Mount Shasta Climber's Log

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vancouver islander

vancouver islander - Jul 4, 2007 6:17 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch. Date Climbed: June 29/30, 2007  Sucess!

Successful return to Shasta after getting weathered off in 2005.

Summitted in ~7 hours from a camp at Lake Helen. 300 Metres vertical above Helen to the first snow and big sun cups below the Red Banks. One chute was navigable with snow all the way through to the bottom of Misery Hill which was just scree.

Four hours back down to Helen, break camp and a further 3.25 hours to the parking lot made for a 16.5 hour day.

Clear throughout but winds gusting to 80kph from the top of MH to the summit made for a cold day. Counted ~20 people on the summit with us and many more en route up or down.

Great views from up top and nice to add another Cascade volcano to the list.

s_kavert

s_kavert - Jul 3, 2007 12:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

A very rewarding trip and our first 14er. Climbed with my wife and a couple friends. The ice in the steep chute through the Red Banks had us a little nervous. Strong winds on the summit, but a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. Views from the top were incredible!

danielK

danielK - Jul 2, 2007 1:09 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 1997

Shasta Rama point  Sucess!

Climbed up to Shastarama point

SFMountaineer

SFMountaineer - Jun 26, 2007 2:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007

Made it!  Sucess!

A beautiful day with only moderate winds for my second attempt. The glissade from the red banks was great. A lack of snow on the morraines below the heart made descending on loose rock a real pain though and I have some messed up feet as evidence. I'm going to have to make climbing this mountain a habit, although will have to try a new route next time.

Guilty

Guilty - Jun 26, 2007 3:22 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007

Sargents Ridge  Sucess!

Left the ski bowl late at 2pm, attain the ridge and progress very quickly. I had a little problem ascending the route above the Red Banks, so I had to descend some to find another no name chute to bring me out to the Red Bluffs. From here it was very fast because of the lack of hours of sunlight. After the summit and numerous helicopter buzz's, I ran/rock skied to Helen Lake to find out why the sheriff helicopter is flying all around the mountain.
Here, a fellow hiker was missing there partner and called the sheriff's and reported them gone since noon. The other hiker ended up hiking out Mud Creek where they got help. Wonder how cold it was that night?

msihl

msihl - Jun 26, 2007 3:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

Route climbed: West Face Route  Sucess!

I summited with a group of people guided by Shasta Mountain Guides.
The original plan was to do Avalanche Gulch Expedition Style, but instead we did the harder West Face Route alpine style, because of lack of snow in avalanche gulch. Our high camp was at Hidden Valley (9500 ft). From there we started at 4am and summited after approx. 10 hours and several people giving up along the way. On the way back, we glissaded down the west face. Our guides Kaysa and Doug were great. They were strong, competent and very good teachers. I'll definitely hire them again for ski mountaineering trips etc.

mnatureson

mnatureson - Jun 23, 2007 12:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

West Face Route  Sucess!

Avalanche Gulch was too dry so we took the West Face route. High winds up on top but a beautiful day.

catherid

catherid - Jun 19, 2007 12:13 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007

West Face Route  Sucess!

The slog up the west face was well worth the glissade on the way down, great fun!

rkymtn

rkymtn - Jun 16, 2007 7:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2007

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

I climbed with a couple coworker friends. The conditions were drier than the ideal, but there was still snow where we needed it for the ascent and glissades down. We based out of Lake Helen and beat the crowds up. Great views, great weather, great day!

graham

graham - Jun 4, 2007 8:48 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

Avy Gulch  Sucess!

Dayhiked the AG on a beautiful day with a ton of people on the mountain. Started at Bunny Flats at 3am, summited at 8:30am, started down ~9:30 and got back to Bunny Flats at 1pm. This is my 11th of 15 CA 14ers

Deb

Deb - May 30, 2007 12:43 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

AG  Sucess!

Perfect weather and the snow was not totally destroyed by glissade and bootpack yet. Weekend trip turned dayhike (thanks Tina!:) So glad we did it on Saturday 'cause that crowd headed up in the afternoon looked mighty frightening! Yes, I am slow - the altitude was knocking my pride over 13K' but I was happy to summit in just over 9 hours. Awesome glissade down and a million laughs with my pal. Love that mountain!

kovarpa

kovarpa - May 29, 2007 10:00 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

West Face  Sucess!

A fine ski descent, a good alternative to the zoo in AG.

Ashburt

Ashburt - May 29, 2007 10:28 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

Awesome  Sucess!

Amazing mountain. Weather was perfect! Started at Horsecamp at 3am and took 10 hours roundtrip. Will be back next year!

thundercloud

thundercloud - May 25, 2007 5:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2002

Avy Gulch / Hotlum-Bolam  Sucess!

AG: One day scamper, <8 hours up, <3 hours down with a very wild and long glissade. Had pizza and beer, then drove back to Portland afterward. Silly.
HB: 6/2/02, cruised up in leisurely time. Route straightforward, a bit more interesting and less crowded than AG.

EverydayExplorer

EverydayExplorer - May 25, 2007 1:48 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2007

AG  Sucess!

This was my second try after being literally blown off last time ie crampons over helmet. This time went much smoother with just a fair breeze and rolling foggy clouds. 10 hrs car to car, good time all around.

Matt Worster

Matt Worster - May 13, 2007 7:48 pm Date Climbed: May 12, 2007

Shasta - AG  Sucess!

4:30 am start, 12:15 pm summit, 3:45 pm return to Bunny Flat. Wind packed snow above Red Banks made the descent tough on the ankles as there was no digging in. Continuous glissade from Red Banks to the rocks above Helen Lake - no groove yet but there will be. Breey most of the day, and on the cold side.

SFMountaineer

SFMountaineer - May 7, 2007 1:12 pm Date Climbed: May 5, 2007

Avalanche Gulch

Made it to Helen lake saturday, but fierce winds all night and into the next day unfortunately sent us home. Amazing experience and first time alpine climb, will attempt again this summer.

Scott Dusek

Scott Dusek - Apr 30, 2007 3:53 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2007

Shastafication  Sucess!

Epic descent, total whiteout, skied from thumb rock at 13k in zero visibility. Made it down to find my car's brakes were out... it turned out to by quite an action packed trip.

-Scotty

Peak_Bagger

Peak_Bagger - Apr 17, 2007 4:57 am Date Climbed: May 31, 2006

Casaval

Fun snow plow, so much snow it made the route pretty non technical.

hikerbrian

hikerbrian - Mar 20, 2007 12:25 am Date Climbed: May 28, 2006

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Very pretty mountain. Fun weather on Saturday (40 MPH winds, maybe 20 degrees, blowing snow and fog, 50' visibility), had to camp lower than we had planned because it was too windy to make it to Helen Lake. Then Saturday dawned clear and perfect. Straightforward climb via Thumb Rock; although snow sounded more hollow than I would have liked. We got off the mountain before it got very warm. The glissade down the Heart was awesome.

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