Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2010-07-11

Climber: Patrick Kirchmann

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first successful summit of Mt Shasta - that mystical peak that captured me the first time I saw it in 2008. In fact, it was one of my reasons to move to CA. 2010 had a good deal of snow and the Clear Creek route opened only in early July (I tried once before in June but got my Jeep badly stuck in an old snow drift and spend my time and energy digging it out - I guess that is another story though). I hiked to the base camp and bivouaced. Since the weather was very stable I started climbing around 9am and summited around 5pm. Presumably, I was the last party on the peak and could enjoy solitude and soft colors of the late sun. The log book revealed that about 150 people summited that day and I was happy to have been alone. The way down was quick and part of it I glissaded down. I was too beat up to continue further than my bivouac and stayed another night looking at the gorgeous night sky. This was an unforgettable trip and the beginning of long love story. I promised myself to come back every year.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7752 ft / 2363 m
    Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Route:Clear Creek
    Trailhead:Clear Creek trail head  6410 ft / 1953 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Bivouac
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Days 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Kirchmann
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