Mount Shasta Climber's Log

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Ambret

Ambret - Feb 22, 2008 11:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2004

My Favorite Mountain  Sucess!

Summitted via Avalanche Gulch route on second try with college roommate/best buddy Rob. Great climb on a near-perfect day. This made up for our failed attempt three years before, when we turned back due to rockfall -- especially after watching someone almost take one in the face.

jimegan

jimegan - Feb 6, 2008 8:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2003

MT SHASTA  Sucess!

CLIMBED AS A PREP HIKE FOR RANIER WITH LVMC FROM BUNNY FLATS TH

Shirley Lam

Shirley Lam - Jan 30, 2008 10:18 pm Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2004

Better when...  Sucess!

the avalanche gulch is covered in snow!

utclimber - Jan 12, 2008 7:46 pm

Avalanche Gulch

A very fun route. The glissade is particularly memorable.

Hiked a second time in winter, February 2008.

Bonesaw

Bonesaw - Jan 11, 2008 9:12 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2004

Casaval Ridge in Early Spring  Sucess!

Awesome climb! This was my first foray into the world of mountaineering and I'm hungry for more.

jdmorris

jdmorris - Jan 8, 2008 11:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2007

My Playground  Sucess!

2010 - 7/04 - Casaval
I finally make it up Casaval and experience the Catwalk. Despite the late season the world above 12.5k feet is solid rime ice. Glissaded Avy Gulch to descend.

2009 - 3/14 - Green / Sargent's
My first solo attempt of Shasta went poorly when my attempt was squashed by strong winds and extremely cold wind chill. At least I made it up to see Shatarama point from above. I'll be back.

2007 - 6/15 - Hotlum / Bolum
Mattyj and I headed up (actually down from WA, this time) to check out approaches to the north side of the mountain and ended up making a one day trip direct to the summit and back. Mattyj wrote all about it here. It was a flawless day on a fantastic route although the blue ice was a bit intimidating and the ice near the top of the route before attaining the summit saddle was a little rotten.

2007 - 4/05 - Casaval / West Face
Mattyj and I planned to start at Hidden Valley, but decided instead to head up further to First Window on Casaval and were met with thin looking snow conditions that led us back up the West Face, proper. Mattyj once again wrote all about it, here. Despite some low clouds on our approach day, the summit day was as good as it gets on any mountain, anywhere, and miraculously the mountain was beautifully devoid of other climbers!

2006 - 2/11 - Casaval:
My first time up on Casaval was a good time with Mattyj and Lessthanjoey and my buddy, Dan, but by the time we camped at 10,000 ft camp it seemed no one wanted to join me for a summit bid. I convinced Joe to get up relatively late and we headed up but had to deal with deep snow, cold wind and far too late of a schedule. Despite not summiting, it was still a beautiful couple days and Matt's picture from that trip is still one of my fav's.

2004 - 6/26 - Avy Gulch
Dan, lessthanjoey and myself all climbed Avy Gulch in a one day push. Unfortunately, I didn't sleep for the 30+ hours, prior. There was much adventure with my contacts turning opaque and getting stuck to my eyes and the resulting snowblindness of fiddling around in the bright noon sun for a couple hours, but we did make it to the summit and back to the car. As usual, it was a perfect, beautiful day.

2004 - 6/12 - West Face:
This was the inspiration for the second trip a couple weeks later. Dan and I carried way too much stuff up way too late in the day to Hidden Valley. It was a terrible slog without snowshoes and when I got sick just shy of Hidden Valley (not altitude, but some stomach trouble) we decided to turn back.

2003 - 7/20 - Avy Gulch:
This is where my whole mountaineering career started. My good friend Ken and I headed up to Lake Helen on a typical hot, sunny Shasta day and after an evening of camping we joined the hordes for a summit push. My HAFE (high altitude flatulence expulsion) started giving me trouble and I decided to wait at the summit plateau while Ken went to the summit. Many months of regretting tagging the summit on my first try pushed me to do lots of climbing and spend more time outdoors. Ahhh... the memories!

bighornmonkey

bighornmonkey - Dec 25, 2007 5:00 pm Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2004

Done...  Sucess!

Avalanche gulch route. Summit day was very windy

k2360tnf

k2360tnf - Nov 6, 2007 6:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Summited  Sucess!

Summited 2 days AG route

trailhuggersarah

trailhuggersarah - Nov 4, 2007 1:59 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2007

The brown white Mtn  Sucess!

This was to be my first big snow climb.. only problem was a big lack of snow. It was mostly loose rock and just patches of hard old snow and ice.

Will definitely come back again next year in hopes of a 'snow climb'

panweilin

panweilin - Oct 25, 2007 3:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2005

Shasta via AG route  Sucess!

Backpacked to Hidden Valley the day before. Raining at night and whiteout in the morning. We started 8am and soon the sky cleared up, went up to the summit, enjoyed sunset view at Hidden Valley before heading back to Bunny Flat TH.

lefty

lefty - Oct 25, 2007 12:23 am Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006

Avy Gulch  Sucess!

This was my second attempt. I had to turn back at the top of Misery Hill tow years earlier so it felt good to make it all the way this time.

gomez13

gomez13 - Oct 20, 2007 11:01 am Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2002

Avy Gulch/West Face  Sucess!

Had so much fun going up the gulch with friends mid week {no crowds} I stayed and soloed the West Face a day after.

tombcronin

tombcronin - Oct 18, 2007 12:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2003

Fun ride down!  Sucess!

Came down super slushy chute: fun!!

hikerbryan

hikerbryan - Oct 2, 2007 11:07 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Hit the AVG early and made the summit late morning. Snow from the Bunny Flat parking lot all the way to the summit. Way better than scree and rocks. Perfect weather made for a perfect day on the mountain. Views were incredible.

hikinedd

hikinedd - Sep 5, 2007 12:53 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Fourth time up (all Avalanche Gulch). May 2003: bailed near the Heart for fear of avalanche. June, 2004: turned around at the top of Misery Hill from 60 mph winds and bigger gusts. June, 2006: finally made it for the first time. June, 2007: made it all the way second year in a row, this time in an incredibly low snow year. Trails I hadn't known to exist were exposed, including the ambitious half-mile long Olberman Causeway leading up the hill from Horse Camp, and switchbacks all the way up Misery Hill, making that part of the hike considerably easier. This is the first year we've camped on dirt at Helen Lake and filtered water from either a spring or snowmelt running through camp.

A Bit

A Bit - Aug 21, 2007 10:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 1993

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Headed up from the old ski bowl area with 3 friends on a beautiful morning. 3 of us made the summit 8 hours later with clear skies and light winds.

pkrebs

pkrebs - Aug 20, 2007 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

A fun climb with a group of friends. We camped at Lake Helen and hit the summit in the morning.

YEM

YEM - Aug 20, 2007 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006

Avy Gulch  Sucess!

Car to car. Climbed the ridge to the right of Avy Gulch to the backside of the Red Banks and a glacial moat.Since I was solo, the mountain told me to stop, turn around and descend about 1000ft. I continue to the summit on the normal route. Calm at the Red Banks, but the wind above the false summit was enough to knock me over (50mph?). I climbed the final slope with my hands to the ground. What a view!

RockOn

RockOn - Aug 15, 2007 8:56 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2007

Summit for Someone  Sucess!

Did it for charity (Big City Mountaineers). Can't think of a better way. We stayed in Hidden Valley and did the west face to the summit. This is my first BIG mountain and it kicked my butt.

Sara_Matisse

Sara_Matisse - Aug 11, 2007 12:21 pm

Always something to offer  Sucess!

Have climbed Shasta via Casaval Ridge and the standard Avi Gulch. Casaval ridge is a true classic and must do. Avi Gulch always has something fun and interesting to offer... From scary rock/ice bombs buzzing your head in the dark - to someone with hug legs taking gigantic steps everywhere so you have nowhere to step...:)

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