Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2017-06-03

Climber: Susan Shih

Others in Party:Rena C
Sharon C
Drew E
Date:Saturday, June 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Elevation:14162 ft / 4316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rena, Drew and I met at Sharon's house in Tacoma and loaded our gear in her truck that Thursday at 7:30am. Lots of rain that morning so glad to get out of town. Ten hour drive with lunch and pit stops to Weed, CA where we had rooms at the Motel 6. Dinner out, stop at the local Grocery Outlet store and then back at the hotel. On our way the next morning at 7:45am. Hit the trail around 9am and at Lake Helen about 4 hours later. Glad we left fairly early as the snow was still firm enough for easy track following. Spent much time melting snow for alpine start and checking out neighbors. One skiing group brought up a large metal b-cue which we found at the sign in hut next day. They must have left it for future groups although can't imagine anyone else wanting to lug it up. Very warm and light breeze. Saw many skiers and snowboarders descending all day. Know Sharon would have loved skiing down.
Not much sleep that night. Up at 1am although I hardly slept anyways and departed not much past 2am. Already many groups heading up towards Red Banks, including a Mountaineers group of 10 led by Hadi. Half way to the saddle, we see Hadi heading down alone. He is not feeling well, but has allowed his group to continue. He has told his group to let us know if any problems since Rena and Sharon are climb leaders. Hope there are no problems. It seems like it takes forever to reach the Red Bank saddle. Climbing in the dark is so boring, I really dislike it. Fortunately the snow is great for cramponing and we finally make it up there about 3hrs later. Take a rest and then up Misery Hill to the summit. There is supposed to be 30 mph winds, but don't think it ever got that strong although in certain areas it was definitely felt more. After 6 hours, certainly no speed record, but just fine at this altitude, we make the summit. The sun comes out and we stay for some photos and head down. All the skiers and snowboarders are heading up now. They want the snow to get softer so delayed their departure from camp. Many reach camp around the same time we do. Once they're on their way down, it takes them less than half the time to get back down. That's when I really envy them. Back at camp around 11:15am. Take a rest and pack up and depart around 11:45am. Back at the TH 2 hours later. We stop in Ashland for dinner and I continue to drive to Eugene and then Sharon drives back to Tacoma. I walk in the door around 1:30am. Great, efficient weekend.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Avalanche Gully
Descent Statistics

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