Ascent to Mount Shasta-Helen Lake Base camp on 2011-06-18

Climber: Shawn Burrell

Others in Party:Dan
Date:Saturday, June 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Shasta - Helen Lake Base camp
    Elevation:10400 ft / 3169 m
    Remaining Elevation:3762 ft / 1147 m (51% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Dan and I arrived in Mt Shasta Friday June 17. Went to the Fifth Season had a good Italian dinner and stayed in town at a Motel.

Saturday June 18:
Got up around 6 and planned to head up with some of Dan's friends. One of them was feeling ill so we were delayed a while. When we arrived at Bunny Flat trailead 6950' the snow was already soft it was also deep! We were postholing after Horse camp, which made the climb up brutal. You could also see wind blowing snow off of the summit and it was quite windy at Helen Lake 10,400'. Which is where we set up base camp. We set up the tent built piled up the snow to protect it and melted snow for drinking water and so we could eat.

Sunday June 19:
Horrible winds, destroyed tent had to bail from base camp(Helen lake) in the morning.
Only a few brave souls attempted the summit...Rangers had to rescue someone that slid down avalanche gulch. They took the victim down to 50/50 camp and a Reach helicopter picked them up.

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Helen Lake (2011-06-18). Photo by Shawn Burrell.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3650 ft / 1112 m
    Elevation Loss:3650 ft / 1112 m
    Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3650 ft / 1112 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Avalanche Gulch
    Trailhead:6750 ft / 2057 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3650 ft / 1112 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Avalanche Gulch
    Trailhead:6750 ft / 2057 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 22 Minutes

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