2005.09.04

Mt Shasta California mountain climb parking lot

Arthur secures his pack.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb parking lot group photo

So confident, so eager... so naive.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb trail

Dave shares a moment with nature.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb trail

The hike to Horse Camp afforded an excellent view of what was to come. The clouds conveniently masked the hard part.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb blisters trail

Arthur managed blisters a few hundred yards into the hike. After attending to them at the Horse Camp spring, he basically ignored the agony.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb The Causeway

Dave an Arthur catch their breath as the Causeway begins to ascend.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb climbers

Farther up, fatigue sets in. The entire day was a struggle with distance, height, and weight.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb view moraine climbers

The view from the second moraine was superb.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb snowline climbers

As the snowline and base camp approach, we take more and more breathers.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb tent camp

Base camp at last. We hastily pitch the tent and recover from the first leg.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb blister tent

That flap of skin would eventually be tugged down to the bottom of Arthur's heel.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb view weather climber

Daytime is cold and windy at altitude.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb weather tent Lake Helen

A cloud rolls in over the gulch. Lake Helen is vacant save for our tent and one other (not pictured). Seems the popular day to summit was the day we were ascending.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb tent camp Lake Helen

Lake Helen: rocks, snow, windbreaks.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb Lake Helen camp tent

The clouds hang ominously above our heroes.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb camping canned soup meal

Arthur and Dave eat like kings: canned soup, ravioli, and apple juice. A gold mine of heartiness.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb camping canned soup meal

David savors the last of his tin.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb Maxim magazine

David savors Kelly Monaco in the few minutes of down time at Lake Helen.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb weather storm rain valley

A rainstorm that started several valleys over reaches the adjacent valley. Luckily it travelled north around the mountain.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb view storm rain sunset Lake Helen

Arthur and Dave enjoy the fantastic sunset view from Lake Helen.

Mt Shasta California mountain climb rain weather sunset Lake Helen

Darkness falls and bed time approaches. The 3am journey to the summit will require much rest.