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.
Probably the last weekend this route will be fun. Nice views!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Solo climb up the standard route. Awesome peak - great views. Super glissade on the way down.
Skinned up under intense sunshine. Camped, summited and then skiied down. Awesome run, it goes on forever.
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!
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!
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.
Attempted Casaval Ridge in 4/2007 but turned around by weather.
Summitted via Avalanche Gulch in 5/2007.
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.