Shastina in October

My absolute favorite view of Shastina that I have ever had, looking down from immediately above The Sharktooth on Mount Shasta (something like 13,700 feet or so).

There was just a bit of snow dusting... yet the late season made all the crevasses visible on the Whitney Glacier. We were just completing a climb of Bolam Glacier (I fell in a crevasse below the bergschrund), and luckily the cold fall weather held out just enough for us to make the summit. The day before it would have been impossible... we spent a lot of time at camp wondering about the next day. Based on the register we were the only ones to summit within a week before or after our trip.

October 28, 2012

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rgg

rgg - Dec 14, 2012 11:30 am - Voted 10/10

Nice!

Especially the full size version. And thanks for the text too, it adds just that little bit extra.

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Dec 14, 2012 12:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice!

Thanks for the comment rgg. Yeah the full size resolution looks much better (even the one posted here is only about 40%)- thanks for noticing! I usually cut them down to save space and load faster, but this morning wish I had loaded the highest resolution. When I get home I'll put the largest size up... lots of detail in it.

Iffy weather never materialized and it ended up making for a great trip. Thanks again!
Chad

rgg

rgg - Dec 14, 2012 12:54 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Nice!

I know what you mean with the resolution. My own monitor is not exactly new and limited to 1024 by 768, which was just fine for the full size version of this picture. Only occasionally do I like to see more details and then I'm happy when I can zoom in. In other cases I don't need anything bigger, because downloading really large ones takes longer.
Cheers, Rob

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Dec 14, 2012 8:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice!

Agreed, I am perhaps the same way, usually just looking at the smaller version.

But just updated the photo to the highest resolution. Not sure how much different it is for your screen, but I like it!

(this was the first time I'd been up high on a mountain like this with a small dusting... I'm sure many others have seen views like this numerous times, but I was enjoying every moment) Thanks Rob!

Noondueler

Noondueler - Dec 15, 2012 1:47 pm - Voted 10/10

Great shot Chad!

It is a fine shot of Shastina and the fog in the valley below.

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Dec 15, 2012 2:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great shot Chad!

Thanks Noondueler. Yeah the weather really worked out for us. I had no idea Shasta could be so nice so late in the season.

Noondueler

Noondueler - Dec 15, 2012 2:47 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot Chad!

I guess you had plenty of snow. I understand climbing Shasta late season without snow is to face plenty of unwanted scree, etc.

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Dec 15, 2012 3:23 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great shot Chad!

Well it was different than the norm... it was a snowless hike in to camp, but really just like hiking cross country, the scree not bad at all. Then up the Bolam Glacier which is normally about like a snowfield, but we encountered small waves of ice with fresh powder in between. Tedious but interesting, even fell in a crevasse right below the bergschrund (a rare occurrence on that route).

From there up we had decent cover from recent snow, and good thing because the scree can be loose in that area. Isn't like that everywhere though. I climbed Sargents Ridge a week later and was off snow 80% of the route. It wasn't bad at all and very solid, contrary to what I heard. Would have been a pain to walk down it from camp, but there was just enough cover on the side of the ridge to have an easy route down.

I think the scree is horrid in some areas, but in others it's not bad at all, easier than dealing with a foot of fresh powder even.

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