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!

Happy Spring Break!!!

This week’s been very nice temperatures and it’s going to continue through the weekend!

Reflections...

Reflections…

Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year.

There’s so much to do~bicycling, hiking, exploring, climbing and of course skiing!

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Top of Broadway…

Climbing and skiing conditions are now!

With a low snow pack and warm temperatures, snow isn’t going to last long. Thinking about climbing Mt. Shasta but not sure where to start, give me a call at 530-926-3250 to help get you set up.

Castle Lake 4-17-2014

Castle Lake

Castle Lake is great for swimming (a cold swim), canoeing and kayaking, hiking or just relaxing!

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Castle Lake Road

A great time for a scenic drive.

Check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun” for many options.

Happy Passover, Easter and Earth Day!

Happy Passover, Easter and Earth Day!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Back in Mt. Shasta and Lovin It!

This summer was a big traveling adventure all through the southwest to incredible places, meeting lots of interesting people and doing new things!

Here are some pics~

Sunset~Golden Gate Bridge

Sunset~Golden Gate Bridge

Boundary Peak, Nevada

Boundary Peak, Nevada

Angel's Landing~Zion, Utah

Angel’s Landing~Zion, Utah

Mc Way Falls, Big Sur, CA

McWay Falls, Big Sur, CA

Flying over the Grand Canyon, AZ

Flying over the Grand Canyon, AZ

Arches National Park, UT

Arches National Park, UT

Sunset~Grand Canyon, AZ

Sunset~Grand Canyon, AZ

Now I’m back in Mt. Shasta and it’s gorgeous!

Old Ski Bowl~Mt. Shasta

Old Ski Bowl~Mt. Shasta

Thinking about going for a hike…Check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun” for great hikes on Mt. Shasta and beyond!

Castle Lake, Mt. Shasta

Castle Lake, Mt. Shasta

Beautiful weather right now. Come on up and enjoy the crystal clear waters in Mt. Shasta!

Stan & Sharon

Stan & Sharon

Gave a tour of the Mt. Shasta area to this lovely couple.

Wanna go on a scenic tour?

or

Old Ski Bowl~Rock Labrinth

Old Ski Bowl~Rock Labrinth

 looking for the sacred sites on Mt. Shasta?

Give me a call!

530-926-3250

Have a great week!

Mount Shasta’s Northside~Hotlum/Bolam, Southside Conditions and Castle Lake Area

Current Conditions on Southside 5-2-2013

Bunny Flat 5-2-2013

Bunny Flat

It’s really starting to melt down low but still skiable. A little smokey!

Between 7,000-8,000 ft. it’s marginal and 9,000 up~ GOOD!

Road beyond Bunny Flat

Road beyond Bunny Flat

It’s still going to be awhile before the road opens up to the Old Ski Bowl.

Today (Monday) a friend and I headed over to the North Gate Trailhead. We were able to drive within a half mile before reaching snow.

8,000 ft.

8,000 ft. on Mt. Shasta’s Northside

We were able to skin up from where we parked. Snow was a little patchy down low but consistent most of the way.

Nice Coverage!

Nice Coverage on Hotlum/Bolam Route!

We skinned up to 9,200 ft. before hitting the winds making conditions icy and rough. Found nice snow all the way down to the trail head. Probably not going to last long with the warm temps we’ve been having.

Wondering what’s been happening over at Castle Lake…

Castle Lake

Castle Lake

Spring time!!!

Seasonal Waterfall

Seasonal Waterfall

Now’s a good time to go waterfall hiking. This was an all day hike located in the Castle Crags Wilderness.

Who's This?

Who’s This?

Joaquin Miller!

Miller was may things; miner and traveler; horse thief, lawyer, and judge, Indian hunter and Indian supporter; truth-bender, writer, and at times an amazingly accurate historical interpreter of California in the mid-1800s. Learn more on one of the very interested tours offered by our local Sisson Museum~
http://mtshastamuseum.com/events/tours/

 Come out and support Siskiyou County Search & Rescue Fundraiser Dinner and Auction May 10, 2013!

SAR Fundraiser

SAR Fundraiser

Call or email me at 530-926-3250 or robin@mountshastaguide.com for tickets and more information.

Have a great weekend!

SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

After last week with over 2 feet of snow on the mountain,

Castle Lake, Mt. Shasta

Castle Lake, Mt. Shasta

a warm front is moving in~http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32

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Off the beat and path!

 Thinking about Climbing Mt. Shasta this spring or summer…give me a call @ 530-926-3250 and I’ll help you get set up!

Have a great week!

Spaceships, UFOs or…Maybe the Lemurians!

This week we’ve been seeing incredible cloud formations!

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Ready for landing…

These flying saucer type clouds have inspired the connection between the mountain and UFOs with many stories being told beginning with Frederick Spencer Oliver’s 1905 book, A Dweller on Two Planets. Descendents of the mythical civilization of Lemuria have long be said to have taken refuge inside Mt. Shasta and they have spaceships!

Triple Decker!

Triple Decker!

Lenticulars are made of water droplets and wind. To create a lenticular cloud, there must be a strong wind to carry the moisture up and over the mountain.

WoW!!!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!

WoW!!!~This amazing photo was taken by Ken Nelson.

Alpine Glow Sunset

Alpine Glow Sunset

High Pressure moving in for a while…http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32

Come on up and PLAY in the SNOW!

More Fresh Snow On…Mt. Shasta

A  storm front is moving into the area through the weekend.

A Quick Glance of Sunshine!

January 24, 2013

A quick glance of sunshine!

So far the mountain has received around 7 inches of snow. Weather 8,500 ft.~http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.38814294931545&lon=-122.21809387207031&site=mfr&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text

Green Butte Ridge Proper

Upper Broadway 9,400 ft.~January 20, 2013

My Birthday Corn Snow Present!

Excellent conditions on the ridges for climbing!

Thinking about climbing Mt. Shasta during winter or early spring, let me help plan your trip!

or

Thinking about

Taking an Avalanche Course?

Snow Pit for snow observation.

Snow Pit for snow observation.

Level I and Level II AIARE Avalanche Seminars Available.

Give me a call at 530-926-3250

and how’s the scenery…

Castle Lake Area

Castle Lake Area

Sublime…

Lenticular Hovering Mt. Shasta

Lenticular Hovering Mt. Shasta

Have a great weekend!

Castle Lake Area and Castle Crags Ski

This week has been all about the Castle Lake area.

Road is plowed to the lake and the skiing has been superb!

Castle Lake and Middle Peak to the west.

Great snow pack with Surface Frosthoar Snow. Something to keep in mind for future snowfalls and avalanche potential. Current advisory~http://www.shastaavalanche.org/advisories/advisories/avalanche-advisory

Early Morning Castle Crags

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Mt. Shasta, Black Butte and Lake Siskiyou

Gerald & Bluey

Gerald & Bluey

Thanks for taking me to your secret powder stash!

Saturday Morning Glory!

Mt. Shasta beautiful Lenticular Clouds!

Castle Spires in the foreground.

We headed over and skied some Pow-der!

Up Close & Personal!

 Wanna go on a guided ski or snowshoe tour of this area or Mt. Shasta…Give me a call at 530-926-3250

and what’s happening on Mt. Shasta…

Up the Gulch...

Up the Gulch…1/06/2013

We received a couple inches of new snow and skiing is good!

Looks like unsettled weather for this upcoming week at 8500 ft.~

 http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.38814294931545&lon=-122.21809387207031&site=mfr&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text

 Have a great week and come up and play in the SNOW!

Bus Touring with Friendly Excursions Inc.

All Clear Skies~Ready for take off…

Joe, our awesome bus driver!

I met this very enthusiastic group in Red Bluff. Next to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

We drove through the park with a quick stop at the Bumpass Hell Parking area showing the remnants of ancient Mt. Tehama.

Debbie~Tour Escort. Thanks for the pictures!

Our next stop~Burney Falls. Theodore Roosevelt once described Burney Falls as the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Our very colorful bus! Old Ski Bowl, Mt. Shasta

The second day we toured the Mt. Shasta area.

Me in action…

Castle Lake Fun~

Just Lovely!

Enjoying the Pristine Waters!

Having Fun!

What a great 2 days with this wonderful group.

Mt. Shasta’s East side.

The beginning of fall is bringing nice comfortable temperatures.

Have a great week!

Hot, Hot, Hot…Mt. Shasta

It’s been very hot and occasional smoke this week in the Mt. Shasta area.

Castle Lake

Great time to jump in a lake and cool off.

and here’s what happening on Mt. Shasta…

Avalanche Gulch 8-13-2012

Not looking so good for climbing. Lots of rock fall to be aware of. Still good climbing on the north and east side of Mt. Shasta. Give me a call for more details-530-926-3250

The Magic Mushroom Rock 12,800 ft.

This is over on the Clear Creek route.

Lots of Scree!

This is the least technical climb on Mt. Shasta. Wanna climb it- Here are dates still available Aug. 16-17, Aug. 18-19, Aug 25-26, Sept. 1-2, Sept. 8-9 and Sept 15, 16. There are 3 days available too…and

CREVASSE RESCUE & GLACIER TRAVEL

3-DAY SPECIAL FOR $395.00 ($200.00 OFF) (3 person minimum)

Dates available Aug. 24-25, Sept. 1-3, Sept. 11-13, Sept. 21-23 and Oct. 5-7

For more details, call me at 530-926-3250 or email robin@mountshastaguide.com

Old Ski Bowl

Wanna go on a hike? Great hiking on Mt. Shasta and the Mt. Shasta area. Lots of great hikes in my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun”. http://mountshastaguide.com/about-the-book/

Lupines are Blooming!

Have a great week!

More Rain and Snow This Week!

This past week has been…here are the pictures~

She's Fully Covered~Nice!

Above Lake Helen~Looking Good!

Looks like it’s going to be a great climbing season!

Let me help plan your trip~http://mountshastaguide.com/trip-planner/

Wondering what’s happening at Castle Lake~

Still Good Skiing!

and the waterfalls…

Fairy Falls

Watersheds are filling up!

Lake Siskiyou, Mt. Shasta

Looks like another 2+ feet of snow on Mt. Shasta by the end of the week-

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.37062534198901&lon=-122.19818115234375&site=mfr&smap=1&marine=0&unit=0&lg=en

Have a great week!

Mt. Shasta…A Windy Tease!

Wanna know how much snow we got…

New Snow on the Road

Enough to tour up the road~3 inches

Snow Getting Wind Blown!

She peaked out from the clouds. A few new inches up there.

Windy Up High!

Above 12,000 ft, winds are predicting to reach up to 90 m.p.h…that’s WINDY!

How about ICE SKATING~Check out this awesome video of Castle Lake my friend Ken Nelson put together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5YnIBIiCsQ

I know I keep repeating myself…Keep doing the “SNOW DANCE”!

and as always, Have a great weekend!

 

What’s Happening at Castle Lake…

With no snow in the near future, I’ve been wondering what the conditions are like at Castle and Heart Lake?

Castle Lake 12-09-2011, Klamath Mountain Range

I took a hike up to Heart Lake this morning to check out conditions. It’s absolutely beautiful for snow hiking.

There’s snow and a well booted path up but early morning makes it a icy hike up. Be prepared with the proper footwear.

Heart Lake

Heart Lake is frozen over. I didn’t see any skate tracks but did see foot tracks.

Here’s the scoop for safety and walking on ice from the National Association for Search and Rescue: 2 inches=walking, 4 inches=fishing, 5 inches=snowmobiles, 8-12 inches=vehicles

Castle Lake Up Close

There’s a nice thin layer of ice on Castle Lake.

This lake was once known to the Shasta and Wintu Indians as “Castle of the Devil”. They believed an evil spirit “Ku-Ku-Pa-Rick” lived in the lake and made the eerie echoing sounds heard in the winter. These noises were later to be discovered to be the movement of ice. It’s making those sounds!

and latest conditions on Mt. Shasta~

Avalanche Gulch 12-08-2011

Not much snow!

Down Gemini Tree

A great place to hang out and enjoy the mountain views!

Have a great weekend!