Congrats Sean!! With my screwed up scheduled I at least got out but wasn't the same as Shasta! Send me a PM and tell me about your climb.
Set out at 6:00 a.m. from Sand Flat TH and soon regretted the late start due to no wind and extreme warmth. A cool breeze atop Misery Hill and the summit was relieving. The hordes on AG made for plenty of entertainment and conversation during frequent rest breaks while I slowly climbed up to the top of the Red Banks. Scenic cloud formations made appearances throughout the day, adding to the stunning beauty. I made it back to Sand Flat late afternoon after a spectacular glissade down the West Face to Hidden Valley. Shastina was tempting, but I resisted so I could get back to camping with family. I'll be back for more. Why did it take me so long to get around to hiking Shasta?
Three of us safely and successfully climbed ava gulch this past weekend with an overnight at Helen Lake. It was each of our first time on Shasta, and we had a blast! Route/snow conditions were fantastic. We got 2-4 inches of snow from Sat night through Sun morning but nothing too bad. Clouds cleared to a bluebird sky by the time we came above Red Banks.
No crampons needed until Helen Lake. Red Banks eastern chute was manageable; I'd say the northwest side of the summit slope near the fumaroles was the diciest part of the route. Other than that, conditions were prime.
I usually get more info from the failures so out of courtesy I'll post this. Snow is good despite the bad snow year. The spring is running at Horse Camp. No need for snow shoes nor crampons up to Helen Lake. We turned around a bit above Red Banks due to low/no visibility. Came back down to Helen, thought about staying to try again the next day but the wind was ripping pretty good and pizza at Shasta City sounded pretty nice so we called it. Hope this helps.
This was my 2nd time up Shasta....and the most enjoyable because I did it solo. My previous attempt was slowed down by inexperienced friends with good intentions but not really ready for a challenge like this (half of the group didn't make it). On this day I started from Helen Lake at 4am on a beautiful spectacular day without a cloud in the sky. The hike started fairly slow, but I felt great and reached summit at 10:30am. Once on top, I was thrilled to be the only person there. About 30 minutes later I was joined by a group of 3 (young) women I had passed earlier. Much to my delight one of them pulled out a bottle of champagne to celebrate and I was offered a glass. I then prepared for the descent, joined by the 3 divas...and arrived back at the car around 5pm. Shasta is a spectacular majestic mountain with prominence like very few places, my favorite hike in California! I love the glaciers and the challenge, it can require crampons and good fitness but it is well worth the effort!
Avalanche Gulch, camped at Lake Helen. Ranger there recommended we delay starting summit day until 6am, otherwise would've made the summit before sunrise (glad we listened to him). Snow was very light. Waiting to start also allowed great glissade conditions on the descent after we got below the Red Banks.
7.5 hours up from Horse Camp.
Climbed in 2 days with my good buddy, Vimal. Got to ski the whole thing, which was harder than expected after summiting. Get an early start to avoid the heat reflected on route up Avalanche Gulch.
First 14er, basic Avy Gluch route
Great route, we left at 4AM, summited just before 1, a bit slow due to AMS, but glorious. Lots of sand and small talus in the gullies above UFO rock- taking care paid off. Knees took a beating on descent w/out trekking poles- I highly recommend taking them in lieu of ice ax/ crampons, which we took at the behest of the FS, and were utterly unnecessary this late in season.
Casaval was a great route- had the exposure we were looking for without the necessity of roping up.
Two day trip (not with the SMG ;) ) up the Hotlum Glacier. Fantastic climb, great weather, glad to get the peak on my second attempt.
With Jeremy, Izzy, Josh
With Dave G., Leon, Willie, and Marie
This was my third trip on the Clear Creek route. Finally it all came together, but still with enough of a challenge with route finding and the weather to make it sporting. I did get off route near the summit, but back-tracked and persevered and found the correct way up. I think a GPS device would be very useful and hopefully by next season I'll have one.
I used one of the intermediate bivouac sites and enjoyed not having to fumble around in the dark on summit day. If you're interested in doing the Clear Creek route with someone who's been there let me know. I'm also interested in Shastina.
For more information you can visit my profile and the trip report that I posted.
If you heard someone on the peak singing The Hustle that was me. Loved the glissade back own Avvy Gulch.
one of the funnest climbs ive done yet. glissaded all the way from the red banks to about a half mile from horse camp
A fun climb on a great day.
My first 14er and my first solo above 10,000. Went up the Clear Creek route and slept overnight to acclimate at the popular basecamp area just below 9000. Could have climbed the rest of the route without touching snow but took a few snowfields on the way up to break up the scree-climbing. Hit the fields on the way back down for a 2000 foot glissade and an 800 foot one. All in all, one of the best climbing experiences I've ever had. Coming back next summer, maybe to try the West Face Gully.