Long day hike. Had fun with the crampons. Unfortunately got a bit off route on the way down and had to hitchhike back to Bunny Flat.
Climbed via the West Bolum Glacier, camped on the summit plateau, descended via the Hotlum Bolum Ridge. Perfect weather and a great weekend on the mountain!
The Anderson Family climb up the standard route in the summer of 1972. I went up to view the mountain 2 weeks prior to our climb, and was astounded at how much snow disappeared in the intervening 2 weeks of hot weather. We spent the night at the Horse Camp. Got a nice glissade from Red Rocks to the Helen Lake tarn.
First mountaineering experience. Climbing in full whiteout monster snowstorm. The snow was up to our waists in places. We spent 3 days in the storm. We camped on a ridge near Misery Hill before heading down the next day. For some reason I wanted to continue climbing after this...
6:00AM start (we slept in) from below Helen Lake. Straight up and through the red rocks. On the way up I saw eggheadsherpa and chamilton. White out from the red rocks to the summit, but cleared up on top. Chilled on the summit for awhile before heading back down to camp below Helen Lake. On the way down after glissading through a chute in the red rocks, some deranged guy threw an ice axe down the hill at us. Luckily my buddy blocked it with his ice axe.
a hard one day push from the trailhead with my favorite climbing partner. our quick ascent had us passing those who were camped high on the mountain, and left me with the effects of alititude sickness behind the red banks. three hours unconscious allowed me to fully acclimated and complete the climb, and gave my partner the chance to meet some new people. the summit was that much sweeter after being so sick along the way.
My first single push climb of Shasta, as well as my first solo climb. Had been day dreaming about this for the past year. Wasn't sure I had it in me, but decided to give it a shot for my birthday weekend. I started at 10:40pm, kept a really easy measured pace and summited at 8:30am. Woo hoo!
summited 7am via the AG - first folks on summit this day. Great mt, beutiful route.
Great climb. Started our ascend from Lake Helen at 2:30 am and made it to the summit around 7:30 am.
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