This is really low snow level year - snow level at 8700 ft. I will say it is horrible condition.
it is my second time here and jean's first time.
I lead a group of 6 people for this trip.
we camped at helen lake on 6/7/2014.
First time at Mt. Shasta and went solo. Camped at Helen Lake. Surprised there were only 2 others camped next to me. Left for summit at 2am and on top at 8am. Good cramponing snow all the way. Beautiful mountain.
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Temperatures in the teens not factoring the 35 - 40 mile an hour winds, Justin and I made it to the top at 8:45 a.m. after an alpine start from Helen Lake at 3:15 a.m. So cold we had to wear our down layer on top of all of our other layers during the ascent. I feel a need to come back to this one. Maybe try a single push with just the right climbing partner.
07/28/19 Back for more with mountaineering partner. Same route, same way
Fun overnight climb via Avalanche Gulch
Drove to 6100' Apr 30, skinned up to bivvy at 9000' in Clear Creek Basin above regular camp area. May 1: climbed between Watkins Glacier and Wintun Ridge to rejoin Çlear Creek route at red Mushroom Rock 12,800' and on to summit from there. Stashed skis at mushroom rock, then, on descent, was able to ski from there almost all the way to the trailhead. Snow on upper Clear Creek route is melting fast in the recent spell of hot weather, and as of today (May 3) road reportedly drivable all the way to trailhead.
Avalanche Gully, 13 hours round trip.
Climbed with my buddy sierramtngoat. A lot different than going up the main route, that's for sure!
Tough day with whiteout conditions at times.
Myself, my service dog Puppi and my cat Burma climbed the misery hill route and tagged the summit. It was a physically exhausting climb, basically because of the scree and deep sand and ash.
Climbed from a high camp at Helen Lake. Decent snow conditions, no wind, and clear beautiful skies. An enjoyable and rewarding climb for my friend and I. Glissading made the descent faster and enjoyable!
Avalanche Gulch x2
Casaval R. winter
a bunch of winter attempts via Sergeants R.
With Rich Kim. Finally summited on my third attempt.
Great climb. On top by 6:45 am. Cold and windy!
We were the only people on the Bolam glacier which made for a quiet trip. The snow level was low, but overall this was a nice, easy route, and our first successful Shasta summit.
This route was quite entertaining, especially early in the season, however the catwalk was full of rocks, so we avoided that section. On misery hill, a storm rolled in and visibility went to almost zero, so we turned around. I would attempt this route again.
An ice ball to the chest ended the attempt of one of our team below the Red Banks. Brutal wind and cold sent back another at the start of misery hill. Near the crest of Misery Hill we were crawling on hands-stomach-knees to avoid getting blown off the mountain. Eventually made the summit with Moon, Andy, and Kevin.
Started at Old Ski Bowl and crossed Green Butte Ridge to bivy spot at 11k. Ascended thru Red Banks with Peter, Rahil and Doug.
First summit of Shasta via rarely done Wintun Glacier straight up the glacier. Awesome route, very fun climbing, beautiful day, great group!
First introduction to mountain climbing. Reached the summit via the Clear Creek Route. No snow up there - watch out for falling boulders!! A party near us unhinged a very large one on the slopes below, thankfully no one was hurt.