Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2013-06-20

Climber: Kristin Winchell

Others in Party:Breast Cancer Fund climbers
Date:Thursday, June 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed with the annual Breast Cancer Fund Climb Against the Odds group led by Shasta Mountain Guides. We left from Bunny Flat and camped at Hidden Valley. We encountered bad weather on what was supposed to be our summit morning, so we pushed back our ascent by a day and set off at 12am thursday morning. We reached summit around 8:30 am. The ascent was extremely cold - my water and snacks froze. I started experiencing altitude sickness around ~12500 ft. and it got worse as we got higher. The worst / most technical part of the route we took was the top of the west face. After that point all you have to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other, but misery hill lives up to it's name and the snow flats just below summit are seemingly endless. The view from the top was worth it, nothing nearby comes anywhere close to the height of Shasta; just beautiful.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7262 ft / 2213 m
    Route:West Face
    Trailhead:Bunny Flat  6900 ft / 2103 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Porters, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Clear
Snowy and windy the first night cancelled our initial summit attempt, actual summit attempt was very
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:30 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:6 Hours 

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