Holk Posted May 19, 2011 Share Posted May 19, 2011 (edited) Trip: Mount Shasta - Casaval Ridge Date: 5/8/2011 Trip Report: Note: originally a quick reply to a forum post, i decided to post individually due to multiple requests on casaval beta as of late, and thus it isn't too extensive. I just soloed Casaval Ridge May 8th/9th and conditions couldn't have been more favorable! I believe it will be plenty good in shape come memorial day weekend and an excellent south route to miss the crowds. Nothing seemed much steeper than 35 degrees unless you were intentional about climbing it, and then you could encounter up to 50+. I passed two gentlemen, Jard and Bryan, camping below the usual spot and I myself camped up atop that first ridge/toe (9,800ft). There are some dugouts currently, but the wind will keep you awake unless you carry some earplugs. The 4th class rock annotated is easily avoidable, but it made for some fun with the crampons and tools (only about 30-40 feet high). High camp is well sheltered and gives you a nice glimpse down into Helen Lake, but you would have to carry your gear up to 11,000ft. The bottom photograph is taken from a video still when I was on the first catwalk - this is where you'll find the greatest exposure - it too is avoidable if you so choose. Gear Notes: Ditch the snowshoes. A second tool (venom's) was pleasant, but not necessary. No pro needed. Still loving my Canon G11 over the SLR. Approach Notes: Bunny Flat Edited May 23, 2011 by Holk Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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