Mount Shasta Climber's Log

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Tom Fralich - May 26, 2009 5:40 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2009

Casaval Ridge  Sucess!

Left Horse Camp at 1AM and got to the summit at around 8:30AM. The route was not as technically interesting as I expected, but it sure was LONG. The walk across the crater tested my will to live. The descent went fast, despite the abundant post-holes. Back to Horse Camp at 11:30AM.


vanman798 - May 26, 2009 12:11 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2009

From Bunny Flat  Sucess!

Did the 7,000+ vertical foot climb from Bunny Flat, up Avalanche Gulch, to the peak in just under seven hours. Skied down in about one hour from the base of Misery Hill via the Trinity Chutes, approximately 6,400 vertical feet of very nice corn snow.


Blackmouth - May 25, 2009 2:30 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2009

Casaval Ridge  Sucess!

This was my first time up Shasta and I was fortunate to be able to climb with Forjan & Mdostby, who have summited Shasta multiple times. We were the only ones on Casaval Ridge that day.Roundtrip was a few minutes over 12 hours. I look forward to climbing this route again.


bigstraz - May 19, 2009 8:28 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 2009

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

Weather was WAY nice... to nice, I didn't bring anything short sleeved... 7 of us went to Helen Lake, 5 of us got out bed @ 1am and 3 of us made it to the top. PS ... got burned in places I didn't know I had... like in my ears!


peerzat - May 3, 2009 4:16 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2009

could've lit a match on the summit  Sucess!

beautiful conditions on high. left bunny flats at 1130am. skinned up to Lake Helen on the 19th in great weather, almost too warm/soft to skin up by the end of the day. alpine start on the 20th, 430am, at a mellow pace to summit by 1100. could've lit a match on the summit. perfectly still, no clouds, about 50deg. skied down, bullet proof up top, avalanche gulch in perfect light corn making for really heavy snow down low after picking up camp and catching our breath. But, ya can't beat perfect conditions on the steeps! yow! excellent adventures.


junoiceclimber - Apr 29, 2009 3:04 am

0 4 2 solo attempts

March and November both stormed me off at 10 and 11 thousand, but hot dammit I loved every minute being on the mtn. Casaval in March and Seargents in November. Like the governor says, "I'll be back!"


thholder - Apr 28, 2009 2:55 pm Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2008

Avy Gulch from Horse Camp  Sucess!

Waited out the wind for 2 days,entertained by climbers stories being blown off Helen Lake. Our first time on Shasta,really surprised by the views


bfrench - Apr 28, 2009 12:27 am

Shasta  Sucess!

Skied Trinity Chutes with CW.


PellucidWombat - Apr 27, 2009 7:17 am Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2009

Casaval Ridge  Sucess!

I tried to dayhike the route twice before, failing due to an oncoming cold and a freaky windslab. This time I was successful despite bruising my ribs the day before. Excellent route!


DustyDeb9 - Apr 27, 2009 8:01 am

Re: Casaval Ridge

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.


PrestonRhea - Apr 18, 2009 9:26 pm Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2009

Casaval  Sucess!

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.

Franky - Apr 14, 2009 7:48 pm Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2009


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.


Groundswell - Mar 27, 2009 1:02 am


nice backcountry experience until you get to the summit and the million other climbers on top.


farrisgl - Mar 3, 2009 5:25 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2001

Clear Creek Route up this fabulous peak  Sucess!

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!


OWilderness - Dec 7, 2008 6:15 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

Left of the Heart  Sucess!

Climbed 7 times. Take left of the heart... it's more fun!


ScottyP - Nov 29, 2008 2:51 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 1999

A date with the summit  Sucess!

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!

uh60speedy - Oct 2, 2008 1:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Hotlum/Bolam Ridge  Sucess!

First time climbing Shasta. Great climb and just over half the group made it. Looking forward to snowboarding down it some day.


mstender - Sep 18, 2008 3:56 pm

via Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

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!


Sienna - Sep 5, 2008 3:46 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2003

Avalanche Gulch  Sucess!

I am not sure I have ever had a sunburn as bad as the one I received on that mountain : )


crnhlio - Sep 2, 2008 10:18 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2008

Up and Down  Sucess!

Left the car at 3am, summit at 10am, back to car at 1300.

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