Touring with M & M Tours

This has been a great weekend showing around the Chinese Group brought here by M & M Tours, Inc.

Having fun on Mt. Shasta!

Having fun on Mt. Shasta!

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.

M & M Tour Bus with Micheal the Tour Director.

M & M Tour Bus with Micheal the Tour Director.

Castle Lake

Castle Lake

We had spectacular weather Saturday morning at Castle Lake.

The Teacher...

The Teacher…

This group did silent meditations throughout the tour and was led by this man.

Listening to the music of the flow.

Lower McCloud Falls

Listening to the music of the flow.

Lovin It!

Lovin Life!

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A Rainbow Group!

What a great group!

Hope to see you back here again and save travels!

Konwakiton Glacier Mudflow on Mt. Shasta!

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.

The end of the road...

The end of the road…

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.

Mud Creek Dam

Mud Creek Dam

This dam was built back in the twenties to divert the water. It’s gushing!

Mud Creek Culvert

Mud Creek Culvert

It’s filled with glacier silt, debris and large rocks.

Crossing the flow!

Crossing the flow!

We decided to cross the mudflow and let me just say, “it’s muddy”!

Konwakiton Glacier

Konwakiton Glacier

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~

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10202933449364319&set=vb.1445779123&type=2&theater

Lower Part of Konwakiton

Lower Part of Konwakiton

Photo by Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis went up on the mountain to see what really happened.
With all the rumors and news media suggesting a glacier broke off of Mt. Shasta, I just could not accept that. It would be cool to photograph but I knew it had to be a “Glacial Dam” blowout and I knew the exact location it had to be so today, I climbed to appx 12,500ft to the head of Upper Mud Creek Canyon and sure enough it was a blowout in the channel below Konwakiton and Mud Creek Glaciers. Like a detective at a crime scene, it was clearly obvious and so I can assure everyone there was NOT a broke off piece of glacier, not even an ice chip had broken. There is some old glacial ice in the channel but not connected to any glacier. The media went wild, oh my! I have many new photos on my personal FB page for those that have an interest…Thanks Steve!
Bluey loving it!

Bluey loving it!

Looks like we will be getting cooler temperatures with a chance of rain~

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32#.VCAp-leYWuk

Have a great week!

Medicine Lake Highlands Area

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Mt. Shasta in the distance.

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.

Paint Pot Crater

Paint Pot Crater

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.

Seasonal Pond

Seasonal Pond, Pumice Stone Mountain

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.

Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout

Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout

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

Enjoying the moment!

Enjoying the moment!

A Medicine Circle on Little Mt. Hoffman.

Little Medicine Lake

Little Medicine Lake

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…

Nice...

Nice…

Just like a painting.

Glass Mountain

Glass Mountain

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.

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Feeling Free!

I love this area. It’s so mystical! Wanna go on a tour~give me a call!

530-926-3250.

Have a great week!

What’s Happening on Mt. Shasta???

The past couple weeks it’s been on and off smokey from the surrounding fires. Fortunately, there are no fires very close.

Taken from Weed, Ca.

Taken from Weed, Ca.

and on the mountain…

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The Old Ski Bowl, Mt. Shasta

Lately we’ve had a nice cloud cover keeping the temperatures cool. Looks like temps will warm up and Sunny!

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.31594&lat=41.32007#.U-zYSaNAeYg

Slivery Lupine Blooming!

Slivery Lupine Blooming!

You can see these lupines along the Everitt Memorial Highway between Panther Meadows and the Old Ski Bowl.

Interesting Red Rocks & Ferns

Interesting Red Rocks & Ferns

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!

Mt. Shasta’s Beautiful Lenticular Clouds!

WILDFLOWER ALERT for JULY 26, 2014

Panther Meadows Wildflower Show!

Panther Meadows Wildflower Show!

This week has been nice and cool with the mountain showing off!

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I just love Mt. Shasta’s Lenticular Clouds.  These are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, normally in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction.

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Landing zone…

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My favorite!

Stay tune…these photos and more will be for sale as greeting cards soon!

Looks like we are going to have a nice weekend~

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32#.U9EhnqOvCuk

Have a good one!

Mt. Shasta’s Southeast Side & HOT TEMPERATURES!

This past weekend my friend Bart and I climbed the Clear Creek route located on the southeast side of Mt. Shasta.

Super Full Moon

Super Full Moon

It was a beautiful moon set and sunrise along the Clear Creek trail.

Early Morning Sunrise

Early Morning Sunrise

Conditions for climbing were looking good until…

Lenticular Coverage

The Abyss

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.

11,000 ft. and climbing

11,000 ft. and Climbing

Bart taking a break.

Konwakiton Glacier

Konwakiton Glacier

I love this glacier!

Konwakiton is a Wintun word meaning “Muddy”.

Mushroom Rock

Mushroom Rock

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.

From the air...

From the air…

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~

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32#.U8Pm30CvCuk

Stay cool, hydrated and have a great week!

Mt. Shasta’s 4th of July!

Come one, come all to our famous 4th of July here in Mt. Shasta!

4th of July Fun Run!

4th of July Fun Run!

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

Upper Caldwell Lake

Upper Caldwell Lake

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.

View of Mt. Shasta

View of Mt. Shasta

Summer is here~

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32#.U7GZnkCvCuk

Have a great week and 4th of July weekend!

Wildflowers Popping Up~Happy Summer Solstice!!!

Wildflowers are starting to pop up at the lower elevations right now between 3,000-5,000 ft.

Rock Penstemon

Rock Penstemon also known as Beard Tongue

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~

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Alpine Shooting Star

Alpine Shooting Star

Scarlet Gilia also known as Scarlet Trumpet and Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia also known as Scarlet Trumpet and Skyrocket

Corn Lily

Corn Lily

Panther Meadows and Old Ski Bowl Update…

Panther Meadows Area

Panther Meadows Area

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!

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32#.U6L9-UCvCuk

Wanna go on a guided tour or hike this weekend?

Give me a call at 530-926-3250.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Wanna Climb Mt. Shasta?

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.

Avalanche Gulch~John Muir Route

Avalanche Gulch~John Muir Route

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.

Hidden Valley~West Route Route

Hidden Valley~West Route Route

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.

Hotlum/Bolam Route

Hotlum/Bolam Route

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

Clear Creek Route

Clear Creek Route

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.

Glacier Training Seminars

Glacier Training Seminars

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

Self-Arrest

Practicing Self-Arrest Technique

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!

http://mountshastaguide.com/?page_id=4217&preview=true

Have a great weekend!

Warm Temps Throughout the Week!

Summer is just right around the corner!

Bluey reflecting his master's state of mind.

Bluey reflecting his master’s state of mind~Mr. Gerald Spini.

Great hiking conditions right now and lakes are refreshing for swimming.

Shooting Star

Shooting Star

Wildflowers are starting to pop up.

Mt. Shasta from the top of Lassen Peak

Mt. Shasta from the top of Lassen Peak

Nice weather this week for getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32#.U4n2YHbTCuk

Check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun” for unlimited recreation opportunities.

Have a good one!