Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2012-08-05
|Others in Party:||Will Cox-successful|
|Date:||Sunday, August 5, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Carpool|
| Elevation:||14162 ft / 4316 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA tale of weather extremes...left Bunny Flat Trailhead to Horse Camp to fetch water in clear skys and light breeze with temp. In the low 90's. Past Horse camp we continued up to Helen Lake where it continued to be hot. I confess, I was not having a great day in the mountain as I never do in such heat. Pitched camp and ate a small meal and filled water bottle for a 12 midnight start. Winds increased to gale force overnight and so waited until it calmed around 2am. The traail up was long and dark with a strange beauty only found in the high mountains. I hit the summit just after sunrise, however it was freezing cold and storm clouds gathered rather quickly. Then the snow came and a short period of White Out followed. The descent went well, we broke camp at Helen Lake and was back to Bunny Flat by 1130 after a short layover for rest and water at Horse Camp.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||7302 ft / 2226 m|
| Distance:||11 mi / 17.7 km|
| Route:||Avalanche Gulch|
| Trailhead:||Bunny Flat Trailhead 6860 ft / 2090 m|
| Grade/Class:||Grade 1|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp|
| Nights Spent:||1 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, White-out|
90+ F on lower slopes...extreemly windy with snow at summit! Extreem weather changes!
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