15 hours car to car. Great weather - far warmer than expected. Very little snow at the top. I skipped the normal final stretch and free soloed the opposite side. Went 5.6 maybe 5.7 with some crumbling rock. I couple of hikers started to follow me but I chased them off saying I wouldn't be responsible for them.
Was a really fun time.
Nice climb up Avy Gulch, perfect conditions. Skied all the way down to Bunny Flat parking lot from base of summit block (which was pure ice), more than 7k! Awesome day.
Up and down in 10 hours solo via Avalanche Gulch from Bunny Flats. Perfect weather on top. I was able to glissade from the base of Misery to Helen Lake which made for a quick descent. For acclimation I was at 11k three weeks before, 12k two weeks before, and walked up to the snow line the day before. I want to try a winter ascent with a guide. When it takes about the same time to slide down on your butt than it takes for people like Ghelfi to get up from Horse Camp, you get real humble.
Epic snow year. Normal snow pack, with precip continuing March, April, May and June. By July we were stoked, and so much so that we decided to ski summit. Went with Swiss mountaineer that could make the Matterhorn seem like a gentle rolling hill. Bootkicked to top, Summited an hour before sunset, and had the whole mountain to ourselves to ski down. Excellent conditions, icy chute at top and then nice and wide snowfields, 8000 feet vert!!!
Record-setting, not for me but for the crowds. There were hundreds (if not well over one thousand) of people at Bunny Flats, with parking extended 0.5-1.0 miles away from the parking area. I took my chances and happened to arrive at a spot near the sign-in/permit kiosk, just as another car was leaving. Some people were even double-parked! Horse Camp seemingly had hundreds of people, with tent sites scattered throughout the forest. The climb itself was fairly straightforward and well-defined as a result of so many people going up the route every day for probably at least two weeks. The conga line of climbers was a tad annoying to pass by but overall the trek was worth the effort.
This was my attempt to confront my fear of traveling on snow head-on. Climbed with a guide and learned a great deal about using crampons and an ice ax. It will probably be the standard by which other mountains are compared for a while
Left a little after 6, from Bunny Flats parking. High winds and storm clouds on top. Summit with perfect timing that it cleared-up,(Blue sky's). Yea! Manny others turn away from the summit, being socked in early morning. I'm sure they would of made it, if they left later for the summit. I guest, this is one time I am glad I slept in! Back to the car a little after 1pm,(7hrs r/t). No crampons, used steps from others and it warmed up later! Another plus. And, still plenty of snow where you can glissade more then half-way down.
Great route. Great weather and great friends!
Day trip up Avalanche Gulch route. Cool summit, nice weather, great views.
West Face via HVBC. Blue bird. Snow from parking lot. No snow shoes needed. Snow on the face was in great shape. Left HVBC at 6:00am. Glissaded from the top of the west face to the bottom (4000'). Have fun.
Warm Spring day. Left the Bunny at dawn. As usual these days, sizable crowd on the mountain, folks from Utah, Austria, and throughout N. California. Envied the boarders and skiers up and down. Descent was good when able to slide, not so much when on the feet. Soggy posts to calves or knees. Thanks to Jeff from San Jose for outstanding photos. Touched by Jeff at the top with his father's vintage ice axe, the axe from their first trip together on the mountain many years before.
A windy day forced me to leave the snowboard at Helen Lake. Made the summit no problems without that sail on my back (the same could not be said about most of the skiers who pushed on in the high winds). Beautiful bluebird day and the snowboard from 10.5k back to the car was stellar! It's a long uphill walk, but nothing technically difficult about it.
solo. day trip
Av. Gulch route, good conditions, clear weather, not much wind. Hot as hell after 10am, glad we were down by then. Camped above Helen Lake; would not do that again. Too hot to relax with the sun glaring down. Perhaps Shasta makes a better winter climb during El Nino years. Was 104 when we returned to the base.
Completed in a long day from Bunny Flat up Avalanche Gulch. I would have preferred to have split the climb into two days with a night at Lake Helen, but got overruled. Got to dodge some rocks couple times as they were rolling down the mountain. You can hear the train of people yelling "ROCK!" then having to look up to see where the rocks were falling from. The long glissading sections down brought a big smile on my face.
Started at approx. 3am, on top by 11-ish(I'm an older, slower, flatlander!). This was my second summit, third attempt. The West Face is a nice moderate snow climb with great glissading, and Hidden Valley basecamp is absolutely gorgeous! I had a private guide from SMG and had a great trip as always...
There are worse ways to spend a day than hiking Shasta, but this ten hour round trip slog confirmed that I prefer snow climbs and glissades on the big mountain. Labor Day weekend was a bit crowded, but nothing like Memorial Day weekend. The hike through the forest down low is pleasant. The long, steep, loose slog section was not my favorite, but aided by poles, I lucked into somewhat firm forward footing most of the way. The summit plateau and summit are worth the effort to hike up to them.
This was an awesome climb. All five of us made it to the top: Tom I, Mark E, Chuck W, Tom W and myself. On the way down clouds rolled in before we got back to our camp along the ridge.