Mt. Shasta Casaval Ridge. The best south side route on Shasta, with incredible views and an aesthetic line up a spiny ridge. Maximum 10 (experienced) climbers. RSVPs open Wednesday, March 27th at 8:00 pm.
See the video of last year's climb here.
How RSVPs work: Prospective members who have joined on Meetup but not yet paid for any membership may attend one event for free. Beyond this, you must be a current official SMG "MEMBER" to attend. All events open for RSVPs at 8:00pm on the Wednesday approximately three weeks prior. RSVPs are first-come first-served and are subject to event organizer review and final approval. All attendees must meet the pre-requisites. Prospective members will still need to sign the SMG Waiver / Assumption of Risk and provide emergency contact information to attend. Please provide the required information when you RSVP. Because this event occurs on public lands it is open to the public.
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Dates: Friday April 26 - Sunday April 27, 2012
Location: Mt. Shasta 14,162, Northern California
Route: Casaval Ridge
Appropriate For: Experienced snow climbers
SMG MEMBERS ONLY Resources:
Fitness and Difficulty Level: Difficult
Max Elevation: 14,100 ft
Starting Elevation: 7,000 ft
Weather: NOAA Forecast for Mt. Shasta
Pre-Requisites: Participants must meet all the following:
- Experience with winter conditions climbing and camping above 10,000 feet
- Prior summit of a 14,000 feet mountain on snow
- Experience climbing with an ice axe, crampons on exposed terrain
- Knowledge and/or experience with fixed lines and running belays
- Show up with the appropriate clothing, gear, and equipment (or if you are an official member, reserve loaner gear from the club).
- Attend as a prospective member or begin SMG membership, see links above.
Friday, April 26: Meetup early at the Walmart parking lot (near Starbucks) to arrange carpooling and drive north. Drive to the trail head and pickup our passes and permits. From the Bunny Flat trail head we'll spend the morning and afternoon snowshoeing or skinning up the ridge to a camp near 11,000 ft on Casaval Ridge. We will spend some time and energy digging in to protect ourselves from likelihood of high winds, review a game plan for tomorrow and enjoy an awesome view as the sun sets.
Saturday, April 27th: With a pre-dawn start, we'll leave our high camp intact and ascend the ridge, through the Catwalk and on to the upper slopes above the Whitney Glacier. The route involves some steep and exposed snow climbing. Each climber must be confident on this type of terrain. We'll have some technical gear and rope but likely will not use it. We will shoot to summit before noon. Our descent will be down the Avalanche Gulch route, with a traverse across the slopes above Helen Lake to regain our high camp.
If we are still in good shape, we can dismantle camp and drive all the way back to Sacramento. If not, we will enjoy another evening at our airy perch.
REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR
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- 2 pair wicking, breathable baselayers, top and bottom
- Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer, top and bottom
- Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
- Insulating fill jacket
- 2 pair socks, liners
- Mountaineering boots
- Lightweight liner gloves
- Waterproof gloves or mittens
- Glacier sunglasses
- Warm hat - the touque!
- Sun hat
- 40 - 60 liter pack. Leave some room for carrying group gear.
- Trekking poles with snow baskets
- Shelter, or share group shelter
- Minimum 15-degree sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad(s)
- Mug / bowl and spoon
- Water bottles or containers. Water bladders not recommended.
- Headlamp w/extra batteries
- Compass, GPS also recommended if available
- Camera, extra batteries
- Small knife
- Personal items, medications
- Emergency items - keep it small.
- Snow shovel if you have one
- Lightweight mountaineering harness
- Hard shell mountaineering helmet
- Mountain axe
- Crampons, fit to your boots
- 2 large locking carabiners
- Two 48” loop sewn runner slings or 9/16" webbing tied with a water knot
- Skis or snowshoes
Group items provided by SMG
- Technical climbing gear: ropes, protection for rock, ice and snow, assorted slings and cordage, locking carabiners
- First Aid kit
- Snow shovels
- Some tents
- Some stoves, pots
For questions or more information, please contact: Wayne Fry, SMG Event Organizer, from the email link on his profile.