When driving north from the Sacramento valley, it’s impossible to miss Mt. Shasta (14,179 feet /4,322 m). The mountain is just impressive! When I saw the mountain driving north towards the Oregon border, I decided I just had to give it a go!
We spent the night in Mt. Shasta city, and drove up to the trailhead at Bunny Flat the next morning. I wanted a pretty late start, so that I would be sure that the snow would be soft on my descent. When the snow is soft, it is easier to «brake»/reduce the speed with my butt if I fall. This plan worked well, and I reached the summit after 3 hours and 15 minutes. The descent took about an hour. I felt very safe, and that there was no need for ice axe, crampons or snow shoes.
After a couple weeks in Oregon, we made our way south again. The weather forecast was very positive, so we made a new stop in Mt. Shasta city on our way back south. The forecast was accurate, and we wake up to sunshine and no wind. My second attempt at Shasta was a bit quicker than the first. I hope it is because I was in better shape at the second attempt, not that the conditions was a little bit better. Anyway: I’m super happy that I made it to the summit of Mt. Shasta twice. The views are just awesome!
Gear/nutrition: Altra Lone Peak 2.0, apparel from Gore Running Wear, socks from Injinji, hydration from Simple Hydration and Salomon race vest. Garmin 920XT. Tailwind Nutrition in my bottles and a couple of gels.