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Jun 07 2015
ChriLaRo
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28 male
 Joined Mar 24 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Shasta 14,179Northern, CA
Northern, CA
Backpack avatar Jun 07 2015
ChriLaRo
Backpack13.40 Miles 7,242 AEG
Backpack13.40 Miles1 Day   4 Hrs      
7,242 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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Classic Avalanche Gulch route up Mount Shasta from Bunny Flat TH. Split into two days with an overnight at Helen Lake @ ~10,400 on Saturday before continuing to the summit on Sunday and then returning to the car. Saturday made the 4.2 miles to Helen Lake in about 3 hours. Sunday completed the climb to the summit in a little over 5 hours with an additional 6 hours to climb back down to Helen Lake, pack up the tent and return to the trail head. Overall a very nice first 14,000 footer experience (and solo at that!). It was perfect weather both days and not too windy. Still good snow pack. Good glissade conditions on the way back down too from the Red Banks all the way to Helen Lake and beyond.
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May 22 2015
VolcanoCLMBR
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40 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Mount Shasta West Gully Route with Shastina, CA 
Mount Shasta West Gully Route with Shastina, CA
 
Hike & Climb avatar May 22 2015
VolcanoCLMBR
Hike & Climb16.97 Miles 11,377 AEG
Hike & Climb16.97 Miles3 Days         
11,377 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
A few months ago in my search to continue adding to my alpine climbing resume I started looking at Mount Shasta. While doing my research I found that over 80% of all summits at Shasta happen from the Avalanche Gulch route, with that in mind I wanted a route with a lot more solitude and a bigger challenge.....with that i found the West Gully route to be just what I wanted for this adventure.
Once I decided thats what I wanted I started my search for teammates, there I thought my friend and all around badass chick Emily to be a fit despite her lack of mountaineering experience, I also found my friend TJ and his experience to be beneficial to the team. Together we tutored and mentored Emily on how to walk with crampons, use of ice axe, self arrest and roped travel.
On thursday afternoon I went to pick up our car rental and quickly headed out of town for the long 14 hour drive up to NorCal. After driving about 7 hours we made our night stop just north of Fresno leaving us only about 400 miles left to go on friday morning. At about 1PM we arrived at Mount Shasta City, a small cozy laid back hippie town {totally my style} took our time grabbing lunch while we got our rented snow shovel taken care of. Then after we started making the quick 11 mile drive to the Bunny Flat TH, there we paid our self-paid 3-day weekend permit for $25 P/P. From this spot we then started heading up Mt. Shasta under cloudy and light wind/ light rain conditions....the landscape was typical NW, lots of trees and wide expansive views. After 2 miles and 1200 ft of gain we reached Horse Camp, from there we continued making our way up to our weekend base camp at Hidden Valley, a beatiful, wide open valley located just below the steep west face of this amazing volcano. As we made our last snow field traverse the winds started picking up and only became stronger the closer we got to Hidden Valley. We took shelter from the cold 50+ MPH winds behind a rock and waited there for about 45 minutes trying to decide our options. Not only after the winds died down a bit we decided to hunt for a suitable campsite to be able to pitch under the still windy conditions......I tell you, it was so much fun (NOT) shoveling a flat patch of snow and try to pitch a tent under freezing windy weather!!
About an hour later the wind completely died off and we went explore the rest of Hidden Valley and came across two good looking ski-mountaineer girls who were just pitching their tent as the sun was starting to set. Their plans were almost the same as ours, climb Shastina saturday, and Shasta on sunday.
The following morning we let the sun wake us up and took our time having breakfast under a clear wind-free morning! We got our gear together and started making our way up to Shastina, as the day went by we crossed paths with the two women ski-mountaineering, we also came across another couple day climbing with their ski touring gear as well.
As the day went on at about noon the winds and clouds started forming on both the summits of Shasta and Shastina, it was then about 500 feet from the Shastina summit when we decided to call it a day and head back to base camp, have a proper lunch and start preparing for our early morning alpine start of 230AM. It was weird being in my tent and sleeping bag already having had dinner and ready to go sleep before 5PM and setting our alarms for our 1AM wake up call.
1AM comes and the excitement quickly engulfed my mind as i made myself some oatmeal and hot cocoa. Right after breakfast we started putting our crampons on our boots and packed our day climb supplies. Exactly at 230AM we started our long and slow walk across Hidden valley where we gradually the started hitting 10, 20, 30 slopes until reaching a 45 degree slope across a gully that would take us above the Cassaval ridge and onto the 35 degree west face. I would describe this climb as being on a stairstepper machine for 5+ hours without stopping while gaining more than 4000 feet. The climb was relentless, a true test of both mental and physical stamina. One of our rewards was to be the only team climbing the west gully under a clear starry night with a full view of the Milky Way and catching glimpse of a handful of shooting stars....magical indeed!!
The sunrise beat us before we could gain the west face saddle but once we got there we had a full view of Shasta's main peak and with that a view of scores of people climbing from Avalanche gulch. Seeing this made me even more grateful we had climbed the route that we did even more. We then started making our way across the Whitney Glacier and onto Missery Hill and joined everyone else making the climb to the summit. Feeling exhausted but with my mind set on to the summit we charged our way to the top reaching the summit at 854AM. What a feeling it was to be there, the high one gets being there never gets old and is the sole reason for my alpine climbing addiction.
After signing the simmit register we started making our way down and the kid fun started......taking our crampons off and making our glissade descent back down.....if you havent glissaded down a 2000+ foot slope before.....i highly recommend, its axhilirating and was the cherry on top of this already magnificent volcano.
We got back to base camp at 1225PM and happily but tired we started taking our camp down and after an uneventful way back to Bunny Flat we got to the car just after 4PM and started our long drive back home.
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Jul 05 2014
Booneman
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39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Mount Shasta - Bunny Flat THNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2014
Booneman
Hiking12.92 Miles 7,209 AEG
Hiking12.92 Miles   12 Hrs   12 Mns   1.06 mph
7,209 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Climbing Mount Shasta has been on our radar for a couple years now, and all the pieces fell into place this weekend for Matt and I to make a one-day ascent to the summit. His trip to Mt Hood was cancelled once again, and I had planned on visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park on Saturday and Sunday, when he pitched the idea of doing Shasta at me and I said let's do it!

A great deal of planning went into making this trip possible, the complexity of the climb had us going over a number of scenarios these past couple weeks until our plan was finalized. Logistics, gear, permits, camping, mountain conditions and everything in between came together by Thursday, July 3rd when Matt arrived in Oakland. After breaking camp at Castle Crags, we drove into the city of Mt Shasta to check off the last few needed items before setting up shop at the Bunny Flat trailhead.

An "Alpine start" put us on the Avalanche Gulch trail at approximately 12:30am Saturday morning. We would be hiking from 6,950 to 14,179 feet in a matter of 6.5 miles, loaded down with enough clothing, water and mountaineering gear to reach the peak. We had our work cut out for us that's for sure. The first two miles to the Sierra Club Horse Camp were a breeze, it was the next two miles of steep, loose scree to base camp (Helen Lake 10,443) that really got the heart rate up. Seeing the stars and Milky Way pour over the mountain was a spectacular sight, enough to keep me occupied as we pounded out those switchbacks. At 3:00am we took a short break to don our crampons and ice axes in unison with everyone else at base camp. We followed the lead headlamps up the snow field for a grueling couple of hours to crest the Red Banks at 13,000 feet. This had to be my favorite part of the climb, especially getting in the rhythm of "axe, step-step, axe, step-step." Early reports had warned climbers of rock falls and we had a scare just before going through the chute in Red Banks. A basketball sized boulder cut loose and rapidly descended into the path below and screams shot out as we watched a group of five almost take a hit as the rock fell into the abyss below. Fortunately no one was hurt!

On we went, cresting the major hill where we were able to shed the crampons and headlamps to hike up Misery Hill. Daybreak was upon us and the peak almost in sight. At this point we knew a successful summit was within reach, less than a mile and just over a 1,000 feet to go. The view is hard to put into words, simply magnificent. From the glaciers on the North side to Mt Shastina to the West, it was hard to take it all in at once. Matt and I reached the peak at 8:00am with two climbers ahead of us to offer congratulations of a job well done and share the photo opportunity. Conditions were ideal and we enjoyed our time at the top of Northern California.

The work wasn't over yet because those who go up, must come down. Granted it was less physically taxing on the aerobic systems, the technical element of descending presented even more challenges. The snow field was tricky, and it wasn't until we hit softer snow that glissading down the mountain became possible. At 10:00am Matt and I were back at base camp eager to shed layers and put our hiking shoes back on for the last few miles to head out. Elevation quickly dropped and so did the miles. A quick break at Horse Camp allowed us to regroup, fill our empty bottles and mingle with those headed up the mountain. Reaching the trailhead was a total sigh of relief, and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment shared between the two us knowing what we had just put ourselves through. Another major trek is in the books and something we will certainly be talking about for years to come.
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Jan 01 2014
kiluam
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 Joined Feb 24 2003
 Los Angeles
Mount Shasta - Bunny Flat THNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2014
kiluam
Hiking1.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour      1.00 mph
600 ft AEG
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Jun 06 2013
SunDevil3
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 Guides 3
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38 male
 Joined May 21 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Shasta - Bunny Flat THNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2013
SunDevil3
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.25 mph
      30 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Hiked while on business trip with limited gear. Went up past large shelter (Sierra Club, I think) and into bottom of main snowpack so that I could do a little denim glissade for a few hundred yards in my jeans. Had to hike back down with a very wet butt-- but it was well worth it. Shasta is amazingly beautiful
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Nov 24 2010
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mount Shasta - Bunny Flat THNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2010
Randal_Schulhauser
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Part of our Oregon Trail Tale 2010 => http://hikearizona.com/TL.php?ID=56595
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