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Also, as of May 12th, there was only a 14 mile approach to the Brewer Creek trailhead. So if things continue in this vein, it might be reasonable to expect a shorter ( x < 5 miles ) approach to a reasonable base camp for the Hotlum-Wintun.

I was looking in the Mount Shasta Book and the difficulty given for the West Face gully versus the Hotlum-Wintun Ridge was wildly divergent. The West Face kicks up to maybe 40 degrees, right? That doesn’t really strike me as ”extreme” especially after looking over a 50 degree bulge on Darwin! Anyways, my wife has started to bring up “that trip to Shasta” which, to the best of my knowledge, is a first (her pushing a ski trip) and I was thinking that a good long weekend might permit doing both. But that would be quite a long weekend — really, I think the term for that period of time is a ”week” 😉

Assuming for a moment that the Hotlum-Wintun becomes reasonably accessible by the beginning of June (or even Memorial Day weekend), and the West Face gully remains scoured above about 12000′ as in the report, what direction are people leaning in for route selection?

I guess if an elevator-shaft descent is called for, there’s always the Trinity Chutes… but I have no idea how one would get back towards either Hidden Valley or the vicinity of Brewer Creek base camp in that event. But anyone who wants to descend the chutes probably is not interested in group dynamics anyways.