mrchad9 wrote:The early season snow conditions on Washington stratovolcanoes are not very much different than they are on California stratovolcanoes.
I don't have much of a base to compare. I've only climbed Shasta, once, via Casaval Ridge the last weekend in May. Conditions seemed more like July in the Washington Cascades; nice firm neve, no post holing, good step kicking. Maybe it was just a fortunate coincidence, but the research I had done indicated late May was some years too late for Casaval Ridge.
I'm not one to believe in energy vortexes or such, but there was definitely an energy on Shasta that was unlike anything I've ever experienced. LIke a lot of positive ions in the air or something. And the Dr. Seuss trees were crazy.