2.26amstart from Horse Camp, over the Scree and up to Helen Lake. Met "eggheadsherpa" at Misery Hill and reached summit at 10.28. Stayed for 45 mins while the clouds came in, and glissaded most of the way down. back to the car at Bunny Flat for 3pm.
Loads of fun and great views. Will definitly look for more technical routes if I get the chance to go back.
This was my first climbing experience. Got turned back at red banks on a guided trip during a white out, then went back solo and summited the next week.
Climbed from the Bunny Flat TH. A helmet and an early start are essential for success. Great views from the top if it's clear. Met "chamilton" at the summit, fun to meet summitposters on the mountain.
A full day's work in the Clear Creek drainage: After emerging from The Avenue under a full moon, I followed snow up to 12000' and proceeded up a miserable slog over loose talus until 14000'. After smugly crossing the snowfield in joining up with the AG route, I scrambled up the summit pinnacle to the right of the main trail. People, this was easily the most fun part of the trip, why would you rather walk up worn out switchbacks? Strict adherence to the path easily followed is a paradoxical approach to what is supposed to be an adventurous sport. I find it a little sad that everyone automatically takes the AG dog route, not that CC is any harder...The summit was packed of course. I talked to a nice guy for a while and then beat it down to my own world back on CC. I enjoyed 4000' of glissading down to The Avenue, where I saw my own footprints from the way up. Imagine, solitude on Mt. Shasta...take that all you AGer's!Think outside the book.
Gave it a try, despite the GIANT wet snowstorm that never let up. Tried to wait it out, but no one summitted this weekend. Despite this the mountain was beautiful and I won't ever forget this magical place.
Beautiful climb under a full moon- no headlamps needed! My son's first camping trip as well (7 months old- didn't summit!)
Snow down to 8500ft. Made it quickly to Horse Camp but the going was slow after that up to Helen Lake. Nice camp spot on rocks. 4am apline start the next day with perfect conditions. Snow all though the Red Banks but Misery Hill was clear. A few snow patches along the ridge 'til the summit, but no crampons or axe were needed after Red Banks. Bitter cold wind the entire day, especially up high, but clear skies. 2500ft of exhilirating glissading back to Lake Helen where we packed out and slid down another drainage until the snow ran out. Truly an amazing experience.
Topped out at 12,663 ft (just above Red Banks)
Beautifull weather, Gorgeous view, fantastic (almost) full moon.
Trained in May for a climb in June that was postponed 'till July. Worked 9 shifts in 7 days leading up to this trip. My preparations need some work. I could have used a bit more time to get some sleep beforehand.
While driving home from oregon with my girlfriend, we decided to climb mt shasta. we slept 6 hours at some cheap motel in Weed until 11PM. By 1230AM, we were at Bunny flat with no crampons or gloves (this was an impulse climb). With just camelbacks and ice axes, we summited 6.5 hours later. a wonderful trip. i'll have to hook up with some SPers for Casaval in the winter.
The sky was clear and the view was vast. Stuck my finger in one of the fumaroles which resulted in what only can be described for lack of a better term as fart fingers. Smelled like that all day and into the first round of chips and salsa at Shasta City's finest Mexican Restaurant. (Must be the frosty mugs)
In the Banos, I washed my hands of Shasta for this year with designs on the better-looking, more alpine Hotlum Glacier route.
Climbed with Miguel Forjan in white-out conditions. My glasses froze over and I had to take them off for the last 3000 feet of gain or so--good thing there were no views to miss out on that day!
SP member hashfxn and I climbed Casaval. We started from very bottom of the ridge, and ascended straight up to 13.3k, not noticing the easy variation which we were going for.
We did not summit, but nonetheless completed all of the route.
Very poor snow conditions at all elevations led to incredibly slow progress; large snowshoes might have helped, though they would not have eliminated the problem. A party on the WF mentioned encountering similar snow, forcing them to turn around at 11k. They *did* have snowshoes...
A storm moved in that night, with high winds, snow, and whiteout, though Lake Helen only got drizzle. We descended to 13k for an emergency bivy, since 40mph winds and below freezing temps, combined with a whiteout, were not condusive to reaching Lake Helen. Winds increased as the night went on, and we descended the next day.
Excellent glissading conditions on AG at basically any time of day, except below about 9k where snow was too slushy. Postholing to the waist was the rule, not the exception, so be prepared...
First time on Shasta. Perfect blue sky the whole time, a bit of wind above red banks on summit day. Left Helen at 3:30am and summited by 7:45.
Climbed with the U.S. Marines during the Summer Mountain Leaders course. Great trip.
Summitted on what they tell me was the best weather day all year. Clear skies and no wind except on the plateau below the summit. Only problem was it was too nice (warm) and the snow was a little too soft. Post holed some on the way up, and post holed the whole way down. Glissading was not easy. On the upside you never had to worry about going to fast! Very few people on the mountain on a Thursday made it all very pleasant.
Group of six of us made summit on the 4th. Beautiful day; conditions were just about perfect up there with little to no wind. Awesome uninterrupted 2500+ ft glissade from the Red Banks all the way into camp at Lake Helen.
Climbed with nebben. Misery Hill appropriately named. Experience at summit most enjoyable since the wind was light and variable (an exception, I am told). Clouds during final hour of descent brought the vis down to 100'-200'. A climb I will never forget.
Did some skiing. Great conditions still. Snow starts at about 1/4 mile from bunny flat.