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Ascent of Mount Shasta on 1948-08-09

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Murray Brush
Date:Monday, August 9, 1948
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up to Horse Camp from Bunny Flat yesterday afternoon. Enjoyed the evening talking with others at the Sierra Club's Shasta Alpine Lodge. Turned in early with plans for a pre-dawn start. It was hard to break a comfortable sleep, but I was ready to go by 3:00AM, while Murray decided to sleep in a while longer. So off I went up Olberman's Causeway and along Avalanche Gulch, passing Helen Lake (10,400'), 1.8 miles from the lodge). Soon I hit snow as I headed steeply up to the saddle between Thumb Rock and the Red Banks. Then through the Red Banks to the ridge leading up Misery Hill. The route levels off as it crosses a snowfield and heads for the obvious short final approach to the left of the summit rocks, which are an easy scramble. The view was incredible--360 degrees--with great visibility. I lingered to enjoy these perfect conditions before starting down around 10:00A I passed Murray coming up just below Misery Hill. He completed his climb, while I had my best-ever glissade from the Red Banks down nearly to Lake Helen. to the end of the snow. An uneventful return to Horse Camp and Bunny Flat.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6262 ft / 1908 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6362 ft / 1939 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2-3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ideal, calm, sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6262 ft / 1908 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Avalanche Gulch, Helen Lake
    Start Trailhead:Horse Camp  7900 ft / 2407 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6362 ft / 1939 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Avalanche Gulch, Helen Lake
    End Trailhead:Horse Camp  7800 ft / 2377 m



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