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.
With my brother - 7.5 hours up and 4 hours down from Clear Creek TH. The route up wasn't as bad as feared, scrambled up rocks whenever possible over the last 1,500 feet as the trail would have been a nightmare. Coming down was easy, although loose in sections where caution is warranted. Only acclimated for 4 hours at 9,000 feet the day before, and was really slow above 13,000 but somehow all our energy came back once we got to the top. Grueling day for sure. Trip report is HERE.
Long day on the Clear Creek route but persevered to reach the top of my first 14er. No snow left but the loose rock and slippery conditions along the steepest sections made for an exhausting hike.
Was nice to get back to Shasta after unsuccessful winter attempt on Casaval ridge in March. That being said, will not do it again without snow. Long slog of sand and gravel, but it was a beautiful day on a majestic mountain, so all was good! There IS water available at @ 9000ft from the spring on this route, and the only equipment you will want to bring is a helmet for the chute near the saddle, and the last gulch up to the summit. Everything on the route is loose. There was no snow.
Tuff hike up but worth it! Nice day.