Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2005-06-05

Climber: Brian Friedrich

Others in Party:Laura Friedrich
Date:Sunday, June 5, 2005
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Elevation:12200 ft / 3718 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the way back from San Francisco we decided to give Shasta a go; started in great weather, but somewhat breezy; established camp at Helen Lake with several other tents; by midnight, the winds were howling 50+mph, resulting in little sleep; we headed up the slopes in the early hours of the morning; steep and icy conditions; Laura was lifted off her feet a couple of times, as were some of the other smaller climbers on the route; twice, people higher up dropped things (full water bottle and ice axe) which came down the slope at very high speed; we turned back at 12,200ft as the snow began lightly and the cloud level dropped further; at camp we found 2 tents (larger North Face expedition tents) had snapped 1 or more poles; it took us 45 minutes to take down our tent - to prevent damage or having it fly away; the remainder of the hike back was uneventful; easy route in the right conditions
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5400 ft / 1646 m
    Route:Avalanche Gulch
    Trailhead:Sand Flat Trailhead  6800 ft / 2072 m
    Grade/Class:Snow Hike
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Overcast
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