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Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2015-05-17

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Others in Party:Will S.
Ricardo B.
Date:Sunday, May 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Three of us safely and successfully climbed ava gulch this past weekend with an overnight at Helen Lake. It was each of our first time on Shasta, and we had a blast! Route/snow conditions were fantastic. We got 2-4 inches of snow from Sat night through Sun morning but nothing too bad.

No crampons needed until Helen Lake. Red Banks eastern chute was manageable; I'd say the northwest side of the summit slope near the fumaroles was the diciest part of the route. Other than that, conditions were prime.

After a lazy, late start on Saturday morning, we left Bunny Flat around 1030am and arrived at Helen Lake by 2pm to maybe 8 tents. By evening, that number had swelled to 30 tents.

Most groups headed up between 3am-4am early Sunday morning, summiting in 5-7hr. We left Helen Lake around 4am and topped out by 9am - below the 6hr average, even though our pace was deliberately slow.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7222 ft / 2201 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Route:Avalanche Gulch
    Trailhead:Bunny Flat  6940 ft / 2115 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Bergeron
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