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Mt Shasta Clear Creek, a-day-hike - taking advantage of OK weather

  • Oct 5, 2013 · 6:00 AM

It’s time to give everyone another chance to get to the top of Mt Shasta, the second tallest volcano in the Cascades range in contiguous US. No real climbing experience necessary. Yes, we will approach not technical or as some say the least technical  route (Grade I). But don’t underestimate the challenge; it’s still over 14,000 foot mountain on which the weather may change rapidly and put inexperienced climbers and hikers in trouble.

However, at this point the slopes of the mountain may be covered with fresh snow which may require crampons and/or ice axe for a safe climb, especially on the higher and steeper elevation. Remember, descending steeper slopes is always more dangerous than ascending them. (That’s one of the reasons most accidents happen on the way down.) So make sure you would not get a summit fever and always asses your ability and the route feasibility to return safely.

The picture of Mt Shasta below was taken over a month ago.



























As a bonus we might do a short hiking in the nearby forest across the highway 89, about 4 miles round trip with only 300 feet elevation gain, along McCloud River and explore three waterfalls. (There are picnic tables near each waterfall.)

ROUTE:

Mt Shasta Clear Creek Trail
Clear Creek
(Aproximately 5 miles and 7600 feet elevation gain one way)
Mt Shasta weather forecast (Elev. 12366 ft)
Pictures from our last trip to (Mt McLoughlin)and Mt Shasta via Clear Creek
$20 climbing permit per person or annual pass required; can be obtained at the TH (self registration) or at the Ranger Station in McCloud and Mt Shasta towns.

McCloud River’s Three Waterfalls
McCloud Falls: A Three Tier Waterfall

Current and from a last few days pics of Mt Shasta:
Snow Crest webcam
 
- Call[masked] for the daily conditions report 7 days a week (prerecorded message), 9am to 5pm PST.
- or The Fifth Season store at[masked]O, open Monday thru Friday from 9 - 6, Saturday from 8 - 6, and Sunday 10 - 5.

ITINERARY:
Friday:
- Drive to Mt Shasta Clear Creek TH (no 4x4 or high-clearance car necessary).
Saturday:
- Start hiking/climbing at around 6am (or whatever time anyone prefers).
- Have a group dinner at the TH after return.
Sunday:
- A short easy hike along McCloud River.
- Drive back home.

As usually we will stay overnight at the TH (free, undeveloped, with a pit toilette but no water); unless, someone prefers otherwise.

Recommended experience for the summit:
Exposure to high altitude (14,000feet)
Long hikes
Scrambling
Stamina

Recommended Gear:
Helmet
Ice axe & Crampons if new snow present
Good hiking/backpacking shoes
Tracking/ski poles

Group Dinner:

Bring some food, snacks and (cold) drinks to share with your teammates
Perhaps some music?
Let’s have fun and talk about our experiences and future trips

Carpool List Link (to be added later)

By attending the trip you agree to be video and voice recorded which may be used in a trip video and consent to publish these recorded images and sound on Internet.

Samples of previous trip videos:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFF0EEC9842B2135E

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  • Marco

    Here is the video from Mt Shasta Clear Creek trip on 5th of October, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaXAoGs6yB4

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Guomin

    it was my first mountaineering trip and yeah it was such a beautiful climbing experience. Thank you all for sharing with me your water, gloves, socks, sun glasses...
    Marco - thanks for the opportunity to climb with you. You are an amazing group leader.
    Reiko - you are such a beautiful person inside out. I truly appreciate your company and your help all along.
    Alex - I still have your water bottle
    Suresh - thanks for lending your gloves
    It was very nice meeting all of you and hope to climb with you again soon.
    Cheers.

    2 · October 7, 2013

    • Guomin

      Sounds good!!!

      October 9, 2013

  • Marco

    I would like to thank everyone for participation and a great teamwork. It does not matter that not everyone summited. The whole experience and the fact we all returned intact is the most important; that’s a goal of my every mountaineering trip.

    The conditions were not easy; the last part with new snow coverage was dangerous for inexperienced climbers, which worried me. Just for comparison, this trip took me the same amount of time as two summits together over the previous trip. You all should be proud of your achievement. At the turnaround time the only way of reaching the summit was by getting a “summit fever”. I’m so glad that the three climbers (Reiko, Guomin, and Shuresh) who were just below us did not get that fever (Thanks Reiko). At that point Alex was the only candidate for the summit but suddenly Martin appeared almost from nowhere and got to the top too. Congratulations to all!

    (The descent was a misery but after successful return we still celebrated our achievement.)

    3 · October 7, 2013

    • Reiko

      Yeah! Really impressed with you guys! Congrats on the summit, it's really great to see the pictuers. :-) Yes, Alex was definitely the star of the trip. I think everyone on the trip had accomplished great endeavors and was great to hear what people had been upto.

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • Reiko

      I can give a trip summary that people can add to.. Because I didn't keep track of time and altitude and mileage. I'm sort new to this, had started hiking/climbing this year (lots to improve), but I love talking about this shit.

      We started hiking around 6:30am when it was still dark and reached a stream around 8000 or 9000 ft? (7:30am) That's the only water source without snow. Snow and crampons/ice axe started around 10,000 ft? Maybe a little below that? From that point until 13'000ft where a lot of us turned around (3pm) was a steep climb that didn't have a resting level rock or ground. That was a good 4 -5 hours or so in crampons and ice axe and constant forward movement. I had carried 2 liters to the stream, but I think I only needed 1 liter. From the stream I carried 3 liters, and was just about empty when we returned to the stream on the way down. You're supposed to drink much much more water. I think it is Imperative to get a full night's sleep and to acclimate.

      2 · October 7, 2013

  • Srini

    Thanks Marek! Was a wonderful hike. I turned back at 12000, but had so much fun! Also, thanks for teaching me to use the axe, it saved me more than once :)

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Jayson Y.

    hey guys..I plan to make the climb next weekend with a few buddies. any beta you can supply would be GREATLY appreciated. crampons/axe/helmet necessary? how was the snow cover? how cold? what time would you suggest to leave camp and start climbing? is the trail easy to follow or does it require route finding? thanks!

    October 6, 2013

  • Peter B.

    Marek,
    I would love to attempt the climb next weekend since I missed out in August, assuming that the weather hold through the week. But I don't have any ice gear or experience on ice. How was it yesterday. Did you need crampons, etc.? Peter

    October 6, 2013

  • Reiko

    Wow! What another great climb, thanks Marek for organizing. Me, guomin, and shuresh turned back around 13000 and got back to th around 9 pm? Seems like the ones that summitted got back much later. Can't wait to see the video.

    2 · October 6, 2013

    • Marco

      Smart decision Reiko. I new I could count on you. We came back to the TH 12:40 very tired.

      3 · October 6, 2013

  • Marco

    We just passing Redding ..

    2 · October 4, 2013

    • Naman G.

      We are about to hit I5 from 505.

      October 4, 2013

  • Douglas

    I have an extra seat in my car... Any takers?

    October 4, 2013

    • Reiko

      Douglas, me and Guomin are leaving Oakland around 6pm and leaving tomorrow evening after the hike.. would this work with you? Reiko [masked]

      October 4, 2013

  • Tai

    Have fun and good luck! Your trip this weekend should give us an idea of what to expect for the following week there.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Chowmix

    Is Shasta not impacted by the fed govt shutdown? http://www.fs.usda.gov/stnf/

    October 3, 2013

    • Marco

      Why the people should be penalized for someone else’s failure; or should they?

      October 4, 2013

    • Reiko

      I know.... I don't like the sound of this... I don't want to be escorted down the mountain or spend 5 hours driving to find road closures and barricades... but Marek, I think all the rangers know you right? So maybe you can get us a vip pass?

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • Guomin

    Hi Marco, unfortunately doesnot work out this time. Have a great time climbing Mt Shasta!

    October 4, 2013

    • Reiko

      looks like Guomin's back!

      October 4, 2013

  • Jayson Y.

    rsvp is a maybe if i can find a ride from oakland...?

    October 4, 2013

    • Jayson Y.

      Hi Reiko....this may be way too last minute for me, haha thanks for the offer tho...

      October 4, 2013

    • Reiko

      okay!

      October 4, 2013

  • Suresh

    Any carpools leaving south bay? I am at Milpitas and can pickup 2 of them, if I drive. Can leave anytime after 3PM.

    October 3, 2013

    • Naman G.

      @Guomin: We are leaving from Menlo Park at 3pm. You can join us, if you need a ride. Let me know. I'll message you the address (There is parking there).

      October 4, 2013

    • Guomin

      Hey Naman, thanks for getting back. I don't drive at this point, so getting to your place is a bit of a stretch. Thanks again!

      October 4, 2013

  • Marco

    Is anyone who still has no ride? Just checking.

    October 3, 2013

    • Naman G.

      I'm riding with Srini. We are planning to leave by 3pm Friday from Menlo Park, so I guess we should reach by 9pm.

      October 3, 2013

    • Naman G.

      I synced up Suresh. He is riding with us.

      October 4, 2013

  • Douglas

    Is anyone camping Friday night near Shasta? I was thinking that maybe a possibility.....

    October 3, 2013

  • Reiko

    Well, I'd have to leave Bay Area around 6 pm so get to the the at 11pm? See you guys at the th!

    October 3, 2013

    • Guomin

      Hey Reiko, can I carpool with you if you are going to drive? I am not sure if I can get away, will have a better idea tomorrow morning. Send me a text about your plan please! [masked]

      October 3, 2013

  • Guomin

    I RSVP yes for now. All depend if I can find carpool!

    October 3, 2013

    • Guomin

      Hi hi Alex, yes I will need a ride. What time are you heading out?

      October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tried to get off work, but it was a no go. Have fun!

    October 3, 2013

    • Marco

      Perhaps next time then.

      1 · October 3, 2013

  • Marco

    I need a ride too. I live in SF near the 280 exit and 19th Ave. I can leave at any time but prefer sooner than later due to proper acclimatization. Anyone could pick me up?

    October 3, 2013

    • Reiko

      It would be funny Marek if we all showed up without you at the th... glad the ride worked out for you!

      1 · October 3, 2013

    • Marco

      Reiko it’ll be nice to climb Shasta with you again.

      Thanks Alex for a quick response with the ride.

      October 3, 2013

  • Suresh

    Any carpools leaving from south or east bay? Thanks.

    October 3, 2013

  • Martin

    I assume people are driving up tomorrow. I would need a ride and to arrange renting or borrowing a helmet, crampons and ice ax, so I would like to go, but it may be too short notice.

    October 3, 2013

    • Martin

      If there is carpool space available (I live in SF in the Inner Richmond district) for a ride that is leaving tomorrow and able to go to the Fifth Season for rentals, then I would like to join. I'll hold off adding my name to the RSVP list until this looks possible, however, which I guess would have to happen within the next few hours.

      October 3, 2013

    • Martin

      Thank you

      October 3, 2013

  • Naman G.

    I have never been to the TH. So I don't know where exactly are we meeting. Also are we camping at the TH or sleeping in the car.

    October 3, 2013

  • Reiko

    I'm interested in carpool option as well.. Looks like I will be heading back to the bay area Sat evening and live in Oaktown

    October 3, 2013

  • Srini

    Im a little bit concerned about the altitude. Ive never hiked so high and I hear stuff about it being difficult to breathe and think etc. Is this a major concern?

    October 3, 2013

    • Marco

      “…being difficult to breathe and think etc. Is this a major concern?” Not here but… You may get altitude symptoms if you are not properly acclimatized (which may be the case). If you ignore the symptoms and push up or stay high in the mountains (instead of immediately descending), you may get seriously sick or even develop HACE/HAPE or even die Always listen to your body and observe each other for any symptoms.

      You must be in a good shape to be able to hike up 1,000 f/h to complete the rote in a day. That’s the major concern. A great and prolonged exhaustion may definitely contribute to serious HAS.

      October 3, 2013

  • Marco

    Due to a very short notice this trip may be canceled if only a few persons sign in or we would not be able to organize carpooling successfully.

    October 3, 2013

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