From Northgate Park follow the trail south to the base of the ridge. Continue up the ridge, easier in early season, to the top of the ridge at 12,000ft. Follow the path of least resistance, typically to the climber's right (west) to the plateau and work back left (east) to the summit. Take note of the large crevasse that forms on the Hotlum Glacier. Work well to the west of it on the descent.
North face of Mt. Shasta from Northgate Park Trailhead.
Solo. Some parties may utilize a rope in early season.
Mt.Shasta from the north.
Photo: Sam Mills, 2003
|Comments on Hotlum-Bolam Ridge
|By Andy Paul|
Mar 1, 2013
I'm wondering why it says consensus is WI5+ for this route?? It looks like it should be WI 2-3. I haven't done it, but it seems a bit counter intuitive to say WI 5+ and then suggest "no protection, solo" for protection. A little confused, Andy
From: Boulder, Co
May 9, 2013
I think it is problem with the algorithm...it looks like it goes in order of increasing difficulty (by the website, obviously not correct) WI1, WI2, ... , WI5, AI1, AI2, ... , AI5. So the average ('consensus') of some WI1-2 and some AI1-2 is WI5+. Obviously a goof but should be simple to correct.
|By Benjamin Chapman|
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 20, 2013
AJ & Xam....I'm with you on this. It should be AI 1/2, but shows a consensus WI5+. Must be the algorithm.