mrchad9 wrote:clmbr wrote:Which route are you planning? Is Ian coming too? Perhaps we can meet again on Misery Hill?mrchad9 wrote:... I am this weekend...
Was already driving up as you posted this... did an awesome route traversing to Whitney Glacier from North Gate, then up the north side of Shastina, then the Cascade Gulch route to the summit of Shasta skirting around the right side of the glacier, and down Hotlum-Bolam ridge. Quite a haul carrying a pack all that way but a much nicer trip than what Ian and I slogged through.
He didn't come though... I couldn't convince him to return to Shastina so quickly after the last outing lol
It did turn out to be windy Saturday though... forecast got worse and Saturday afternoon on the summit plateau I was on knees and elbows trying to keep from being blown down the east side of the mountain. Was not even possible to stand in place!
Saturday was still windy even in Hidden Valley but just above on the ridge the wind was crazy. At night it became quite and lots of people started climbing from various directions.
Ian went via Hidden Valley, summited Shastina and then finished the Cascade Gulch route to the summit. We met again on (just after) Misery Hill and summited together again (just after noon). We descended via West Face Gully glissading all the way down.