Mt. Shasta’s Beautiful Lenticular Clouds!

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



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.


Landing zone…


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~

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~

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~

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~

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!

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


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!

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.

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

Have a good one!

Memorial Weekend in Mt. Shasta

There’s plenty of fun things to do this weekend!

Panther Meadows Area

Panther Meadows Area

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.

Snow on the road past Panther Meadows.

Snow on the road past Panther Meadows.

When does the county open the gate to the Old Ski Bowl?

Usually when all the snow melts off the road.


Upper Avalanche Gulch

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!

Mt. Shasta’s East Side!

The Hotlum/Wintun is GOING OFF!


Great Conditions!

With the low snow pack, it’s possible to drive to the Brewer Creek trail head.

Who was William Brewer you ask~he accompanied Josiah Dwight Whitney in 1862 on the exploration of this area.  He was a botanist and had a great love for geology.


Nice coverage!

This area has a reputation for people getting disoriented heading back to the trail head. Make sure to have a compass and map, gps and take note of landmarks in the area.


Morning Glory

It’s a great time to climb and ski Mt. Shasta.

Give me a call to help you get set up. 530-926-3250

Have a good one!

Corny Snow Conditions on Mt. Shasta

Nice and smooth snow right now!

Avalanche Gulch 5-02-2014

Avalanche Gulch 5-02-2014

Weather’s going to get a bit cooler and breezy for the weekend.

Have a great weekend!

Interesting Clouds on Mt. Shasta & Awesome Skiing!

My saying is, “You Never Know Until You Go”!


Avalanche Gulch

Mt. Shasta creates its own weather and clouds.



This past weekend’s storm smoothed out the snow making for very nice ski conditions!

Casaval Ridge

Casaval Ridge

Climbing & skiing conditions are good right now!


Right before the storm…

We received all together 5+ inches of new snow.

Have a great week!