Mt. Shasta upcoming events and news

Mt. Shasta has been on the receiving end of non stop storm cycles and the latest report from the NWS is continued winter weather for the next 4 weeks! The local excitement and powder frenzy has been off the charts and we are all thrilled to be making up for the last several years of drought. Currently there is over 100″ of snow at the Ski Bowl weather station and 72″ at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

Our current water total for 2016 is 171% of normal and snowpack about 134% The effects of the El Nino weather pattern are just starting to appear. Although the last storm was warmer with higher snow levels, this ultimately is great for our snowpack and water content. The warmer snow will consolidate potential weak layers and will help our spring and summer climbing season with epic conditions. The next storm arrives today (1/19) and will deliver abother 6-12″ of new snow and lower snow levels. If you’ve been waiting to visit Mt. Shasta, this will be the year with such a robust snow pack.

Mt. Shasta Snowball

Mt. Shasta Snowball

All of this favorable winter weather is perfect for the upcoming week as the Friends of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center host the annual Snow Ball  and Mt. Shasta Ascension Race. This is one of the best parties of the year and with all of the good vibes it will certainly be a high energy event. We invite you up for some great skiing and good times with friends.

A new addition to this year’s event is a demo day and free intro to backcountry ski tour hosted by The Fifth Season and Shasta Mountain Guides. This year, The Fifth Season, our local gear store, invested in an all new fleet of the highest quality touring equipment for rent and demo. DPS, Volkl, Blizzard, Haagen, G3, K2, will all be available to try before you buy. We will be leading a free ski tour open to the first 12 to sign up. Call or email for details.

With all the weather this year, now is the time to take the avalanche seminar you’ve been wanting to complete. A prerequisite for backcountry skiers, snowboarders, ice climbers, and winter enthusiasts to travel informed in the backcountry. We are holding an AIARE Level I Seminar January 29-31. Led by David Reichel and Dane Brinkley, this will undoubtedly be ideal conditions to learn about safe winter travel in avalanche terrain.

It looks like there will be little break in the storms in the near future. Keep an eye on the weather and check the daily avalanche forecast. Stay safe out there and enjoy the backcountry, these are the good ‘ol days we’ll be talking about!

Mt. Shasta Summer Climbing Report and Photo Essay

 

Sunrise over Casaval Ridge Mt. Shasta

Sunrise over Casaval Ridge Mt. Shasta

It’s mid summer and with the ideal weather and route conditions, we’ve been in full tilt operations here at SMG. It’s been an amazing couple weeks with the annual fundraising climbs that we lead for the Breast Cancer Fund-Climb Against the Odds, Fred Hutchinson Climb to fight Breast Cancer, and Summit For Someone. We have the greatest respect for the climbers on these expeditions and congratulate you all on your efforts, both on the mountain and off!

For the last several years, Sequoia Photography has photographed the climb for the BCF. We’re sharing her beautiful photos here to hopefully motivate and inspire. This event is an incredible culmination of hard work and dedication by many people. Thanks for all you do!

Cathy Ann Taylor and Sean Malee, part of the SMG family!

Cathy Ann and Sean

Cathy Ann and Sean

The conditions are holding up great on the West Face route, we’ll probably climb here through July before switching to the north and east side routes for the remainder of the 2012 season.

Climbing the West Face Mt. Shasta

Climbing the West Face Mt. Shasta

Climb On!

Climb On!

 

Snow, ice, crampons! Come cool the summer heat on Mt. Shasta!

 

Climbing the West Face route Mt. Shasta

Climbing the West Face route Mt. Shasta

 

 

 

Eric Layton keeps a close eye on his team

Climbing a classic peak in great style.

West Face summer climbing Mt. Shasta

West Face summer climbing Mt. Shasta

Pat fired up!

Who-Hoo!

Who-Hoo!

Post summit shaka! Linda, Teasha, and Amy celebrate!

Basecamp stoke!

Basecamp stoke!

 

climbing is FUN!

climbing is FUN!

Drew enjoying the fruits of his labor. Special thanks to the Fifth Season for offering this delicious mountain breakfast! Bacon and fresh strawberries, c’mon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re ecstatic over the wonderful summer 2012 season here on the mountain. This is because of the amazing climbers we get to meet and share this adventure with. Along with our staff of “the best guides on the planet”, we can’t be more grateful for a safe and successful season so far.

We still have lots of time left for a Mt. Shasta summit climb or seminar. The North side glacier routes will be in great shape through September and we’ll be watching how conditions hold up on the south and west side.  As always, call or email for more details.

Thanks to all our climbers and organizations who climb with us here at SMG, you are all heroes!