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Ascent of Mount Shasta on 1999-07-03

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Greg Strauch
Date:Saturday, July 3, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Just one day before July the 4th, 1999, summitted on a clear, blue day. Extremely windy on the summit plateau. My friend and trusted climbing partner Greg organized this trip and got up to about 4000m with me before turning back; I continued to the top solo.
We chose the 2nd easiest route (can't remember what it's called) - very scenic, with steepening hard snow and a brief climbing section to scale the lip of the summit plateau. Crampons and ice axe were necessary for most of the ascent. I descended via the regular route, which was fun (some sliding down and glissading was involved) except that I had to backtrack and traverse over a rib in order to return to our base camp. Summit day was overall a very long day - I remember crashing out after my return and sleeping for a good 13, 14 hours. I also did it in a minimalistic style, with three cliff bars and one litre bottle of water...clearly not enough food or water. A great training climb for the Mexican volcanoes trip later that season.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5249 ft / 1600 m
    Elevation Loss:5249 ft / 1600 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Clear
clear, sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5249 ft / 1600 m
    Route:SW face
    Trailhead:8913 ft / 2716 m
    Time Up:1 Days 3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5249 ft / 1600 m
    Route:Regular route
    Trailhead:8913 ft / 2716 m
    Time Down:1 Days 2 Hours 



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