|View from camp|
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Mt Shasta, California
Mileage - 12.92
AEG - 7,209ft
Climbing Mount Shasta has been on our radar for a couple years now, and all the pieces fell into place this weekend for Matt and I to make a one-day ascent to the summit. His trip to Mt Hood was cancelled once again, and I had planned on visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park on Saturday and Sunday, when he pitched the idea of doing Shasta at me and I said let's do it!
A great deal of planning went into making this trip possible, the complexity of the climb had us going over a number of scenarios these past couple weeks until our plan was finalized. Logistics, gear, permits, camping, mountain conditions and everything in between came together by Thursday, July 3rd when Matt arrived in Oakland. After breaking camp at Castle Crags, we drove into the city of Mt Shasta to check off the last few needed items at the Fifth Season before setting up shop at the Bunny Flat trailhead.
|Climbers entering Red Banks|
|Shadow of Shasta, an incredible sight at daybreak|
The work wasn't over yet because those who go up, must come down. Granted it was less physically taxing on the aerobic systems, the technical element of descending presented even more challenges. The snow field was tricky, and it wasn't until we hit softer snow that glissading down the mountain became possible. At 10:00am Matt and I were back at base camp eager to shed layers and put our hiking shoes back on for the last few miles to head out. Elevation quickly dropped and so did the miles. A quick break at Horse Camp allowed us to regroup, fill our empty bottles and mingle with those headed up the mountain. Reaching the trailhead was a total sigh of relief, and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment shared between the two us knowing what we had just put ourselves through. Another major trek is in the books and something we will certainly be talking about for years to come.
|Slow going up Red Banks|
|Mt Shastina and the Whitney Glacier below|
|Matt working his way up Misery Hill|
|Finally free of the crampons above 13,000 ft|
|Crossing the snow field to the peak|
|Boone and Matt at the summit of Mt Shasta - 14,179 ft|