I have this goal, to climb all 15 of the California peaks over 14,000'. They're called "the 14'ers". I haven't really set a timeline for my goal, because I figure I'll be living in California for a while, but I got to thinking at the beginning of this year how I've almost been living here 5 years already and have only climbed 1 of the California 14'ers. I've climbed some 14'ers in Colorado, Washington and Utah, but only 1 in California. So I've planned out to accomplish few of them this year to get the ball rolling again. Mount Shasta was the 1st on the agenda this year.
I've been wanting to climb Shasta for the last couple of years, but since its in Northern California, we knew it would take us a longer weekend to go and summit the thing. Also, I knew I wanted to mountaineer the Avalanche Gulch Route. It's been a couple of years since I've last done any true mountaineering with the Utah Climbing club, so my original plan was to go with Michael and summit a pretty "mellow" (less-technical) route for our first Mountaineering route together. However, the last couple of years, we could never find the time to make it up there. So finally, this year my friend Ashima was telling me how she would like to go mountaineering for the first time, and I jumped at the opportunity! I told her how we should go do Mount Shasta, and she seemed stoked on the idea.Read More