Best Glissade of my entire life. From the Red Banks to Lake Helen in 5 minutes!
First climbed 'Ol Shasta September 1972 via Avalanche Gulch. Rev. Smith was camping near the hot springs protesting the Viet Nam War. We chatted for awhile. Twenty years later, 1994, my son and I again climbed the Friendly Giant. Both times my big mistake was to climb late in the year without snow which makes it much more difficult.
Beautiful conditions. However, we underestimated how long it would take breaking trail. We turned around near 12000 feet. I would recommend starting as high as you can and get up early, especially if there are no tracks to follow.
Crampon didn't work as well as I thought it would on my snowboard boots and stopped at about 12,000ft. As it was still early the ride back to camp was fast and icy.
It was a big winter so there was still plenty of snow on Casaval Ridge. Very warm and wish I'd have brought skis for the descent!
Glissading down was the most fun!
i work for shasta mountain guides, so there are weeks when i climb this thing 3-4 times....it's a great place to work!
We hit the trail from bunny flats at 6:00 am on the third of july hiked briskly into the sierra horse camp drank from the well/spring. Headed out across obermans causeway a stone path built across the fragile alpine meadows. We headed up the long scree ridge with the morning sun glaring down at us. It wasn't long before we hit the realm of snow and slogged are way into camp at helen lake at 10,500 ft. There was no lake but there was excellent campsites excavated from the snowbanks. we spent the day acclimatizing. When night befell us we were literally living in a tent city with cook tents and porters (I am not kidding) We decided on a very early start and four out of the seven of us awoke and set forth for the summit at 12:00am. It was a little tough at first getting the body going in the thinner atmospher. We really fired up however and practically ran up the heart and through the notch in the red banks topped out for a break and removed are crampons for a run up a bare misery hill. I was starting to feel naseaus above 13000 ft . A little later as we were crossing the summit caldera I was accosted by the stench of sulpher springs bubbling and spewing away. I would not be deterred however and i continued up the summit pinnacle. There was a little complex of summits and we decided we would have to stand on all of them. we were all high fives and happy to put a fourteener in the books. The register is fastened to the saddle between these mini summits and we all with shivering shaking fingers at 4:15 am signed the register. The view at this time of morning is well dark! We were joined by a pine marten at the summit while we quickly snacked. It was way beyond cold up there and we bailed down the pinnacle past the stench and out over the caldera then the morning began to dawn supreme and the majesty that is shasta began to show her self off. We were the first to summit on the day of are countries independance. We did not see any other climbers until; we were in the red banks. We arrived back in camp 7;30am what a butt kicker we were all just wasted I will be back for a day time climb.
It was the 10 year anniversary of my first summit trip on this mountain and my friend Phil's first attempt on any summit. We camped just below Helen Lake as it was a busy weekend. We had a beautiful spot with nobody around. We woke and hit the trail at 3ish, as one does. But Phil started feeling the elevation at Red Banks so we stopped, had a snack, and basked in the warm sun. We decided to go back down the mountain at that point, try again another day.
I took a group of friends up via Avi Gulch, two fell out before Helen Lake. Three of us made it up with awesome weather and hiked back down. Great weekend!
My buddy Scott and I climbed it on our way home to Washington from Monterey, CA. Beautiful climb and wonderful area.
Three day trip. Camped at around 10,000 the first night, summited on the second, and made it back to the car on the third.
Soloed the Hotlum-Bolum ridge in 9 hours car to car. One of my great days in the Mountains. Took a whipper messing around without crampons traversing above the Berg. Had to self arrest to save my life after a 60 foot slide.
A three day trip around the Clear Creek and Wintun Ridge routes with an attempt up Wintun. We encountred lots of scree and plenty of rockfall but this is a great alternative to the overcrowded avalanche gulch route. We ended up running into a 65% glacier wall at 12,000 feet and considering previous rockfall from this point we turned around.
Camped at Helen Lake on both climbs. Took my skis all the way to the summit in 2004. Skiing was only good below the Red Banks though, too icy above.
great climb...one of 5 to summit that weekend
I took my wife on her first mountaineering experience on Shasta. We were on the mountain for two nights and had pretty good weather. It was a little windy on summit day. This was a great climb and I am hoping to get back there agian this year.
Pulled sleds on the Memorial Highway past the Old Ski Bowl to to a connecting ridge to the west of Sargents proper. Camp 1 was ~800' below Shastarama Point. Initial summit attempt on day 2 was aborted due to companion's altitude sickness. Dug a snow/ice cave above the Mud Creek Glacier and spent a comfortable night before a 2nd attempt. Successful summit on Day 3 after navigating some dicey sections to reach Thumb Rock.
Guided trip up Clear Creek Route w/Sierra Club. Turned around at 8,000ft due to weather conditions.
My first time glissading - it was awesome!!!