Skinned up @ 3AM or so from Bunny Flat. Picked up my partner (Nice French fellow on Rando gear, his name eludes me) in the basin at the base of the West Face Gully. We skinned up but had to kick steps for the last 500' or so. I don't recall if we used crampons or not. We ended up leaving our skis at the top of Misery Hill, before the summit block. The skiing down Misery Hill is the worst I've ever done - complete survival snowboarding for me, and I am a very competent steep-chute snowboarder. The exact opposite of fun. Recommend crampons & feet for this section, leave your skis at the base of Misery.
West Face Gully itself was an endless beautiful run and the highlight of the trip. Back at the car by 4pm, after French fellow took an hour or so to pack up his overnight gear at his base camp. 4:00 PM or so return? 11+ hours RT.
We had 33 climbers from Venture Crew 249 Moraga California and Troop 341 Oakland California. We divided the group into four groups to keep the team size at 10 or below. The day was glorious and the weather perfect. We had 22 successful summiters out of the group, but all accomplished our goal of "taking a look at the mountain."
We'll be back.
5th trip to the summit, this time with the Gazelle. Other ascents included Casaval Ridge and the Hotlum Bolam.
Camped at horse camp (7880 ft). Started summit bid at 1:30 am and summitted at around 10:45 am. Able to glissade most of the way down. Humbling experience! Great mountain! wonderful people! Will go again!
Got blown off last year, came back and just cruised it. Route still in great shape but it is getting hot down at Lake Helen. Alpine start at 3, summit at 9:30, back at car 3p. The stone causeway to Horse Camp is total bullshit and it just ruined me and everyone else I spoke to! Other than the spine and toe compressing walk down to Horse Camp it was a perfect trip, sun, summit and satisfaction! Go now if you are thinking about Shasta this year...time is running out!!
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.