Mount Shasta Casaval Ridge/Avalanche Gulch - Difficulty 5+
Sat, Jul 13 at 5:00 PM - Sun, Jul 14 at 10:00 PM, 2019
Federal Way Transit Center - Federal Way, WA
*PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP UNLESS YOU HAVE DONE MOUNT HOOD OR GREATER IN THE PAST MONTH. SNOWSHOES OR SKIS, ICE AXE, HELMET, CRAMPONS MANDATORY!!! This not a glacier climb so no need for rope or harness. *It is going to be a 10 hour drive but remember we are climbing a 14192 foot volcano (the highest in southern Oregon) and glissade 3000 feet. *Mount Shasta permit is required at the trailhead. It is $25.00 cash payment and come with a poop bag. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/stnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5353013 *I will be coming from California so I will meet everyone at the Bunny Flats. Let's go for Shasta. It's going to be a long drive but the peak is 14,162 feet and has a killer glissade. Let’s get her done! THE PLAN: Saturday: 1. Drive down to Shasta, I'll be driving up from CA. If all goes well we will get to Bunny Flat Trailhead by 10-11AM. I know those coming down from Washington will have to leave super early Saturday morning or Friday night but I think it'll be better if we can get an earlier start from the trailhead on Saturday morning. 2. Begin our ascent to Helen Lake (10,443') asap. Ideally we want to get there by 2-3pm. We'll be covering 3,500 ft elevation gain 3-4 hours. Once we arrive, we'll set up tent, boil water, eat, and sleep until 1-2am. If you want to get back to Washington earlier we can start the ascent earlier even, around midnight. Sunday: 3. Wake up at 1-2am and head for the summit. The push to Red Banks will be pretty tough, 2200' elevation gain in less than a mile. Once we get to the top of Red Banks we'll take a short break, continue up Misery Hill towards the summit. 4. Get to the summit between 7 and 9 am. 5. We will be back to the car by 4 pm (hopefully earlier). You need to be competent with snowshoes, crampons and ice axe. 11 miles, roundtrip ELEVATION Gain: 7300 ft. Highest Point: 14162 ft. Pace: moderately fast • What to bring Must have: 10 essentials, ice ax (and know how to arrest), helmet, crampons, snowshoes, poles with snow baskets, headlamp with extra batteries, warm glove system, shell pants and jacket and all other winter hiking clothing and accessories to keep you warm, hydrated and protected from the sun. Rating 6: Hike/scramble/climb of extreme difficulty. An example of this climb would be Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Eldorado or greater. There will be a mandatory waitlist and it will be required that the guest has joined us on at least 5 outings and 1 of the Grade 5 category. It will be the organizer's decision then to take climbers he thinks best would the team. Attendance will be taken at every event and like most other major groups we will have a two no-shows and you are out of the group policy. You will be responsible for your own safety. Every Organizer and Event Planners are volunteers and are not professional guides.