Ascent to Mount Shasta-13,229 on 2011-09-05

Climber: Brendon Chapman

Others in Party:Will Cox-Summit
Craig Cox-12
Date:Monday, September 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Point Reached:Mount Shasta - 13,229
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sunday-started at Clear Creek Trailhead (6480ft) to set up Basecamp at 8663ft.Took short hikes to springs and up to the top of first ridge.

Monday-started up trail solo at 0545hrs made very quick time, felt really good. Stopped for short break to put on crampons and drink at snowfield at 10,459 ft and again to remove them at 11,078ft. Move to Grey band of talus to stay off trail of scree field. Had tough time finding a route up Misery Hill cliffs and made it to 13,229 ft before turning back due to hypoxia (dizziness). Although the summit was not obtained, I deemed this trip a monumental success. The only two others I saw on the mountain the whole day were the two others in my party that came up an hour or so after I did.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7682 ft / 2341 m
    Route:Clear Creek Route
    Trailhead:Clear Creek Trailhead  6480 ft / 1975 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear

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