Pics and a video from my favorite mountain.
Mt. Shasta is a massive glaciated volcano in northern California. At 14,179 ft tall, it’s the second tallest of the Cascade volcanoes (Washington’s Mt. Rainier–which I climbed a couple years ago–is a few hundred feet taller). The beauty of the mountain, the excellent snow conditions, the fun-ness of the route, my fitness on the route, and the views from the top combined to make this my favorite mountain that I’ve ever climbed.
I camped at the trailhead (elevation: 6,900 ft), woke up at 3 am, was hiking by 3:20, hit snow at 4:45 at 8,800 feet, and was on top at 8:10, making for a time of 4 hours 50 minutes for 7,300 feet of vertical elevation gain. I passed about 24 people–everyone that was on the mountain at the time–and had the summit to myself for the 45 minutes I was up there.
As with all of my photos, click for a larger version.
Below is a video I took on the summit. If you can’t see it, click here.