Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2015-05-24

Climber: Caleb Morris

Others in Party:Troy Baker
Date:Sunday, May 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Perfect snow conditions, beautiful clear skies, great morning hike up the standard avalanche gulch route with a 3am start from the lake. Nice and cold up on the summit plateau, a welcome change from the 80 degree temps at Helen Lake the previous afternoon. Being Memorial Day weekend the camp was packed with dozens of tents, there had to have been 200+ people on the route this Sunday.

This is a mountain that's fascinated me since early childhood so I'm thrilled to have experienced the climb. Got a chuckle out of people accidentally dropping gear while climbing up to the red banks and watching it go sliding down the gulley right on past camp at Helen Lake and down into Avalanche Gulch below.
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Looking towards the Red Banks at sunrise (2015-05-24). Photo by Caleb Morris.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7200 ft / 2194 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Amazing, a little too warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7200 ft / 2194 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Bunny  6962 ft / 2122 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km

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