Mountaineering Technical Training Clinic / Mt. Shasta Winter Climb

  • March 9, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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This is a two segment event, Training and climbing

                         Mountaineering Clinic March 9-10

Would you like to learn SAFE mountaineering techniques from one of the masters. Here is a chance, Robert Link will conduct several sessions of mountaineering clinics out doors in the real world of mountains.

Classes will be conducted in the back country of Mount Shasta, for those who are interested they can winter (snow) camp on location.

Please contact Robert directly for complete details:

Phone:[masked]

[masked]

www.mountain-link.com

                                 Mt. Shasta Climb March 10-11

I require avalanche transceiver, probe and snow shovel if you do not have them they can be rented in Shasta.

This is a winter climb and conditions could be very cold, windy and blusrty. Please attend this climb only if you are experienced in winter climbing.

The plan is to leave Bunny Flat Trailhead at 5:pm Sunday and camp on the mountain at about 9:pm, wake up call 2:00am Monday start climb at 3:00am summit 9:00-10:00am, arrive Bunny Flat 2:00-3:00pm, go for food and libations and sharing our experience then head back 10:00-11:00pm

If we do not get any participation till then the route will be Avalanche Gulch and the camp will be at Lake Helen. In case of new snow the route will be Casaval Ridge or TBD after consulting with the rangers.

I expect everyone to be of fit condition, do not complain if it is cold, rain, snow or windy. Respect your fellow climbers. Leave your ego at home. Always keep in visual or audio contact distance. Always be there to assist your fellow climber if needed. The last but not the least be prepared to abort the climb if conditions are not safe. And as always: THIS IS NOT A SUMMIT AT ALL COSTS.

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  • theguy

    Hameed, thanks for organizing, and Robert, thanks for teaching.

    Good materials oriented more towards larger teams on bigger mountains. Also valuable information and practice for those of us who travel in small parties, most notably that it's a bad idea if you combine that with glaciers :)

    Particularly liked second day when we spent more time away from camp learning and practicing techniques.

    Group of attendees was sympatico as well, which makes a huge difference for any event.

    And fantastic snowboarding, which I value even more highly now that I hear it's going to be 60 degrees at Tahoe this weekend. Hope Whitney is awesome for those of you who go.

    March 13, 2013

  • Richard

    Thanks, guys, for a great clinic, each and every one of you made it memorable. Hameed, you are THE MAN for putting this together! Looking forward to climbing with you all......cheers - Richard

    March 12, 2013

  • Slava G.

    Totally second previous comments. It was a great experience. Thanks to Robert and all of you !

    March 12, 2013

  • Vitali

    We need more of those! Respect to Hameed for organizing this. This is the best meetup I've ever been so far.

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • Rico T.

      I agree, more please.

      March 12, 2013

  • Hameed

    I can say this was the most satisfying event I have hosted. Robert Link did a nice job on his clinic and the rest of the mountaineers were first class people. I wish I could do this every day. The climb did not take place due to heavy snow fall our of days earlier, but the hikes around camp were just as satisfying. I can depend o. Any of you to save me if needed. Climb On Safe

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Was the climbing conditions that bad to summit shasta. What route where you planning of taking?

      March 12, 2013

    • Rico T.

      I hope there will be more events with Robert Link in the future, I'm sure a lot of people will join when schedule allow ! I'm too busy working right now but in a month or two I think I'll most likely make it.

      March 12, 2013

  • Vitali

    I expected from this event a lot, but the result was event better than I expected. It was very well organized and contained a lot of useful information. Robert is a very experienced climber generously sharing his knowledge. Everything was right: the pace, the timing, the place.

    March 12, 2013

  • Mumtaz A. S.

    Great team! Robert Link is a legend and American Hero! It was an honor to meet him and be taught by him!

    March 12, 2013

  • Hameed

    I was going to give you the warninig on CHP and the sherif close to Shasta actually past Dunsmir. They have no mercy.

    March 8, 2013

  • theguy

    Friday night hotel recommendation? On one of the earlier Whitney events someone had recommended a hotel on way up, but can't find it for the life of me...

    March 8, 2013

    • theguy

      Thanks both

      March 8, 2013

    • Hameed

      Folks, come and camp with us. The tent holds up to sixty five people, well may be not that big, but it will accommodate us all and then some. Again please be. C

      March 8, 2013

  • Mumtaz A. S.

    Same here..clinic only...hotel tonight....Robert's email said training begins at 9:00am. Whitney next week!!!

    March 8, 2013

  • theguy

    I"ll be there for clinic only... late delivery on some gear...

    March 8, 2013

  • Richard

    I'm likely to spend tonight in a motel in Dunsmuir. So I will see you Saturday morning at the campground. until then - Richard (510)[masked]

    March 8, 2013

  • Hameed

    Those who are going to climb: I require beacon, probe and snow shovel.

    March 7, 2013

  • Hameed

    Direction to the clinic:
    The clinic will be held at Castle Lake Campground in Shasta back country. From I-5 north take exite 738 (Siskyous Lake) take left at the exit, go short distance take left at the stop sign(W.A.Barr Rd) from here you will see posted signs for Castle Lake, go a few hundred yards and stay right on the fork go about 2-3 miles just pass the Fox Canyon Dam you will see another sign for Castle Lake (left hand turn) take this road(Castle Lake Rd) up the mountain for 7-8 miles you will end up in a dead end (parking lot)you have arrived at Castle Lake Campgrounds. I or Robert will be greeting the coming parties. I can be reached at[masked]

    March 7, 2013

  • Hameed

    There is about 17" of fresh snow at Castle Lake. The road was plowed yesterday. So it is clear. Please bring snow shoes, it makes it a lot easier to walk around. Also a soft shell for wind cloud be nice. Bring warm clothing.

    March 7, 2013

  • Hameed

    People are leaving Friday afternoon. Ven and I will be leaving some times after 2:pm and get there about 8:pm. Robert should be there may be earlier. I confirm later.

    March 7, 2013

  • Hameed

    The clinic will be held at Castle Lake Campground in Shasta back country. From I-5 north take exite 738 (Siskyous Lake) take left at the exit, go short distance take left at the stop sign(W.A.Barr Rd) from here you will see posted signs for Castle Lake, go a few hundred yards and stay right on the fork go about 2-3 miles just pass the Fox Canyon Dam you will see another sign for Castle Lake (left hand turn) take this road(Castle Lake Rd) up the mountain for 7-8 miles you will end up in a dead end (parking lot)you have arrived at Castle Lake Campgrounds. I or Robert will be greeting the coming parties. Copy/past the following link,
    http://california.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,277052,n,castle%20lake%20campground.cfm

    March 4, 2013

    • Richard

      Hameed, are you / Robert going to be there Friday? I realize the clinic starts Saturday morning, but I'm wondering if people are planning on camping there Friday afternoon / evening. If you are going to be there Friday, do you have a sense on about what time?

      March 7, 2013

    • Mumtaz A. S.

      Hey Richard, you can call Robert. His last email communication was that he would be at castle lake sometime before 11:00pm on Friday night. But if I call him, he can give more definitive time. I am going to get a hotel and join everyone on Saturday morning thought.

      March 7, 2013

  • Rosemary G.

    Hi I'm new to mountaineering. Just signed up for my 1st trek to EBC later this year. Anyone in San Jose area who could offer guidance on how to best train; buy kit boots, clothes etc Tks

    March 6, 2013

    • Hameed

      I suggest you take Robert's course, he has been there and on top on several expeditions.

      March 6, 2013

    • Vitali

      The best preparation for the EBC trek is hiking Black Mountain weekly with a backpack you are going to carry there. The wait of your backpack depends on how much porter help you are going to get. The trekking itself is not technical. You don't need any rope/crampons/axe there. You need lite but durable Gore-Tex boots and a set of non-cotton layers covering 0-90 degree range.

      March 7, 2013

  • Richard

    I'm looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow at the Castle Lake Campground.

    In the unlikely event that there is a last minute change of plans, or for whatever reason, should you need to reach me I'll be at (510)[masked]

    Hameed, about what time will you / Robert be at the campground?

    cheers - Richard

    March 7, 2013

  • Suneel P.

    Unfortunately, I sprained my ankle and doctor advised to rest my leg for at least 3 weeks. I feel sorry to drop out at the last minute.

    March 6, 2013

  • Hameed

    Who is leaving from San Jose area?

    March 6, 2013

    • Ly H.

      I am but don't get off till 4:30pm.

      March 6, 2013

    • Vitali

      I am, but I most likely will start at 2:30 am on Saturday.

      March 6, 2013

  • Suneel P.

    Anyone interested in carpooling? I am leaving from Pleasanton and I will bring my car.

    February 26, 2013

    • Ly H.

      I am interested in carpooling, what time are you planning to leave?

      March 5, 2013

  • Peter M.

    I had an OLD 30F bag i've used it for years...it was COLD! The second night i had my down pants and jacket on with wool sweater and slept thru the night. Day time temp is balmy, think spring ski.

    You bring your own food and water for the entire time. Do NOT forget beer.

    You are expected to be sufficient on your own as always, bring extra to share with your community.

    Have fun!

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Hameed

      Thank you for your input on both posts. You are right on with the program as Robert says.

      March 4, 2013

  • Peter M.

    hello everyone, several of you have asked about similar questions about the clinic so i thought id post some answers here.

    The road to Castle Lake Parking lot is totally open and you can drive a regular car to it. Plenty of parking, no permit.

    Robert, Hameed and others who got there first set up a dome tent that they used at Mt. Everest base camp. We got there late and slept in there friday night. Setting up base, snow camp and building walls are part of the practice. Bring your own if you have tent or come learn what gear they use during their expeditions. I now know what to shop for.

    Our base was 200ft from parking lot so it was car camping. Bring your chairs, stoves, tables and whatever else makes it comfortable for you. This allows you to rest well and focus on the technical work.

    OR you can obviously pretend that it is a real expedition, backpack with your UL and tough it out. We had both kind in our group.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Richard

    I'll be attending the clinic March 9/10. I won't be able to join you on the summit climb, but will look forward to the next one.

    Anyone interested in carpooling? I live in Berkeley.

    cheers - Richard

    March 2, 2013

  • Ryan

    Darn - THis is exactly what I am looking for - Unfortunately I am busy that weekend. If there is another clinic soon I would love to go!

    March 2, 2013

  • Ly H.

    what is the differ between this clinic and the one in March 2-3?

    March 1, 2013

    • Hameed

      Different dates. Contents same

      March 1, 2013

  • Suneel P.

    I am interested only in the mountaineering clinic.

    February 25, 2013

    • Hameed

      That is great, I think there are many people who will just go for the clinic. Climbing is an option for me to practice what I learn.

      2 · February 25, 2013

    • Suneel P.

      I want to practice too as much as I can!

      February 26, 2013

  • mark

    Can you tell us a bit more about the clinic? Thanks!

    February 25, 2013

    • Hameed

      Mark, please call Robert, for details.

      February 25, 2013

  • Hameed

    My understanding is that he will start. With he basis and go more indepth. His contact info is on the meet up please contact him for with your questions. Thank you

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Christine

    Sorry, I'll be skiing! Have fun...

    February 25, 2013

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