Ascent of Mount Shasta in 2003-07

Climber: David Buhl

Others in Party:Patrick Barfield
Date:July, 2003
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Elevation:13200 ft / 4023 m

Ascent Trip Report

We stated out around 2:00 am with cold temperatures and clear skys. The goal was to summit and watch the sun rise. Once we reached Lake Helen the wind was steady at around 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. When we reached 13,000 ft.+, low clouds rushed up the mountian in spectacular fasion, bringing 60-70 mph gusts and snow and ice. After pressing on for a few more minutes, it bacame clear that we weren't prepaired for these kinds of windchills and we had to turn back.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6340 ft / 1933 m
    Route:Avalanche Gulch
    Trailhead:Bunny Flat Trailhead  6860 ft / 2090 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds

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