Just wondering what the snow conditions were like. I've heard that the mountain did not get a lot of snow this past season. I'm planning a trip up the Avalanche gulche route in about 3 weeks. I've gone up the mountain once before but am still new to mountaineering.
Not nearly as hard as I expected, fun none the less. Had the summit to ourselves. The catwalk was definitely the highlight. Very interesting rock.
Skinned up to Casaval, fooled around on a few of the big gendarmes and enjoyed the blizzard conditions, probably stopped around 12,600-800. Skied down the west side of the ridge toward hidden valley, found a round about way back to the road and hitched back up to bunny flat. The section of trees between bunny flat parking and the start of the ridge can be a pain in the butt. Some wind slab action on the east side of the ridge.
nice backcountry experience until you get to the summit and the million other climbers on top.
This was my second attempt at Shasta; as with my previous attempt up the long Clear Route with about 8,000 feet of gain. On my first attempt, I was turned back at over 13,000 as the result of consistent high winds with the mountains ash a real pain as it blew around the edges of my mountaineering glasses and into my contact lenses. One month later I was provided a second opportunity on a late season October attempt.
I started the climb at about 2pm on a perfectly clear Saturday afternoon and pitched camp at about 9,400 feet. The next morning started up a bit late at 8 am. Climbing this route without snow was a drag with the very loose rock and sand on the steep slope. Fortunately no wind but this time I came prepared regardless with ski goggles.
The summit view was absolutely spectacular with few high clouds. The summit register revealed that I was only the second person to make it that day but being I didn’t see them, assumed that person came up via another route.
Definitely a peak that needs a second visitation!
Climbed 7 times. Take left of the heart... it's more fun!
My first attempt at anything beyond a ski lift. I had NO CLUE about how much conditioning I would need and thus made it as far as the heart before turning back! I came back the following year, in shape and fell in love with mountaineering. Much beter the second, more educated time around!
First time climbing Shasta. Great climb and just over half the group made it. Looking forward to snowboarding down it some day.
We climbed Shasta via Avalanche Gulch back in July of 2001. There was very little snow that year: no snow at all up to Helen and "Helen Lake" was actually open so you did not have to melt snow. It was very cold and windy on top but all 4 of us made it. Great experience!
I am not sure I have ever had a sunburn as bad as the one I received on that mountain : )
Left the car at 3am, summit at 10am, back to car at 1300.
Conditions were great until the last 700' to the summit when clouds obscured any views. It took us a while to search the upper slopes for the actual summit in the thick clouds.
Climbed with Shasta Mountain Guides. Easy trip, great weather.
Camped at Hidden Valley, Friday, 27JUN08. Started climbing 2am Saturday 28JUN08. On the summit at 10:30am. Spent an hour up there as the weather was phenomenal! Sunny and little wind. Back to Hidden Valley by 4 pm. Spent the night and back out to Bunny Flat on Sunday, 29JUN08. AWESOME! ! ! Avoid Avy Gulch, the West face is a good beginner/moderate route and MUCH less crowded.
made the summit at dusk as the alpine glow was setting on us. hiked back to camp with a full moon. hauntingly beautiful.
Climbed it 3 times in 3 years all on the 4th of July. We did the Bolam Glacier and the Hotlam Bolam Ridge. Got chased off the summit by lightning in 2000
What a great mountain to climb in calm winds and clear skies! 14hr total trip time from Bunny Flats, 8hrs up, 1hr at top, 5hrs down. Route has neat surprises in the summer without snow like lots of choss rock to contend with (sometimes 1step up, 1/2slide down in upper gulch), a small sandstone passage way to get above red cliffs (at thumb rock lookout), and small field of ice to cross before getting to the summit pyramid (ice ax & crampons not really needed). Class 3 handholds to get to the summit register box ...that's going straight up face. A leg burner more so on descent and very dusty due to the rock slides and choss. Neat seeing all the jetliners and Horizon's Dash 8 zipping along overhead.
Standard avalanche gulch rout. Great climb for beginners who want to get into mountaineering.
Awesome. Camped out at horse camp, left at 1am. Summit and back to the cars the same long day. Great climb!
Climbed this AWESOME peak solo, in May of 2001. Snow all the way.