Mount Shasta Climber's Log

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irish guy - Jul 16, 2008 5:54 pm Date Climbed: May 5, 2008

Avy Gulch  Sucess!

Summitted on a Monday and had the mountain to ourselves. Beautiful day - not a single cloud. The Heart was pretty exposed, and the AG was already melting out.


BradBartick - Jul 12, 2008 9:53 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008

Shasta via Avy Gulch  Sucess!

Probably the last weekend this route will be fun. Nice views!


bajaandy - Jul 1, 2008 6:12 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2008

H-W Ridge  Sucess!

Climbed the Hotlum-Wintun Ridge. Warm temps have really melted out many of the routes on Shasta. We were lucky to get to finish this one. Hiked up the Brewer Creek trail and made camp at about 9,300 feet. Started climbing at 1:00 am, summited at 9:00 and returned to camp by 1:00 pm. Soft snow conditions at the top of the route caused some post holing, but made for an easy descent when glisading.


ih8kroq - Jun 24, 2008 12:34 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2008

No More Avy Gulch  Sucess!

I've talked to people who went up Avy Gulch and it sounds like the trail is deteriorating by the hour. Two more lost folks up that route. Read more about that here.

Little Mountain Goat

Little Mountain Goat - Jun 22, 2008 10:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

Lack of sleep on Clear Creek

I attempted to climb Shasta via the Clear Creek route, as all the other routes were melted out. The weather was bad on the hike to base camp, but still spectacular. We turned back at 11K because we were all sleep deprived, and I was getting the worst of it due to my ~2 hours of fruitless sleep combined with the altitude. I had also carried the second heaviest, and relatively heaviest pack up the the base camp. Even though I had extensively studied the mountain, I was unable to comprehend the effort involved in climbing it, due to my lack of experience in mountaineering.


SawtoothSean - Jun 18, 2008 1:25 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2008

West Face Gully  Sucess!

Started at 4am from Bunny Flat TH in warm temps. Made it to Hidden Valley by dawn and then up the steep and direct West Face Gully to the west ridge. From here the winds were stronger and it was chilly. We were to the summit by 9:30am with clear skies and smoke below us from the fires. We took the West Ridge down, messing around near Shastina, then down the Cascade Gulch and back to the car by 3pm. It was a beautiful peak, and it was great to be on a route without the masses. Still, we saw some guided parties and a Ranger. On the way out people asked us about the conditions, particularly about glissading- folks get hard ons when it comes to sliding down snow to save time.


ih8kroq - Jun 17, 2008 12:11 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2008

A Fun Challenge

Bagged Shasta on Saturday during a 3-day, 2-night trip (we were too lazy to just go overnight). Mountain gods threw wind, snow, ice, scree and freezing temps at us, but the kind gods rewarded us with an unbelievable summit view.

Detailed trip report with photos here: My Travelpod Trip Report


Zhenya77 - Jun 9, 2008 3:48 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2006

Casval Ridge  Sucess!

Mt.Shasta is famous for its unpredictable weather. After a windy and snowy night spending on a Casaval ridge (10,000 ft) we started ascend at 3:00 am and summit the peak by 10:15 am. The return to a camp was full of adventure in itself due to a poor visibility (total white out). It was a great Memorial weekend trip which has a history in itself (See snow blizzard on Memorial weekend in 2002)


thexcat - Jun 4, 2008 6:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006

Avy Gulch  Sucess!

My first 14er. Camped at Helen Lake, and next day made summit. Altitude sickness got me good 500 ft from summit, but pushed on, and puked my guts out on the way down. Memorable.


wyopeakMike - Jun 1, 2008 7:21 pm

one great glissade  Sucess!

I hiked up Avalanche Gulch back in 1992. There were lines of people going up. I was given a survey on the way down by a lovely ranger woman on the way down asking if it was busy. That was 16 years ago, I could not imagine the traffic today. It was a great time, and a spectacular summit, the views are sublime. I really liked the view of the Trinity Alps. I remember having to wait in line to sign the summit register. The glissade down was a real treat. A fan of snow flying over my head from the speed. I had even made a trash bag diaper to go even faster. A bigger elevation gain than even the Grand Teton, but with a very fast return. A mountain like no other, especially with all of the crazy cosmic legends and bigfoot sightings.


shknbke - May 27, 2008 2:35 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2008

via AG dayhike  Sucess!

This was probably the toughest ascent I have ever done in terms of physical effort needed just to reach the summit. It took me a little over 9 hours to summit as a dayhike due to high winds above the Red Banks. I felt good prior to this point. I ended up traversing all the way left below the Red Banks to the last chute, which had a fair amount of thick ice that required some front pointing. On the way down we found the chute with the best conditions which was one to the right of the top of the Heart. The snow was too hard/sun cupped to glissade much.


panhandler - May 16, 2008 7:48 pm Date Climbed: May 12, 2007

Casaval Ridge

Summited via Casaval Ridge. Had to traverse to the west face at the catwalk due to minimal snow on that part of the route. Camped two nights at the first window and had beautiful weather... although on the descent, after taking our time and still on the mountain @ 2pm, heard a WHUMP! while traversing the slope between WFG and our camp at the window. A little frightening!


gomez13 - May 13, 2008 8:24 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2008

West Face Gully  Sucess!

Second try on this route. Bad weather first time turned me back. Good weather and better conditioning was key this time. Also did Avy Gulch in 2002.


peakrat76 - Apr 23, 2008 1:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 1974

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Solo climb up the standard route. Awesome peak - great views. Super glissade on the way down.


danman3156 - Apr 17, 2008 10:01 pm Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2008

Great Ski Down  Sucess!

Skinned up under intense sunshine. Camped, summited and then skiied down. Awesome run, it goes on forever.


SillyUncleKarl - Apr 15, 2008 6:25 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2007

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

I was planning to do one of the lesser used routes. But, being my first trip up, and solo, I stuck with the popular avalanche gulch route, 3:30 start. I was very glad I did. This is not a mountain to be taken lightly, heavy wind turned most back. The altitude hit most of the rest of us pretty hard. But very memorable!


ClimbingJunkie - Mar 30, 2008 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2006

My first 14er!!  Sucess!

Great two day ascent of my first 14er!! From Bunny Flat to Helen lake, then up and back to the car by 10am the next day! Awesome experience!


snowflake - Mar 21, 2008 3:35 pm

Every month of year

Climbed in every month of the year (not all same year, though). October is the worst time as is very ICY on upper part of Hotlum/Wintun ridge(favorite route). Routes: AG, WG, Hotlum Glacier, Bolum Glacier, Hotlum/Bolum Ridge, Hotlum/Wintun Ridge.


dswink - Mar 9, 2008 7:38 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

Avy Gulch  Sucess!

Attempted Casaval Ridge in 4/2007 but turned around by weather.
Summitted via Avalanche Gulch in 5/2007.


Bombchaser - Mar 3, 2008 3:29 pm Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2007

Casaval Ridge

Attempted to summit via Casaval Ridge. I started at the Bunny Flat Trailhead. Snowhoed to the Sierra Lodge/Cabin. Climbed the steep ridgling past the lodge up to the base of Casaval Ridge to 9800 feet. Had to turn back because critical gear left behind. Conditions were as follows; sunny, 50-100 mph wind gusts on ridgeline, ics covered scree on ridge, 10 inches to 2 feet of snow along route.

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