Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2010-06-30

Climber: Les Zollbrecht

Others in Party:Jeff Boskind
Date:Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Casaval Ridge is a beautiful climb just under the ridge on the Western side. One should ensure that you are very comfortable walking a very long distance with the right hand higher than the left as this will be your reality for several hours.

We placed a base camp at around 10,000 to acclimatize and to enjoy the experience. Our camp was at the top of the Casaval Ridge shoulder just before the route becomes sidehill.

We then traversed 2,000 vertical feet and placed a high camp at 11,900 just before the crux of the route, a small Couloir that keyholes up through two gendarmes. From here we started at 3:00 AM and climbed through the crux and then crossed several gullies and chutes and finally emerged on the Western ridge of the Mountain west of Misery Hill. We traversed over to Misery Hill and hiked up the standard route/trail to the summit. We reached the summit at around 7:30.

We then descended the same route, picked up our high camp and glissaded down and out.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7262 ft / 2213 m
    Route:Casaval Ridge
    Trailhead:Bunny Flats  6900 ft / 2103 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:5 Hours 

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