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  1. #901
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Ha! That's how the Lemurians role.
    I'll be up there on Monday/skiing Tuesday.
    Bringing a friend, so not sure how quick we will be...
    Should have recognized your van from your post earlier.
    Those North Gate Chutes are a great run. Fun climbing!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOkNL_wzuLw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ZWY_Ee3y0
    Damn the climbing looked intense that year haha, what are you guys gonna ski Tuesday?

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    Where are those chutes?

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  3. #903
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post
    Where are those chutes?
    Here is a Google Earth pic with my gps track from last Tuesday.
    Followed the trail up (left track) and on up the moraine. Right track is my descent.
    The North Gate Chutes can be seen from the trailhead - circled in red.
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    Searching 'North Gate Chutes' on my Flickr brings up these images from over the years.
    https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_...tes&view_all=1

  4. #904
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Gillis View Post
    Damn the climbing looked intense that year haha, what are you guys gonna ski Tuesday?
    Not sure. There is also another route on the lower road heading closer to the east side.
    I call it the Inconstance Creek TH.
    Head up directly to the North Gate Chutes or take a left line, hugging the Inconstance Creek drainage.
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  5. #905
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Not sure. There is also another route on the lower road heading closer to the east side.
    I call it the Inconstance Creek TH.
    Head up directly to the North Gate Chutes or take a left line, hugging the Inconstance Creek drainage.
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    Iím up on the road to the clear creek trail head now. At about 5800 feet before getting blocked by some snow. Heading up tomorrow for a two dayer. Will post results when I get back.

  6. #906
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnarbro365 View Post
    Lassen this morning
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    Thanks for the Lassen report. Can you bandit camp in that parking lot to get an early start on the hill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chill winston View Post
    Thanks for the Lassen report. Can you bandit camp in that parking lot to get an early start on the hill?
    I doubt it. The park is open and staffed during the day. There is tons of forest service land that is free just outside the park entrance. Itís only a 10 minute drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chill winston View Post
    Thanks for the Lassen report. Can you bandit camp in that parking lot to get an early start on the hill?
    Iíve not ever seen enforcement of no camping rules in that parking lot. Iíve slept multiple nights in that lot.
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    There is a "No camping" sign that I had never noticed before at the entrance to the devastated area parking lot. My experience at Lassen NP parking lots has been the Rangers are not out early. I have always slept in my car with nothing left outside and been hiking before seeing them. It used to be $10 entry until the road was open all the way but Saturday was $30. We parked extra cars outside the park and carpooled. Saturday the snow above treeline looked a little dimpled but skied very smooth. We took two runs below the middle rock buttress. The approach is still a pretty short hike to easy skinning on suncups.

  10. #910
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    Shasta is skiing as good as it gets. Snowpack is unreal, and we got a nice solid freeze to below Bunny on Sunday. Get some!



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    Great stuff, meter-man!

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    Meter man, are these the east facing chutes on shastina? I've heard the are steep and fun

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    Can agree that shasta is primo right now. Avoid AG, two CHP Astar rescues in two days this weekend. Evidently someone tomahawked 2k from the thumb sunday morning and had severe head trauma. It was generally a cluster, so many morons up there in these nice weather windows.

    Props to the CHP pilots - watching them do a hoist at 11500 was impressive.

    Anyways it looked like hotlum wintun was totally untracked, trailhead is still snowed in for a couple miles.

  14. #914
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    Hotlum/Bolum out of North Gate was good on Tuesday.
    Really good!
    One hour hike to skinnable snow. The suncups were only in the flats heading around the corner to the H/B route.
    Skied down from 11,000' at 10am.
    Perfect corn window for that time/elevation.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/2445378828
    We headed skiers left before that second drop to grab more turns.
    You gotta hit that bowl - it was really good!
    Prime time corn right now!

  15. #915
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    Meter- how filled in are the cracks in the Whitney, particularly the big one u need to deal with on the out?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpy View Post
    Meter- how filled in are the cracks in the Whitney, particularly the big one u need to deal with on the out?


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    Whitney was cruiser. All snowbridges were still covered with winter snowpack, but the big one/two at the top were starting to open. It looked like at least 2-4 weeks before things would start to open up. Lotsa rockfall coming down Shastina though so head's up - it's a real shooting gallery down there.
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  17. #917
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    Your pic of the Whitney north face head wall in the background looks sick. Did it look as appealing closer up on your out?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpy View Post
    Your pic of the Whitney north face head wall in the background looks sick. Did it look as appealing closer up on your out?


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    Yeah man, we were ogling that thing hard. We couldn't believe it, but there was a chute that went all the way through, except for a chockstone about 150 (??) feet down. Hard to judge relative scale, so not sure how big or nasty it was. I did not take any good pics, but you can see the chute between the guys on the skyline in this shot:

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    Exit onto the upper glacier looked fine too. But yeah, Shasta is soooooo stacked. I doubt that line comes into condition often. There was still six feet of pack behind the Bunny Flat sign in the lot. Crazy.
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  19. #919
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    Gimpy, if you're taking about skiing off of the West sumit of shasta down to the Whitney glacier (or more likely from the summit plateau down to the whitney) - which is what i think you see in the background, then i don't think that route is that steep. you can look at the topo. Fallen Angel (shastina direct to the whitney glacier, which is what i think Meterman skiied) is steeper, as are the Thumbs down chutes. ps. i might be heading up that way this weekend or next, if anyone is looking for partners.

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    The ne shastina run is called angel wings


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    go get it gimpy & hankey!

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    not as steep as 'Tina, but always worthy to drop direct from 14k. We'll call it the gimpy-hankey headwall
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    sure its not as steep but......those other lines always come into shape and ive already been on them. hoping to take a closer look next weekend. thanks for the inspiration mm+++

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    I know Clear Creek isnít usually the first ski descent of choice on Shasta but I was solo this week and wanted an easy climb.

    Started out Thursday morning about 1.3 road miles (5,800 elev) below the trail head due to a big downed tree which has since been removed. One can now get to about .9 miles of the trail head with more snow melting each day.

    Took it mellow walking up the road dodge snow patches until I finally put on my skis and started skinning at 6,400. Coincidentally it was just below the true trail head. From there it was easy skinning on soft snow up the ridge overlooking Mud Creek Canyon. A few bare patches to dodge and some sizable suncups but the softness made it a fun skin.

    The falls looked great across the way and the ridge is loaded with snow. Couldnít tell if that was normal or what but either way I eventually got up to tree line around 8,200 and found a bare spot under a few trees to set up camp.

    Slept great that night, too great, and got off to a real late start the next day. Luckily the boot up was 75/25 beautiful/too soft. I made up some good time and managed to hit mushroom rock (12,800?) at 2:30. It was mostly dry booting to the summit plateau from there so I opted for the full descent due to it being late.

    Again I would say I got lucky and I ended up with pretty spectacular snow from mushroom rock all the way down to about 8,500 before it got a little sticky. Skiing on the upper mountain was soft yet fast and so much fun. Not a very steep route but itís really fun to just open up and haul ass down.

    Made the quick transition back up to camp and spent one more night up there before packing it up and skiing back down early this morning. Skiing down from camp wasnít terrible. Somewhat odd with the suncups but the eastern side of the ridge was pretty smooth and fun to surf down.

    All in all I would definitely try that route again in a good year like this. Still has a few more weeks of good smooth snow on the upper mountain but definitely getting cooked fast.

    Ready to get back up there next week!

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    Nice! It's been a few years since I've been on that route. Thanx for the pics! Love that view into Mud Creek Canyon with the waterfall.

    I'll never forget dropping 'shrooms and getting the Campylobacter food poisoning symptoms from an earlier meal
    just as the 'shrooms hit while on one of my month long trips up at that trailhead back in the '90's...
    Had to drive all the way back to Shasta to get to the emergency room.
    Wow!
    Fun times!

    Looks like I'll be back in the North Gate area on Mon/Tue. Can't wait!
    Hoping for the Inconstance Creek TH.
    Still gotta wait for the Gravel Creek TH to open up...
    Thanx for the TR.

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    anybody been to lassen lately? how's the cupping look?

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