Climbed twice... something strange always seems to happen. First time I had seen a "labyrinth"!
Excellent conditions late in the season. Firm snow up through the Redbanks and summit plateau. Previous 3 trips were turned back due to avvy conditions or high winds. Would like to return in 2010 in full snow coverage conditions.
Climbed this on my way south moving from WA to CA. Just beat the snow moving in on my way down, closer than I like to cut it.
Bivy on the ridge, what a tremendous climb. Must go back to ski it.
went with my friend James. Struggled up to high camp at completely snowed-over Lake Helen, but then had a really great day the following morning, ascended in about four hours, the weather was great, although pretty windy.
Back in the day, this was a viable route and done in one day. It was snowing when we started, and we were on snow the whole route. We crossed over Green Butte Ridge into Avalanche Gulch and up toward the Red Banks. While still in the clouds, I was a bit nervous about small projectiles whizzing by. You could hear them rather than see them. Just before we reached Misery Hill we broke through the clouds and the views were spectacular. The trip down wasn't as fun as the snow became slushy on the lower slopes. Climbed with my brother-in-law.
Climbed Shasta many times, all on north side routes.
Been up that Mountain 7 times and summit 5 with Mountain Leader Students. 1994-1999 Mostly on the Hotlum. Tele Ski'd off the summit. (just below the rock band) all the way to the parking lot in 98. The 1st 1000 ft was strastrugi and sounded like I was throwing a chandelier down the mountian on every turn.
Did a winter ascent of Avalanche Gulch in March of 96 and went up Sargents ridge in March of 97.
Finally got up this guy. Skied the WFG along with about 30 others that day. Best skiing of the weekend was the S-facing snow patch coming down from Shastina the day before.
Learned a lot on this awesome climb. 1-I love climbing 2.Don't leave your sweater in the car on a snow climb 3. don't fill your water bladder and have near your clothes in case it leaks 4. teeth chattering from cold is not only very uncomfortable it also hurts the toungue. Will climb this one again. Can't explain how beautiful climbing a snow peak is.
This was my very first 14er. I think it was the summer of '81. I climbed with a friend, and we camped overnight at a cabin halfway up the mountain. Along the way we encountered snowfields that seemed endless.
I had climbed Lassen a few days prior to attempting Shasta, so I thought I was in good shape. Boy, was I wrong. Luckily my youthful energy and determination to complete the summit overcame my lack of preparation, and bad weather weather that I encountered on the climb. Thank goodness for the hot water springs to warm my hands, but it was too bad there was no view at the summit due to the clouds. Following the hike, I was not able to move for three days due to exhaustion.
7300 vertical foot perfect corn ski descent? Check! Repeated in June of 2007 with equally awesome conditions.
Took Avalanche Gulch and was fortunate to have a late season storm before we got there. There was a windy winter resulting in a lack of snow on the approach from Horse Camp. Winds were incredible at the top and we essentially crawled. Great Glissade below the heart.
Solo Hotlum-Wintun then right into Hotlum ice gully, bivied at about 11,000 ft. came back down all on the rock ridge, there was no snow except at the top. Beautiful day. Nice approach too, compared to the bushwacks of Rainier, Shasta has very open and dry forests. Plus acclimated in town at 4,000 ft. for a few days so felt really nice compared to Rainier where you start at sea level. There's also some neat lava tube caves N of the peak for exploring on a rainy day.
My first snow climb! Camped at Helen Lake and froze all night because my sleeping pad had a hole in it. Was glad to get moving early with the alpine start and really enjoyed the climb to the top. Great weather. This one got me hooked on mountaineering!
Dayhiked this one. Lots of scree which was pretty miserable. 4th time on the summit of Mt Shasta. Beautiful day on an uncrowded route.
Summit for Someone victory.
Dragged a friend with me on my first solo glaciated climb after taking a mountaineering course in July. My friend stayed at Helen Lake and played in the snow which had withdrawn right to the tent sites in the late season, and slept in when I left early the next morning via Ava. Gulch. I took a route to the left of 'The Heart' to climb alone among the needle-ice formations due to thawing and refreezing of the snow surface, which made for an eerie climb in the dark. I took a lesser traveled gully for a bit of a challenge beside a fairly large cornice and up onto the first snowfield. The upper snowfield was an interesting piece and then hiding among the rocks on the far side I tried to get some blood-flow back into my fingers and decided to spend some $ on better gloves for my next climb. I took an interesting route to the summit from the sulfur fields as I failed to notice the fairly obvious trail that led an easy way around to the west side of the summit. I however, did some sketchy scrambling around the North-East side only to shimmy up through a chimney (pretty neat) only to come up out of the crack upon the summit where others had gathered. After some strange looks due to my route of choice I joined them in a congratulatory beer (slushy) and a few pix before enjoying a rapid glissade down the gulch which was more like an ice luge course at that point!
Barely made it up and down before a storm. Nobody who left camp at Helen Lake after 3am made the summit on that day.
Did it in both 1990 (north side with friends) and in 1992 (solo) on the south side. Fun climb on the north side, crowded grunt on the south side.