Parked at Brewers Creek and walked into trailhead. GPS'd our entrance gully in case we descended in dusk. Headed straight up around to the first rockband. Proceeded to set up camp, giggle and sip schnapps. Unfortunately a stumble out of the tent resulted in breaking my toe. Woke up in am, stuffed it into boot and proceeded up to second camp at 10,500. Set off for ice route and summit in the am with the 800 feet of nice blue ice in front of us. All things are not what they seem, what looked like four hours of simulclimbing turned into 7 hours of pitching out and protecting bad ice. Summitted arounnd 1pm and headed down through the snow cupped and soft Wintum/Bolum route. Needed to traverse way over to find our camp..nothing like being able to see it but not reach it. Made camp by 3:30, quick break down and back out to car by 7pm. Toe was black and purple!
Made the mistake of not going to the upper camp Avy Gultch before starting our accent. It was a long day!
Camped at lake helen and summited around 9a.m. the next day. Beautiful weather! officially hooked on mountaineering!
Very warm day on Shasta
Camped at Sierra Club cabin the first night and about 11000 feet the second night. Summitted about 8.30am. What a great climb. The descent sucked - by 11am everything was slushy and we postholed all the way to Bunny Flat.
awesome, doing it again in a few months.
Took a 5 day mountaineering class which included the summit -- I was hooked on mountaineering after this!
Standing by the Red Banks, the peak still looked so far away--with Misery Hill in the way. But the glissade down the gulch was amazing--it was carved out like bobsled run. What took a grueling 5 hours to climb, only took 20 minutes to descend.
My favorite trip so far.
Climbed with Randy, Mike, Eric and Jeff. Camped out at Lake Helen. We broke camp at 0100 and were on the summit at 0630. Perfect conditions.
Pretty icy at the top but still fun.
First time on a fourteener. Camped at Helen Lake. Mild AMS symptoms but a fun time.
led up by a guide at the end of crevasse rescue class.
Was able to link the snowfields together to climb on snow most of the way. Traversed to the Wintun snow field at 13k. There was soft snow on the snow field which made it kind of sketchy. I saw two people in three days on the east side of the mountain. The Mud Creek falls is pretty amazing.
Climbed for the charity "Kiss the Sky." The day couldn't have been more perfect & beautiful. Crystal-clear skies at the summit.
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.