climbing Mt Shasta, California

Friends tell me this is the best climb in CA. May – July.

larger version – flickr – Darcy McCarty

And that it’s quite doable for a non-mountaineer.

The The Mozmonkey Blog is planning for summer 2009, as well:

… Typically the climb and decent will take two days, although, some people do it in one.

Day 1 starts with a 4 – 6 hour hike from the parking lot up to Helen Lake (which is really just a glacier) where you setup base camp. The rest of the day is spent admiring the view, making food (yay, dehydrated meals!) and preparing your day pack for the next morning.

The summit ascent begins somewhere between 12 AM – 3 AM the next morning. You’ll want to start super early while the snow is still firm and solid and get to red banks before the sun starts making it soft and slushy.

When you reach the summit stop to enjoy the view, regain your energy and prepare for the best part of the journey — glissading down the mountain! This literally means you will sit on your butt in the groove created by the people before you and slide down the entire mountain; stopping briefly at base camp to collect the rest of your gear. Not to worry, you will have an ice axe with you as a safety device that will help you regulate your speed down the mountain.

So that’s it, 2 days to get to the top and and 3 – 4 hours down. …

Climbing Mount Shasta

more photos tagged Shasta on flickr

Sounds something like our climb of Mt Adams, Oregon last year.

4 Replies to “climbing Mt Shasta, California”

  1. I read about this in John Muir’s Sacred Summits. I really love his writings. One of my favorite stories is where everyone thinks he is dead during a storm, and then comes down and freaks everyone out.

  2. Just make sure you follow all the proper precautions. I live near Mount Shasta, and the main hike to its summit is in two of my hiking guidebooks.

    People get hurt climbing Shasta every year, and we do have fatalities, including at least one in 2008.

  3. Thanks for posting an excerpt from my blog. I just wrote a follow up post which outlines some important things I learned in my last two attempts in May 2009.

    John is right about the mountain being dangerous. The first trip was pretty difficult, with high winds, low visibility and falling rocks. The new post outlines all of that and some of the issues with improper training.


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