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Ascent of Mount Shasta on 2017-09-02

Climber: Amy Huang

Others in Party:Artem
Date:Saturday, September 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Shasta
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11500 ft / 3505 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were planning on doing the hike in one day as Artem had done Shasta 3 times previously (2x in 2 days, 1x in 1 day). This was my first experience with Shasta and so I did voice my concerns, however, he was adamant that he did not want to do it in 2 days and "carry heavy things" to Lake Helen.

So we started at 3:30AM at Bunny Flat. Artem was a difficult partner to be with as he acted like he was trying to make a world record and go as fast as possible. While there is nothing wrong with that, he shouldn't have thought that I could keep up given that I was not familiar with the terrain. I found that using crampons was easy, but the snow was very soft and Artem had to break trail as we were going off-season and there were not many tracks from others.

We got close to the red taps and by then, I had to admit that I didn't have much energy left. We worked on down climbing by sliding on our heels down Avalanche Gulch and doing some glissading (without crampons). I know that Artem was impatient that I was slow, however, I couldn't help it given my condition. I was glad that I brought 4 liters of water as I drank it all.

I learned not to underestimate Shasta and that I need to train hard for my next big upcoming trip in December. Although it would have been nice to have summited, I"m glad that we turned around at noon because we realized that we would not make Shasta in time to make it down safely (as it would probably be dark by then).
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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