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Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2012-08-05

Climber: Brendon Chapman

Others in Party:Will Cox-successful
Jason Hughell-successful
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

A tale of weather extremes...left Bunny Flat Trailhead to Horse Camp to fetch water in clear skys and light breeze with temp. In the low 90's. Past Horse camp we continued up to Helen Lake where it continued to be hot. I confess, I was not having a great day in the mountain as I never do in such heat. Pitched camp and ate a small meal and filled water bottle for a 12 midnight start. Winds increased to gale force overnight and so waited until it calmed around 2am. The traail up was long and dark with a strange beauty only found in the high mountains. I hit the summit just after sunrise, however it was freezing cold and storm clouds gathered rather quickly. Then the snow came and a short period of White Out followed. The descent went well, we broke camp at Helen Lake and was back to Bunny Flat by 1130 after a short layover for rest and water at Horse Camp.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7302 ft / 2226 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Avalanche Gulch
    Trailhead:Bunny Flat Trailhead  6860 ft / 2090 m
    Grade/Class:Grade 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, White-out
90+ F on lower slopes...extreemly windy with snow at summit! Extreem weather changes!



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