I decided to climb Mt. Shasta after listening to the memorable tales of some older fellows whom I respected. SP instantly became my go to site for trip planning. I had minimal climbing gear so I chose the Clear Creek route which I began not at the trail head, but at the turnoff of highway 89 at the base of the mountain. I started whacking the bush and passed the trail head around 6pm continuing until I reached the head of the icy springs, setting up camp just before nightfall with the the nearly full moon rising and a thunderstorm to the south. Began the anticipated scree-spree up the talus-palace just before sunrise. I took around 3 hours to reach the snow covered summit where I bathed shirtless in the sun for nearly 2 hours before saying my goodbyes and scree-skiing my way down. It was at that point I knew I would climb much much higher in the years to come.
Strenuous day with my son up the endless rubble of Clear Creek. The only time we touched snow was on the summit plateau. First time up Shasta. Best part was coming down. Would have reached the trailhead in under 3 hours if not for bloody toes. Would have been better off coming up one of the glacier routes. Now I know why I love the Sierra.
Finally successful on 2nd try. My favorite mountain and best climb so far. Single-day push from Bunny Flat via Avalanche Gulch. No words can express the feelings of standing on the summit and looking down from the stratosphere, seemingly. Perfect weather, perfect snow, fantastic group. It was just epic. Forever on the mountain.
Great ski descent down the hotlum bolum route. Also skied red banks three years prior. Windy day, but got nicer as the day progressed.
Did it on September 5-6, 2010 with my dad and again on September 10, 2011. Both times I did the Ski Bowl rout over Greene Butte and up Avalanche Gulch. The second time I did it solo in 10hr 20min. That was after driving from home in Redding, CA at about 560ft elevation. So I went from 560ft to 14,179ft in just over 12hr. I want to climb a differed rout next season. Maybe Casaval Ridge or the Whiney Glacier Rout. These were the only times I made it to the summit but I have been up on the mountain about a dozen times. I’ve even snowboarded from just above the Red Banks (the base of Misery Hill) down to Bunny Flats. I was going for the summit but a dense cloud forced me down. Once I tried an all-night climb. I left at 8PM and made it to the Red Banks just as the sun was coming up. I was hoping to make the summit before sunrise and shoot the sunrise with my 5DmarkII so when the sun came up I just went back down. I also didn’t make it the first time, but did the second time though. After that I made about 3 or 4 attempts that failed before my solo summit. Got turned back motley by bad Weather and once in Jan 2011 by a friend getting a bad blister from some rented Touring Ski Boots. That was the most annoying turn around because the mountain was so still not even a breeze and it had just snowed a few days before. The mountain was covered in powder.
This is the mountain that inspired me to climb. Growing up in Redding where the mountain is visible most of the time I just felt this urge to conquer the peak and find out what was up there and what I could see from there. After climbing it Mountaineering got in my blood. Here is what my dad and I wrote on the summit log the first time on the summit. “The view make me think how small and insignificant we are compared with this blue planet… --Daniel Turturica” “…and to think that the Creator God is interested and involved in our wellbeing only makes it more awesome. –Corneliu Turturica”
It took me 6 (yes six) attempts to finally reach the summit of Shasta. This is due to a variety of reasons including bad weather, bad rockfall, and sick or injured partners.
Clear Creek Route, Single push, Alpine-light in under 24 hours. Started at 10:30 p.m. Friday night, finished at 8:45 p.m. Saturday night. Descended from Summit to Trailhead in 6.5 hours. Carried ice-axe & crampons but did not need to use them. Good weather. Went up Clear Creek route, followed visible use trail to rock band above "Mushroom" rock, went right/east of rock band, then turned left/west to summit plateau. descended through chute in rock band. Took three extneded stops while ascending to rest and to allow our bodies to adjust to altitude. Saw only one other group of three making the summit.
Nice and easy.
Would like to go up via different routes in the future.
Avalanche gulch C2C. A bit windy and cloudy at the top, but was surprised not to see anyone else climbing the peak!
In the best shape of my life, a solo scramble--parking lot to parking lot in an easy day. Some tipidness on the summit, lots of sulphur smell and other people sacked out other groveling around. Amazing day though, ate a whole lot of watermelon when I got back down to Weed.
Great weather the whole time we were on the mountain. From the Northgate TH we went up the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge route to the summit. Was able to celebrate my 34th birthday with my dad on the summit. An amazing experience.
Avalanche Gulch x 2 overnight and day-hike (4 hrs 50 mins to the top)
Green Butte Ridge x 2 overnight and day-hike
Casaval ridge day-hike
West Face overnight
Whitney Glacier overnight
Hotlum glacier (left gully was good alpine ice) overnight
Weather was perfect, if a bit smoky in the distance. Overnight at Marine Camp from North Gate, summit the next morning. Had the mountain to ourselves until afternoon.
Solo route on a mountain I have always wanted to climb!
My first time up at 14er!
Summitted in 3 hours 56 minutes from Bunny Flat. Had a hard time on the ascent with no crampons or axe. Wore just shorts, a t-shirt, a day pack with 2L of water, ankle socks and low cut north face hiking boots. Was under-prepared if I was looking for comfort. The soft dirt and pebbles filled my shoes many times. Descended in 2 hours 19 minutes. Total hike time: 6 hours 15 minutes Total mileage 11.7 miles
Didn't make it to the top, but will try again very soon.
I tried to summit in May with skis but had to turn around when the snow was getting too soft. I didn't drag those things all the way up there to ski crappy snow. This time around I left the skis behind and made the summit no problem. A little under 5 hours from Helen Lake. Summited with my cousin Cory. Found very few other people on the mountain but met a couple of very cool people on the summit. Well worth the effort!
Finally made it. First time trying Avalanche Gulch is summer; much easier than expected, but a great day none the less. 4:28 from Helen Lake to the summit.
With a camp at Helen Lake