Check out the story map of the Breast Cancer Funds climb of the West Face so far this morning. All climbers are between 11-12,000 ft and continuing up. Mild temperatures and light winds are making for a great morning of climbing.
Climb teams are assembling at Bunny Flat this morning to begin the Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds – Mt. Shasta 2016. 17 climbers, survivors, and supporters who’s lives have been affected by the disease will attempt to summit Mt. Shasta via the West Face route.
These amazing men and women have trained and fundraised over the past year to help further the mission of the Breast Cancer Fund to identify and eliminate the environmental and preventable causes of Breast Cancer. We are grateful to each and every one of them for their commitment and generosity. You can follow the progress of the teams as they make their way to base camp today(June 21st) and up the mountain tomorrow (June 22nd) on the map posted here courtesy of Firewhat. Firewhat integrates Delorme and Spot satellite tracking devices with Esri ArcGIS Server to create a customizable live map view of teams in the field.
For more information please visit Firewhat
And for more details as the climb progresses visit the Breast Cancer Fund blog Prevention Starts Here
Good luck, climb safe, and have a great adventure. Thanks for watching!
It was a wet and wild week in the north state; rain poured, snow raged and accumulated in impressive amounts. We received 8-10″ of rain and likely over 10′ of new snow above 7,000′ on Mt. Shasta. When I sunk my 8′ snow probe into the pack I was not able to reach the old layer at 9,000′.
Currently we’re measuring 175″ at 7,600′; that’s almost 15 FEET of snow on lower Mt. Shasta! Yes, the spring and summer will be spectacular! Snow levels jumped around but generally were above 5,000′ for much of the storm cycles. The weather station reported periods of snowfall of 3″ per hour which is intense snow accumulation.
This is what skiing looked like during the storm Saturday when every turn on the 8,000′ Gray Butte produced blinding face shots. The Swedes drove 2,000 miles on a powder pilgramage and scored on Mt. Shasta. Thanks Joakim for the video and stoke, great to ski with you all!
It’s easy to be excited as climbers and skiers but in the bigger picture we are truly grateful. Shasta Lake, just down the road from us and California’s largest reservoir reached 79 percent capacity — and 108 percent of its historic average — on Monday. With a couple more storms and a healthy spring runoff it may actually be full as we approach summer, something that hasn’t happened in 4 years and a big thumbs up for the fish, farmers, and fire fighters.
The latest series of storms has cleared and the mountain started to poke out from behind the curtains of clouds. Amazingly, the snow consolidated and we enjoyed excellent ski conditions up to about 9,000′ before wind and poor visibility sent us back down to the trees. It looks like today (3/15) will be the first clear weather and mild temps before the next wave of precipitation approachs this weekend. Blue skies and mild temps on tap for the rest of the week.
As always check the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Advisory and get ready for a prolonged ski season on Mt. Shasta!
Winter 2016 has delivered on the hope of an abundant snowpack on Mt. Shasta. Storms were consistant in December and January and basically shut off in February with record warm days. Currently our snowpack is 90% of normal and 130% of normal for water, measuring about 116″ at 7,600′. With the outlook of a very wet March, this will only guarantee the prospect of an epic spring and summer on Mt. Shasta. Climbers and skiers are rejoicing!
The storm track looks to return and the hype is building to a proclamation of massive amounts of water headed to nearly all of California. The QPF totals keep increasing and as of now, the current prediction is anywhere from 6-12″ of water. This can translate to well over 10′ of snow across the Sierra crest and the southern Volcanoes. All we can say is Bring it On!
While we wait, we prep our bodies and gear and reflect on what a great winter it has been thus far. The powder has been enjoyed at all the old local zones once again. The spell of high pressure created enjoyable days on the mountain, seeking corn snow and even summits for the enthusiastic. Tall snow banks greet visitors at most trailheads and we anticipate snow to linger well into the summer months.
Ski touring is perfect training for the upcoming mountaineering season on Mt. Shasta. Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes is greatly enhanced with a deep snowpack and we’re eager for what will be an excellent summit season on the mountain.
We’re excited for what the next week will bring. The storm total mania has us hoping for the upper limit of the forecast and plotting powder days to come. With storms of this magnitude, be sure to check weather updates and warnings and of course the daily avalanche advisory from the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center. Be safe in the backcountry and we’ll see you on the mountain!
March 5th: Film showing of Dream Line to benefit Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center
March 8: REI Berkeley Mt. Shasta climbing presentation by Chris Carr
March 9: REI San Francisco Mt. Shasta climbing presentation by Chris Carr