Went up the Avalanche Gulch.Three days but could have done in two. Weather was perfect if not too cold in the morning. The descent post-summit was a long slosh in the melting snow.
My fist climb with crampon and in rope team situation. This climb changed me from a hiker to aspiring amateur mountaineer.
This was the least snow I've seen on this mountain so far. The weather perfect. Loose rock + scree in crampons was the most challenging part, both on the way up and even more so on the way down. A great endurance climb.
Do not take a low clearance vehicle for the last 8+miles offroad. Our Prius could not make it. We parked next to the train tracks.
Climbed with long time friend and partner Dave. Hit continuous snow at 50/50. Snow pack in the chute to the right of the "dog bone" in the Red Banks was firm, with no moats by on either side. Summit day was windy and very cold; climbed in my down jacket, which rarely happens. Met several rope teams of all young ladies from Alabama; very impressive and inspiring.
Route Climbed: Hotlum Bolam Ridge Date Climbed: July 31, 2016 Success!
Solo Dayhike Traverse from North to South:
It had been a while since I went up Hotlum-Bolam Ridge, so what better way to do it than as a dayhike, traversing all of Shasta? This had been a dream of mine for a very long time. The route is in a different kind of shape than I had remembered, a lot looser on the approach, give yourself some extra time for that. The H-B Ridge is currently exposed all the way to the ramp but no crevasses that I could see; there were open ones 10 years ago when the ridge was not exposed below the ramp, so stay close to the ridge. A couple told me that they had failed to stay on the ridge proper, above the rabbit ears; there is a class 3 scramble if you climb high between the rabbit ears and the ridge. After gaining the rige, stay on the ridge until the headwall where you climb the couloir climbers right; you would then top out on the north summit. Here is my Strava for the climb. It shows the shortcut I use for the first 1000 ft. (saves 30-45 min). https://www.strava.com/activities/660957525
Route Climbed: Hotlum-Bolam Ridge Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006 Success!
Climbed with balajisv, dnriley, Dan, and Alex. The conditions were great with clear skies and low wind, but it was a bit on the warm side which made the descent a bit sloppy. The center of the "ramp" was 2" of snow on top of ice, so if you are thinking of glissading the ramp, be careful. Though climbing rope slowed our ascent, it seemed practical in hindsight as one of my partners punched though a snow bridge up to his shoulders, below and right of the bergschrund.
Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: August 14, 2005 Success!
Solo dayhike, nine hours from Bunny Flat. The runnels were pretty deep above Helen Lake which made the climb awkward, but not difficult. There was still snow in the chutes, but none on misery hill.
Route Climbed: Cascade Gulch Date Climbed: June 15, 2003 Success!
Pretty, aesthetic route. Climbed with my buddy Brad under a full moon; we were all alone on the route. Windy as all hell at the Shastina saddle. Crossing the Whitney Glacier was not difficult.
Route Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: June 28, 2002 Success!
Birthday climb with my Cousin Morgan. We made good time up to the plateau, took a breather, then bagged the summit. Enjoyed a birthday shot of baily's after we got back to Helen Lake.
Route Climbed: Hotlum/Wintun Ridge Date Climbed: July 29, 2001 Success!
Climbed with Maria; we ascended on the right side of the ridge, then crossed over to the Wintun Glacier. The snow was soft, the sun was hot, but the summit was freezing... welcome to Mt. Shasta.
Route Climbed: Helen Lake/Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 9, 2000 Success!
Repeated this route with my buddy Brian as he got sick the first time around and only attended the snow school. It was a lot warmer, but more cloudy... a difficult trade off.
Route Climbed: Helen Lake/Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: July 9, 2000 Success!
Climbed with SWS and my buddy Brian and a collegue. I was a bit out of shape at the time so the climbing was difficult. Some crazy looking guy with frozen snot stuck to his moustache passed us on his way down and the guide said, "you know, we don't have to end up looking like that guy, are you sure you want to continue?" HELL YES!!!
Hiked Mount Shasta as an overnight trip, camping at Lake Helen on Friday. Started climbing Avalanche Gulch at 3:20am. Reached the summit about 7 hours later. Mostly snow from 50/50 camp and above, but it's melting fast and there were patches of rock/scree to cross on Misery Hill.
Winds were fierce at the top (~40mph), but clear skies.
Was able to glissade from just below Red Banks to Lake Helen. Glissade conditions below Lake Helen were not so good.
Hiked out to Bunny Flats on same day as summit.
Boy, I suck at skiing, but I sure did feel like I'd made the right decision when I zipped past dozens of people post-holing with 60 pound packs on.
Via CC and loved it. Since then 13 more summits of Shasta via various routes. I love this mountain. It has almost killed me but my love remains.
10pm push from Bunny Flats to the summit via Green Butte and back to car in 13 hours including a 2.5 hour nap at 13,000 feet. First time having my camelbak freeze =)
Reached the summit via Avalanche Gulch, with base camp at Lake Helen. Party of 3. Perfect blue bird day.
Date approximate. John Birks and I were graduate students in chemistry at UC Berkeley. I had attempted the Whitney Glacier route the winter of 1969 with Arlene Blum and the UC Hiking club, but we were stormed off. A year and a half later John and I climbed the route successfully, making camp on the Whitney glacier and practicing jumping crevasses.
Blessed with the good weather, we originally wanted to try a Green Butte route, but due to the "not enough snow" concerns switched to Avalanche Gulch. Icy but very doable. Were not able to glissade down, too much ice coverage and icefall hazard. Had to dig up the summit registry, last signed in Oct. No summits in Nov?
Mount Shasta via Bunny Flats Trailhead and Avalanche Gulch. Day trip. 7,300 ft elevation gain. Party of 7.
- Attempt of Avalanche Gulch on 12/3/16. 60 mph winds at camp and 80 mph winds above us. No the summit. Party of 3.
- Ascent of Avalanche Gulch via the Red Banks Chimneys variation on 3/13/17. Party of two.
- Solo ascent of Sargents Ridge on 4/15/17. Party of three. Two turned back.
- Ascent of the West Face Gulley on 5/14/17. Party of three.
- Ascent of Casaval Ridge on 5/26/17. Party of three.
Camped at Helen Lake and got a 4am start for the summit. Perfect day with great views of Lassen and McLoughlin.
It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock & roll.
Hiked from Bunny Flat to Horse Camp. Set up camp, ate, and slept for about 5 hours. Took off just before 1 am, was on the summit by 12:15. The hardest thing I've ever done!! Glissaded down over 3000' and postholed through slushy snow, arriving back at Horse Camp by 4ish. Packed up and headed back out to the trailhead.
We had high pressure, warm days, very little wind. It was an easy climb for my daughter Erin as her first mountaineering trip. We camped at Helen Lake and left for the summit a 3am. Hit the top at 8:30. We had so much fun glissading down. Very few other climbers this day also. Only ran into about a dozen others.
Susan and I were the only girls on the West Face route that day. The weather was perfect, in fact it was so hot the snow was soft even at 5am.
Even though we summited, Susan got a very bad AMS and exhaustion right after we started the descent. Thank God we were able to glissade down the West Face.
Climbers, please listen to your body and communicate to your partner on time before the disaster strikes.
Have climbed both the north and west side (west side most recent). Did the west gully route to Casaval Ridge, messed up the route and had to traverse the "Cat Walk" which was sketchy at best. Finally hit the Whitney glacier and on to summit. Took about 6 1/2 hours from our bevy site.
Four very determined Ukrainians summit Mt.Shasta via a Avalanche Gulch Route.
They promised a crazy wind, but we decided to get at least to Helen Lake and check the weather there. Got soaked under the rain and tried to dry our clothes all night. Due to this the summit of delayed and we started at 6am. The sky was clear despite the weather forecasts.
It was a cold, but clear and sunny day. We all made it to the top safely. One of our friends did have slip and fall on the way down (chimney's area), so watch every step. Proper footwork at all times. Thankfully a friend got away few a few painful bruises only.
Thank you Mt.Shasta. And we will be back soon.