Driving through the valleyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.can you say record heat-wave?
Our first good look at the beast. (sorry about the bug spotsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I woulda leaned out the window but I was fearful of getting third degree burns)
[rant] We stopped at the McCloud Ranger station for permits and summit passes only to find a note saying to acquire summit passes and shit-kits at the Brewer and Clear Creek trailheads. Only problem was the Brewer Creek trailhead is still blocked due to snow. You'd think these items would be readily available at the Ranger Stations (even after hours) considering how many people climb this mountain annually (15,000). I guess next time we'll know. [/rant]
Mt. Shasta 14,162 feetÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I wonder if my soft snowboard boots will work?
We had to park the car a few miles from the trailhead proper due to snow and continued on foot. The road switchbacks a few times and you can just take a direct line cross country through the woods towards the obvious route. It wasn't too bad but I'm sure starting from the trailhead is much easier. The road was just patchy and with this heat I'm sure it will be open soon. Go get some!
mmcpheet heading for the treeline.
A couple miles in and mmcpheet decides to practice the ancient art of organic acupuncture.
This should put us in decent striking distance for such a quick trip.
We melted some snow, organized our gear, and had some dinner (ramen).
mmcpheet gets some last minute inspiration and stoke from one of trackhead's recent videos on my new Father's Day present, SanDisk MP3/Video Sansa e200 (product placement #3)
I got to bed around 10:50pm and had one of my worst nights sleep in a long time (probably since my first ever snow camping trip when I forgot my sleeping pad). I took too warm of a sleeping bag (15degree) and was just way too hot. If I opened the bag I was exposed for the hungry mosquitoes. Now we know why they make the bug net for the Beta Light. I lived with being too hot in my bag and only had a tiny opening for my nose and mouth to breath. A few seconds laterÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.sure enoughÃ¢â‚¬Â¦bzzzzzzzzzzÃ¢â‚¬Â¦bzzzzzzzzzÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Mr. Mosquitoe was landing on my nose. This went on for an hour and a half or so before I finally fell asleep. A few hours later and it was time to wake up. Sweet!
It actually wasn't too bad and was officially my earliest start. We woke at 3:30am and left camp just after 4am.
We made good time in skin mode and ran into Sierra bc legend Ã¢â‚¬Å“EdÃ¢â‚¬Â
Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm Posts: 1606 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Sweet guys. bcr, glad you finally got to meet two quirky backcountry icons - Shasta and Ed! Shasta has Lemurians, and Ed is... well, Ed. Shasta is a pretty amazing place, and has the best late-season riding around. Seems like everything is bigger there... including the mosquitos.
Nice! I was hoping there would be at least one more epic TR on the way this season...
6 hours ?!?!? You guys are animals. It took me 10 hours to go up avalanche gulch earlier this May and I don't remember stopping to rest that much. Actually, I don't remember much of anything except for anguish on the ascent... But that long ride down made up for a lot of pain.