climbed until we got to Whitney/Shastina Saddle. Climbed the west face of the upper ridge of the Cascade Gulch. From there to the top via Misery Hill. Very easy hike and slide back down the Hotlum/Bolam Ridge to our basecamp.
Climbed with several members of the Utah Climbing Club.
4th time is a charm. First successful summit after three previous aborted ski ascents over the past 15 years. Hot day, overnight temps did not go below freezing or solidify the snowpack much. This however made it feasible and easy to skin up the entire Hotlum Wintun ridge route (veering onto the upper Wintun) almost the entire way to the summit. Bootpacked only the final 200 vertical feet. Light breeze and warm temps on the summit. Ski descent was nice.
First time I got to be roped in! Went left of heart coming up the West Face. Thanks to Shasta Mountain Guides for teaching me some great principles of mountaineering!
This was a great peak to introduce me to mountain climbing. I had a ton of fun learning the tricks of the trade and getting to the top! We lucked out and had beautiful weather.
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. =)