Teresa and I met the group at a coffee shop in Mt. Shasta Sat. morning and made sure we were all properly caffeinated. We then made our way over to Shasta Base Camp to pick up the rental gear and get some last minute odds and ends. Mt. Shasta is lucky to have two really nice mountaineering shops in town, Shasta Base Camp and The Fifth Season. After doing a last gear check we made out way to Bunny Flat to start the walk into Horse camp.
The crew at the trailhead
The walk in to Horse Camp was a nice warmup and the views were excellent.
After setting up camp, we got suited up for Snow School. This is my favorite part of the trip because it prepares the group for climbing the mountain and gives them the tools to safely do a trip on their own. It's also nice to see the smiles when someone gets to glissade for the first time. Below is a video of Beth self arresting from an upside down position.
After snow school it we rested and hydrated and ate an early dinner. The afternoon clouds really started to build and a lite rain fell for a couple of hours. Everyone hit the sleeping bags pretty early and tried to get some sleep before the 1 am alarm went off. Some slept better than others, but everyone was ready to go once 2 am rolled around. About a half hour out of Horse Camp we stopped to put crampons on.
There are few skylines better than the sunrising over the Trinity Alps and Klamath Mountain Range. This is the view from above Lake Helen around 11,ooo ft.
Here is another shot of Teresa and I just after the sun started to make an appearance.
About a thousand feet above this picture, I got altitude sickness pretty bad. I decided to call it quits. Teresa kept going to Red Banks, which is the horizon line in the last pic. She did a great job and I am really proud of her. Merritt and Lia continued on to the summit. They were really moving fast and did an amazing job working their way through some pretty technical terrain. Here is a pic looking down Misery hill.
It was a great trip and I wanted to thank Steve, Pat, Lia, Merritt, Beth, Travis, and Teresa for making it so much fun. I also wanted to thank the group for all the pics and video.
Trip Part 2
On the way back to Arcata Travis, Lia, Beth, and myself stopped at Pigeon Point on the Trinity River to camp for the night. My roomate Neil met us out there. The next day Neil and I ran the Pigeon Point run on the Trinity River in our kayaks. It was amazing. The flows were three times higher than I was used to and it was intense. The hydraulics of the river were so chaotic you could never relax and just float. All the rapids were huge with giant waves and macking holes. Neil was in a new kayak for the first time and did a great job negotiating the whirlpools and boils that constantly tried to grab your boat and take it under. I had a graet time and it was a perfect way to end a great weekend.