For those with flexible schedules, the Corvallis chapter of the club is leading a Mt Shasta climb August 17-19.
In late August you say!?
Indeed, we say!
We will be climbing the Clear Creek route. This is the route a horse used to summit the mountain in the early 20th century. Once dismissed as not sufficiently sporting, the
route has become very popular with recent years of low snowfall shortening the season on the other popular routes.
Neither of us has been on the route so naivety drives us forward.
This three day climb of Mt. Shasta (14,179 ft) includes an overnight backpack to a high alpine camp and climbing the mountain’s only safe snow/ice-free route. The route offers a glimpse
into what Mt Rainier could look like in a snow-free future. With the high number (seriously) of people attracted to the mountain, the weekday schedule will hopefully have fewer climbers on the route. The climbing is not technically difficult but with over
7.500 feet of elevation gain on a loose surface it will be not be easy; so don’t get over confident because a horse did it.
We will meet near Mount Shasta on the morning of August 17th so factor that drive into your plans.
In the event of poor air quality or other hazards, we will explore other mountain options.
Difficulty: Scree 2
Party size: 8
Leaders: Garry Stephenson and Ellen Gradison