Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2021-05-17

Climber: Rick Teudt

Date:Monday, May 17, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Extremely low snow year made Avalanche Gulch unattractive so we took the Clear Creek route. Short approach to camp at 8.5k ft is really nice. A lot of sandy campsites available with running water nearby. Climb from camp is a scree slog - not very pleasant. Scramble section above UFO/Mushroom Rock is kind of like Aasgard Pass on the way to the Enchantments in WA. Steep and loose, slow up and down but not difficult. Summit plateau still covered in snow/ice, but a nice boot path led to the summit block so crampons were not needed. There were no glissade opportunities so descent took longer than expected. At least camp to TH was quick and easy.
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Mt Shasta summit from camp at ~8,400 ft on Clear Creek route. No much snow for mid-May. Clear Creek route was plan B because very little snow was left on Avalanche Gulch route (2021-05-16). Photo by Rick Teudt.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7700 ft / 2346 m
    Total Elevation Loss:7700 ft / 2346 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Clear and cold during ascent, cloudy during descent
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7700 ft / 2346 m
    Loss on way in:7700 ft / 2346 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Clear Creek
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rick Teudt
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