Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:11 pm Posts: 125 Location: Los Angeles, CA
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.
Joined: Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:42 am Posts: 2372 Location: California
what direction are people leaning in for route selection?
I've got a trip planned for the first weekend in June and am leaning towards a base camp at either Horse Camp or Hidden Valley, depending on conditions. Assult route and decent will also depend on conditions but am leanding toward Casaval Ridge or Cascade Gultch. I'm no master trip planner though. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:56 pm Posts: 424 Location: Meyers, CA
A buddy and I climbed Shasta via Casaval and a delluded west face detour on Friday 5/12. Great climbing conditions, fun but pretty crappy riding conditions. At 1pm it was still rock hard on misery hill and too hard high on avi gulch.
We skinned up a ways toward Casaval, but certainly carried out splits on our backs more than we skinned. (Since my bro doesn't have split crampons i left mine in the car. I'm sure we could have skinned much higher with them.)
There is a ton of snow on the mountain. Although a little less in the west face/hidden locales.
Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm Posts: 1603 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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!
It's all relative. I don't think Shasta has too many eastern-Sierra-super-steep-narrow-shot-dropping-through-huge-granite-walls types of lines, but it makes up for that in the sheer enormity of the mountain. And other things to worry about, like crevasses. West Face is a great run. At the top, there are a couple different entrances to lookers left of the main line that are a little steeper.
Joined: Mon Nov 15, 2004 6:48 am Posts: 206 Location: WA
I'm planning on making the drive from Washington to Shasta real soon with one other. Who else is going and when? Ecobrad, jimw, shasta, others, anybody? I can take off anyday to accomodate the weather window.
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the forecast for this weekend the weather supposed to clear up. and looking at Shasta's web site, the condition seems pretty good right now. I'm thinking about going this weekend so let me know if interested.