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This past weekend I took the Amtrak train up to visit my sister and family.
They live in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver Canada.
It is a very pretty and clean city. The public transit is excellent!
We went to this incredible cool place filled with lots of nature!
This suspension bridge is 450 ft. long and 230 ft. high. Reassuringly wobbly since 1889!
West Coast Rainforest Ecosystem.
We walked through 1300 Year-Old Growth Douglas Fir.
We checked out Stanley Park known as Vancouver’s urban oasis and one of the top city parks in North America. It is a 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Thank you Patti, Chris, Adam, Ryan and Lucas oh yeah…and Taki for a great trip!
and what’s happening on Mt. Shasta…
We’ve received snow on the higher elevations of Mt. Shasta and more to come!
Enjoy the weather!
Before the gate closes on Everitt Memorial Highway at Bunny Flat (Nov. 1), Gerald and I decided to go check out Mud Creek Canyon from Southgate Trail.
We started early morning from the Southgate trail head.
We started scrambling up the rocks for these views!
We hiked or should I say rock scrambled up to Mud Creek Canyon Rim.
These falls are runoff from the upper snowfield.
Looks like we are going to be getting cooler weather and SNOW (on the mountain) this week~http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.38814294931545&lon=-122.21809387207031&site=mfr&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.VDvv9VeYWuk
Have a good one!
This has been a great weekend showing around the Chinese Group brought here by M & M Tours, Inc.
This group is from Malan, China. I’ve learned a few interesting things about their culture. How to say “Hello and Good Night” and that their country has over 2,000 dialects. They are very friendly, kind, polite and love MT. SHASTA.
We had spectacular weather Saturday morning at Castle Lake.
This group did silent meditations throughout the tour and was led by this man.
Listening to the music of the flow.
What a great group!
Hope to see you back here again and save travels!
This weekend we’ve had some interested activity on Mt. Shasta. With the warm temperatures we had on Saturday and the drought conditons, the lower part of the Konwakiton Glacier blew out and created this mudflow.
It’s a pretty muddy mess. This is along Forest Service Rd 31. This is the location were the Mud Creek Diversion Structure is located.
This dam was built back in the twenties to divert the water. It’s gushing!
It’s filled with glacier silt, debris and large rocks.
We decided to cross the mudflow and let me just say, “it’s muddy”!
And this is where it all started…the Konwakiton Glacier. Konwakiton means Muddy. Very appropriate.
My friend Steve Lewis went up on Saturday afternoon when it started and got some video~
Photo by Steve Lewis
This area east of Mt. Shasta is one of the most diverse and least visited volcanoes in California. It is actually the largest volcano (in total area) within California known as a Hawaiian Type Shield Volcano.
This cinder cone is composed of pumice and red and black cinders. These type of cones were formed by gaseous, explosive eruptions in chich cinders piled up around the opening.
Nice views of Pumice Stone Mountain, a cinder cone with a deep layer of pumice. This seasonal pond is often a favorite hangout for wildlife.
This cinder cone volcano offers incredible views of the entire Medicine Lake Highlands area. Interested in renting this for the night~http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm9_008296.pdf
A Medicine Circle on Little Mt. Hoffman.
This is lovely little lake is adjacent to Medicine Lake. The lake partially fills the caldera which was formed when the Medicine Lake Volcano Collapsed. There’s a nice picnic area, boat launch and campgrounds. Check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun” for more…
Just like a painting.
This is the youngest volcanic flow in the area. It is known to many Native American tribes for its obsidian, a volcanic black glass which was used for spear and arrow points.
I love this area. It’s so mystical! Wanna go on a tour~give me a call!
Have a great week!
The past couple weeks it’s been on and off smokey from the surrounding fires. Fortunately, there are no fires very close.
and on the mountain…
Lately we’ve had a nice cloud cover keeping the temperatures cool. Looks like temps will warm up and Sunny!
You can see these lupines along the Everitt Memorial Highway between Panther Meadows and the Old Ski Bowl.
There’s a lot of interesting hidden places on the mountain. Wanna learn more…Come on a tour! Give me a call at 530-926-3250.
Have a great weekend!
WILDFLOWER ALERT for JULY 26, 2014
This week has been nice and cool with the mountain showing off!
Stay tune…these photos and more will be for sale as greeting cards soon!
Looks like we are going to have a nice weekend~
Have a good one!
This past weekend my friend Bart and I climbed the Clear Creek route located on the southeast side of Mt. Shasta.
It was a beautiful moon set and sunrise along the Clear Creek trail.
Conditions for climbing were looking good until…
This lenticular cloud even though very beautiful told us there was a possibility we weren’t going to summit but gave it our best anyways.
Bart taking a break.
I love this glacier!
Konwakiton is a Wintun word meaning “Muddy”.
This is almost at 13,000 ft. We made the decision to turn back because of the weather. It was very windy and cloudy and white out conditions all morning. Of course when we got down in the late afternoon, it cleared up.
My friend Vikas Kapur was flying over Mt. Shasta the same time we were climbing. He took this awesome picture of the mountain.
We are in for HOT temperatures this week~
Stay cool, hydrated and have a great week!
Come one, come all to our famous 4th of July here in Mt. Shasta!
Mt. Shasta’s 4th of July Celebration started back in 1888 and the tradition continues!
Here are the list of events~http://mtshastachamber.com/chamber/4thofjulyschedule2014.pdf
The hiking right now is spectacular with the wildflowers and the beautiful greenery.
I will be offering day hikes July 4,5 and 6th. Call for more details~530-926-3250.
Summer is here~
Have a great week and 4th of July weekend!
Wildflowers are starting to pop up at the lower elevations right now between 3,000-5,000 ft.
This flower can be found in rock outcroppings and are a favorite of the hummingbirds. It can be seen along the Black Butte Trail and on the lower slopes of Mt. Shasta.
Here are a few of my favorite wildflowers along the trails~
Panther Meadows and Old Ski Bowl Update…
The gate will open up at Bunny Flat to Old Ski Bowl July 1st. Most of the snow has melted. No wildflowers popping up yet but the water’s flowing. It’s a nice walk right now to Panther Meadows and the Old Ski Bowl.
Warmer temperatures are here!
Wanna go on a guided tour or hike this weekend?
Give me a call at 530-926-3250.
Happy Summer Solstice!
Mt. Shasta is known worldwide for the climbing it has to offer with spectacular glaciers, unique terrain and rewarding views. There are non-technical to technical and very challenging routes. Let me help plan your climb with the best route and guide for your climbing abilities.
The Avalanche Gulch route is the most popular route on the mountain. It is best to climb this route when there’s snow usually between April and late July. This year with our snow pack, the earlier the better. Most people climb this route in either 2 or 3 days.
All climbs include professional instruction, crampon and ice-ax instruction, group equipment including tents, stoves, climbing harnesses, passes and permits.
2 day climb is a more strenuous climb and requires good physical condition. Dates available -June 20-21, 28-29 and July 5-6. Cost per person is $550.00.
3 day climb is a more relaxed pace with ample time to learn crampon use, ice-ax and self arrest techniques. Dates available June 20-22, 27-29, July 5-7, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27. Cost per person is $650.00.
4 day climb is a moderate approach to mountaineering spending extra time on skills, acclimating and enjoying being on the mountain. Dates available July 18-21. Cost per person is $750.00.
This climb is a more remote wilderness experience on the mountain. It is a moderate 3 day climb. Dates available are June 20-22, July 5-7 and July 18-20. Price per person is $650.00.
This beautiful route is located on the north side of the mountain. It is a intermediate route with its long snowfields between the Hotlum, Bolam and Wintun Glaciers. A great introductory climb to glacier climbing. Dates available are June 20-22, 27-29, July 5-7, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, August 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, August 30-Sept. 1, Sept. 5-7,12-14. Cost per person is $650.00
This route is located on the east side of the mountain and is the least technical of all the routes. It’s very beautiful along the way with views of Mud Creek Falls and the Konwakition Glacier. There are snowfields along the way and the upper Wintun Glacier requiring crampon and ice-ax technique. This is a good choice late in the season or dry years for a strenuous yet non technical summit ascent. Dates available are July 5-7, 11-13, 18-20, August 1-3, 15-17, 22-24, Sept. 5-7. Cost per person is 650.00.
Interested in climbing a Glacier?
Glacier Seminar 1-Introduction to Mountaineering
A North side summit climb with time for skills training and snow school on the glacier. This 4 day course and climb is for the aspiring mountaineer who wants to build a solid foundation of mountain skills with the opportunity to climb a spectacular glacier route on Mt. Shasta. Dates available are June 20-23, July 4-7, 18-21, August 1-4, 15-18, 29-Sept. 1, Sept. 12-15. Price per person is 650.00
Glacier Seminar 2-Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue
This seminar is an in-depth and comprehensive course covering glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques. We’ll be on the Hotlum Glacier; where a series of icefalls will provide perfect training and climbing opportunities. The emphasis will be on skill development and hands on practice for glacier travel and rescue. A summit bid via the dramatic Hotlum Glacier completes this five day seminar. Dates available are June 28-July 2 and August 7-11 Price per person is $850.00
Glacier Seminar 3-Alpine Climbing Seminar
This five day seminar will put all of our skills to the test and challenge the Hotlum Direct Ice Gullies. A thorough training progression and an alpine style approach will inspire even the most experienced climbers. Our focus will be on developing steep alpine/ ice climbing skills. The final ascent will include up to six pitches of classic steep ice finishing on the summit ridge, awesome! Date available August 21-25. Price per person is $850.00
Taking a Ice-Ax and Crampon Clinic is a prerequisite for climbing Mt. Shasta and excellent skills to have for snow travel. You will get an introduction to climbing on moderate angle snow and to the use of ice axe, crampons, and self-arrest skills.
Call me for more details!
Stay tune for more information…
Give me a call or email to help you set up Climbing Mt. Shasta!
Have a great weekend!
Summer is just right around the corner!
Great hiking conditions right now and lakes are refreshing for swimming.
Wildflowers are starting to pop up.
Nice weather this week for getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.
Check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun” for unlimited recreation opportunities.
Have a good one!
There’s plenty of fun things to do this weekend!
Starting with the mountain…
The Everitt Memorial Highway is clear up to Bunny Flat Trail Head.
Patches of snow from 7,000 ft. and higher.
Right now is a great time to walk, ride a bike, even skateboard (very cautiously) on the road past the gate.
There are still lots of rocks, debris and patches of snow on the road.
When does the county open the gate to the Old Ski Bowl?
Usually when all the snow melts off the road.
Great climbing conditions right now!
Now’s the open window of opportunity…Call me to help you get set up~530-926-3250.
Other fun things to do~
Check out the mushroom festival in McCloud~
Dunsmuir Dogwood Daze~
There’s great hiking right now in our area. Waterfalls are flowing and wildflowers are starting to poke out. Check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun” for more ideas.
Have a fun and safe Memorial Weekend!