Ascent in 1 day from Bunny Flat and descent by skis, still good skiing conditions at noon in spite of some snow cups.
A great but exhausting day (7300 feet of vertical length + ski hiking stuff to carry) of mountaineering !
Climbed via the Hotlum glacier with guide David Cressman of Sierra Wildnerness Seminars as part of a 5 day glacier travel and crevasse rescue course. PICS
What a mountain ! Summit via John Miur route, camping at lake helen. Snow conditions were great for crampons in the early AM, a little too soft by late morning. I found the middle red banks a little challenging on the ascent/descent due to icy spots, variable snow/ice conditions. I should have glissaded through the teeth on the way down this section. Who desecrated the mountain with a religious icon hidden in the summit rocks above the summit log ?
Climbed on 07/16/06 leaving from 50/50. Perfect weather, firm snow in the morning and soft enough around noon for an awesome glissade! Must've been the best fun I ever had in the mountains!
Jun 1st. Bunny flat to Horse Camp. Tanked up with some water and
headed North to Hidden Valley, about 4 to 5 hrs carrying a load.
Arrived about 15:30 and setup camp. Four of us in group.
Only saw one other tent.
Jun 2nd. Rest and play in the surrounding bowls. Chris skies and
I snowboard. Mike and Mark don't ski or board.
Jun 3rd. Summit day, got a late start 06:45. Nice weather, we
reached the top of the West Face about 12:30. Mark and Mike were
spent and didn't continue. Chris and myself stashed our gear and
continued on to Misery Hill.
We had the summit to ourselves around 2PM, with no wind it was
awsome. We had an fantastic ride down the West Face and I stopped
about 6ft. from my tent. I will definitely come back to this
spot just to ride.
With Eszter, Kassim, Rasool, Burt, and Nora. We started out at Horse camp at 2:45 am, following the main gulch and through the left-most chute of the Red Banks. I made it to the summit at 12:20 pm, Burt much earlier and everyone else just after myself. Snow conditions were ideal and the weather superb. Amazing views of sunrise over snow-capped Trinity Alps, Lassen Peak, and Shasta's own shadow. Left the summit at 1:30 pm, took many fun glissades on the way down and reached Horse camp at 5:30 pm. Overall a beautiful experience on a physically very demanding but not a technically challenging route.
A very nice climb under a full moon. left lake helen by 2 am and made it back to the car by 11 to begin the 7 hour drive home.
Headlamps are off -
Enough light to get lost...
Upon each step I pierce my shadow
With crampon spikes
I briefly raise my head -
Above Shastina, finally!
No, maybe not just yet...
Somewhere up the hill,
Freezing, waiting for me.
OK, no stopping until that rock,
Some water then...
I must be really a sight!
As pale as moonlight,
As that wounded shadow of mine.
I laugh as I imagine a look upon my face
With those sleepless eyes
and with that thoroughly ecstatic smile.
A very enjoyable climb, weather was perfect aside from the strong winds on the summit.
This is a long hike if you are not expecting it. Avalanche canyon is forever....
close to 7000 vert of great late season skiing
Climbed with Rob Yang, Steve Larson and Sean Robbins. Perfect weather, maybe a little too hot, but otherwise great. Nice, scenic route, we didn't encounter any technical difficulties. We set a good pace and summited just after 9:30 am. Great company and very enjoyable climb.
A near perfect day on the northside.Left high camp at 3:00 AM.On the summit at 8:45 AM.No blue ice showing on the route and still some snow in the upper section.Met a nice group of climbers on the mountain who's picture I will post in the Shasta images.
Climbed with SP-er hashfxn. Done in basically one day, with 2 hours of sleep at 9500.
Snow conditions were marvelous. Absolutely perfect on ascent.
Beware of rockfall; started this day at around 9am. Some large as washing machines off of Casaval, some spinning frisbees down AG.
Glissading started to get good only around 10am; before that the snow was too icy.
Perfect weather and awesome snow, and we both summitted=very nice weekend.
We, my oldest brother and I, started from Lake Helen at 2:30am, hit the summit at sunrise (about 3 hrs), and back to Lake Helen before the sun hit the tents. It was wonderful.
Did the Whitney Glacier with Rob Yang, Kris, and Sean Robbins. Great weather (though it could have been a bit colder--the snow was on the soft side lower down). A very cool and scenic route. Very out of the way. We didn't see anyone until we popped out on the summit plateau. What a zoo!
Man this route is busy. Sure is fun passing the slow ones.
Beautiful weather! I was thankful to have a clear trip because I was unable to summit 2 years ago. Great time
North side route. 4 of 8 made the top was a perfect day, wind was low.
Perfect weather, perfect climb. Summit on first attempt. Camped at Helen Lake, start at 4am, summit at 8am.