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This will be 4th annual trek to Mt. Shasta and my second time posting this event. . Majestic and solitary, Mt Shasta is the undisputed monarch of No.Calif. Its the 2nd highest peak, in the Cascade mountain range. That title goes to Mt Rainier.
The Plan. Lets meet at Bunny Flat TH ( elev 6950 ft ) on Saturday morning, 0830, Go over some info. From there we ascend via Avalanche Gulch, to base camp at Helen lake, perched at 10,400 ft. Upon arriving at Helen lake, we will set up camp. It will be crowded. After setting up camp, we will melt snow and more snow, eat dinner then hit the hay early, as we will be getting an alpine start, on Sunday 0200. Have everything ready to go, the night before. On Sunday morning we head up Avalanche Gulch. This is the most popular route to the peak. We will take several short breaks, as we ascend. Keep hydrated and nourished, as this is a demanding trek. Upon arriving on the summit of Mt. Shasta ( elev. 14,179 ft ) , we will eat, sign the register, take pictures and then head back down. After arriving back at camp, you can either stay another night or head down. That will be your call. It should be noted, that there are no guarantees, that we summit. Our goal is to summit. However, things do happen.
Avalanche Gulch, isn't technical by mountaineering standards. However, you do need to have crampons, ice axe and helmets. And have the training on how to use these implements of mountaineering. Like how to self arrest, using an ice axe. There is also a good possibility, we will be glissading. Again, self arrest will be needed. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE OR INSTRUCTOR, I WILL NOT TEACH YOU, Im a fellow trekker, who is just organizing this event. Also, if you have to ask about what kind of gear is needed or you don't have the basic mountaineering skills needed for this trip, then this isn't for you. Please do not show up with just the, ambiguous southern Calif crampons, aka, micro spikes. They are dangerous and you will not be allowed. I keep the number of participants down, this is for safety reasons. We will stay together as a team, for the camaraderie and safety. If your conditioned and have the training and would like to join. Answer the RSVP questions that pop up. If I'm comfortable in your ability, I'll add you. Also, if you would like to attend, you should start serious training. Avalanche Gulch, is not an easy climb.
Clothing: Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom. Insulating, Weather resident mid layer, top and bottom. Wind and Waterproof hard shell layer, top and bottom. Parka, insulated, wool or synthetic. 2 pair of wool socks. Gloves, one pair must be wind and waterproof. Gaiters. Toque or balaclava or buff. Ball cap or wide brim hat.
Equipment: 4 season tent. Backpack, ( big enough for all your gear ). Cookset. Sleeping bag, Winter rated, with water proof bag. 2 Sleeping pads, ( one insulated, one inflatable). 2-3 Nalgene liter bottles.*** NO BLADDER ***. Headlamp with fresh batteries. Map and compass. Sunscreen, lip balm. Small personal first aid kit. Trekking poles, with snow baskets. Camera ( opt). * Mountaineering boots, ( waterproof).* Helmet. * 10-12 point crampons, fitted to your boot. * ice axe. Shovel, ( small avalanche type ) at least 3 for the team, I have one. Extra large garbage bags. * Glacier glasses. Goggles , WagBag. Everything we pack in, we pack out. Leave No Trace. Other items I may have forgot.
No plus 1s. No Dogs. Permits and wag bags are available at the TH.
You will need a permit to Backpack on Mt. Shasta, this is your responsibility. Lodging is also your responsibility, I'm posting this event, early enough so you can reserve a room. This is the weekend, before Memorial Day. However, it will be crowded. The above address, is just a reference point, we will meet at the TH. AGAIN FOLKS, THERE ARE NO GURANTEES, THAT YOU/WE SUMMIT. If weather is not conducive to safe climbing, I’ll postpone this, to the following weekend
****************** WAIVER *****************
All mountaineering treks of this nature, require your attention to detail. Incidents do occure, injury and death do happen. If your uncomfortable with this waiver, then this isn't for you. Im not responsible for you. SAFTEY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, RESCUE IS NOT GUARANTEE