Planning an Alpine summit and ski of Mt. Shasta the weekend before Memorial Day. My current plan is to do it via Avy Gulch but if you prefer a north side route, that’s ok with me too.
I’m flying from NYC so my plan would be this:
Friday 5/17: fly EWR to Redding, CA (RDD). Maybe climb a bit to acclimatize. Sleep in town or at Bunny Flat.
Saturday 5/18: climb from Bunny Flat trail head to Helen Lake and camp.
Sunday 5/19: alpine start - climb from Helen Lake to summit. Ski back to camp, pack up, ski back to car.
Monday 5/20. Fly RDD to EWR
I’m a 43 year-old desk jockey in good enough shape. Strong skier, solid basic mountaineering skills. Have climbed a lot in the Northeast and northern Sweden and a little in the Sierra but this will be my first Cascade volcano. Did two winter summits of Mt. Washington this year. Have winter camping and mountaineering equipment (including 2 and 3 person tents), and ski touring gear. Plan is to go up around 7am first day, set up camp and get some runs in, then an Alpine start second day to summit and ski down.
Basically, I refuse to admit that this amazing ski season is winding down!