Album: Mount Shasta - Avalanche Gulch
- Outdoor Adventures
- A dayclimb up Mount Shasta
- Album Date
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Starting out at the Bunny Flat Trailhead - 12:13am
Though it can't really be seen, this is the Sierra Club hut at Horse Camp (I think). It was really dark! There was no moon!
First light on the way up to the Red Banks. 5:24am.
Climbing into blowing clouds. Starting to get very windy.
Finally! At the top of the ridge (near Thumb Rock) there was some shelter behind the rock outcroppings. The wind was rather extreme at this point and it was quite cold. Frost started forming up on my pack.
Several other climbers had already made it to the ridge and were waiting for conditions to improve.
Thumb Rock - Barely visible in the blowing clouds.
More climbers arriving at the ridge and seeking protection from the intense wind.
Cloud layer begins to thin out. Thumb Rock is now more visible.
Finally. Clouds begin to blow off and the summit comes into view.
Looking down at the city of Mount Shasta and Siskiyou Lake. The Castle Crags are visible to the left.
Nice shot of the sun above a frost covered rock outcropping.
Misery Hill. Looks insignificant, but there's a reason it's named what it is.
Interesting shot of hoarfrost that formed on the rocks.
Looking down the East side of Mount Shasta from the summit
Summit of Mount Shasta (right) with Mount Lassen in the distance
This can't be Mount Hood 275 miles away can it? Perhaps its Mt. McLoughlin.
Heading back down Misery Hill - more climbers are on their way up
At the top of the Red Banks (near Thumb Rock) the Konwakiton Glacier pulls away from the rock forming crevasses. These were mostly covered by snow, but occaisionally you would see an opening in the snow where you could look down into the crevasse. I almost stepped into this one on my way up.
Looking down Avalanche Gulch from below the Red Banks
More climbers on their way up through the Red Banks