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  1. #751
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    Thanks Schralph, I feel like you have the answer to just about every question in this thread. Every TR and route guide I could find for the Brewer Creek trail head said the road was garbage. Glad to hear that's not the case now. Now I just need the weather to hold up.

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    Park road will open 5.27

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    Holy crap, I nearly got skunked on Mt. Shasta on Saturday. Literally, well, actually, the fucker gave me the biggest stink eye and said the summit block was all his.
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    I was so stunned it didn't even dawn on me that I should risk the wrath of the dude to get a selfie with him.
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    Conditions for the ski down were the best I've experienced on Shasta, with about a half-foot of consolidated powder from the summit through the Trinity Chutes transitioning to porn below the Chutes to Lake Helen, followed by really good corn on the west facing slopes to about 8,500 feet. The last 1,500 feet was wet snow, however the snow in the creek went to within 1/4 mile of Bunny Flat.

    Sorry for the upside down photos. I'm too lazy to fix them.

  4. #754
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    Made my way up to Shasta this weekend. I was rolling solo so I skipped out on the hotoon and opted for the more popular avalanche gulch. That being said I did drive over to brewer creek to check it out and you can drive all the way to the trail head now. I got to bunny flat Friday during the rain/fog so I got a nice parking spot. Saturday was still rainy and overcast so I hung out and waited for the sun to finally come out. I knew it would be busy but I didn't anticipate so many people. It was like half of Northern California showed up just to take a picture at the trail head and leave.

    I gave it a go Sunday. Dirt hiking to horse camp with skinnable snow from there. The snow however was destroyed from the masses post holing so skinning was quite a bitch. Opted for the bootpack after a little while and should've made that call a little earlier. The wind was the xfactor for the day and unfortunately it was just a bit too much. The climbers gully kept you fairly sheltered from the wind but once you got below helen it was unavoidable. I knew I wouldn't be summiting so I climbed up to the exposed rocks climbers left above helen while getting destroyed with little ice/snow pellets the whole time. I watched one guys tent just crumble in the wind, looked like he snapped a pole. Almost lost a glove down the mountain as well due to the wind.

    Skiing down was phenomenal. I dropped just after 10 from 11.3k and the moraine's skied really well. Corn was about as perfect as it gets. It almost felt like taunting. Slashing amazing turns above the hordes of people suffering up the gully below me. Made my way back to horse camp in about 20 minutes and walked back out. I always get a kick out of the tourists when I'm hiking and the questions they ask.

    Sorry for the no picture post but the wind just kept me from taking out any devices.

  5. #755
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    Just got back from Shasta. Had to dig our way into Brewer Creek TH on Saturday. Got stuck trying on Friday. Had to dig out in the pissing rain, no fun. Camp about a mile town the road in the pissing rain, no fun. Saturday we were determined to get to the TH, and after helping to get a Subaru unstuck in the same place we stuck a Silverado 4x4 we headed up and had to do a little road work, but made to the end. Soon after the hoards started to arrive. Skinned up to about 10K the first day and camped at the TH. Skinned in to last decent trees to camp, then skinned up to about 11K. Wind was pretty brutal, and summiters said the top was horrific. Monday we started about 4 AM and the wind was slightly better but still high. Have it up at 12,800 and skied a mix of wires and variable snow. The rain on Friday went to at least 12,800', so made for a very funky snow pack on the Wintun glacier. Lots of mani on the way out, but did get about 1,000' of good corn. Wired weekend for sure.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

  6. #756
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    Quote Originally Posted by hutash View Post
    Just got back from Shasta. Had to dig our way into Brewer Creek TH on Saturday. Got stuck trying on Friday. Had to dig out in the pissing rain, no fun. Camp about a mile town the road in the pissing rain, no fun. Saturday we were determined to get to the TH, and after helping to get a Subaru unstuck in the same place we stuck a Silverado 4x4 we headed up and had to do a little road work, but made to the end. Soon after the hoards started to arrive. Skinned up to about 10K the first day and camped at the TH. Skinned in to last decent trees to camp, then skinned up to about 11K. Wind was pretty brutal, and summiters said the top was horrific. Monday we started about 4 AM and the wind was slightly better but still high. Have it up at 12,800 and skied a mix of wires and variable snow. The rain on Friday went to at least 12,800', so made for a very funky snow pack on the Wintun glacier. Lots of mani on the way out, but did get about 1,000' of good corn. Wired weekend for sure.
    White Silverado? If so I saw you guys back there and was impressed you were camping out in that rain Friday night. I'm also amazed that anyone got to the summit, that wind was brutal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Gillis View Post
    The snow however was destroyed from the masses post holing so skinning was quite a bitch. Opted for the bootpack after a little while and should've made that call a little earlier.
    That brings back memories from years ago in that gully ... it's even worse trying to skin the refrozen bootpack-mess on a splitboard. You're never quite sure when you'll just lose all grip from your edges getting high centered on bootpack chunder! Definitely best to boot the chunder until you can get up on the flanks above the gully!

    I'm glad people were getting after Shasta this weekend despite suckass weather ... we opted for a day of shuttle-served on Mount Ashland, and the north aspects of Shasta were still looking super fat! (Primo dirt on Ashland right now btw, everything was raked out perfectly for Spring Thaw and nothing is really beat up yet)
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  8. #758
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    Yep, we were the two idiots camping in the rain.

    Winds were howling at altitude. At least the sun was shining so it wasn't too cold, but it definitely funked up the snow pack.

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    Shadow of Shasta extending across the valley was nice to enjoy along with a flask of single malt scotch.
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    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

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    btw, does anybody know how to get pictures to load correctly?

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

  10. #760
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    HW was in good shape yesterday. Blue skies and no wind. Brewer TH is open and skinnable about .25mi in. Good corn from summit to about 10K. Ideal drop time probably 11-1130 on a day like we had.

  11. #761
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    ^^^Missed it by a day.

    Glad you had a good day. We had fun on Monday, just didn't have great skiing conditions.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

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    The Avalanche Gulch route was great on Saturday, 6/2, albeit a bit busy! Dirt up to Horse Camp and frozen bootpacking shortly after that. I started skinning at about 9,700' and switched to boot crampons above Helen Lake, around 2/3rd of the way to Thumb Rock. 11:30-12:30 seemed to be the ideal time for corn. It was a bit rocky on the summit pinnacle, so I dropped from the top of Misery Hill after snapping a few pics on the summit. Smooth conditions and as expected, total mash down near Horse Camp later on in the afternoon. Here are a few pics:

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    View from Bunny Flat on 6/1

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    Following the rest of the climbers up towards Red Banks

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    Looking off towards Misery Hill from the top of Red Banks

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    The home stretch!

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    View of Hotlum-Wintun Ridge area from summit

    On the way home, I drove through Lassen Park. Here's how the NE face is holding up:
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  13. #763
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    A little late getting posted and pictures up, but for those of you thinking about heading up to shasta this weekend, it was amazing last week and should still be good. Last week probably had the best conditions I've ever had (over 20 years of skiing Shasta) on the east side. We went up from Brewer Cr Trailhead and were on snow within 20 min's. Camped at the moraine and summitted around 10:30. Hung out for a while up top (and forced to listen to some idiot's backpack boombox!). We chose to ski down a "spicier" line skier's left of the usual ramp. It drops onto the Hotlum-Wintun snowfield but the fall line drops to the cliffs above the Hotlum. It was untracked and fantastic. No sun cups all the way down to camp!

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  14. #764
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtndaddy View Post
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    Man! that is some aggressive skinning


    It is interesting how much snow there is up high, yet down below is well burnt.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

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    What day was it? The week before they got a foot of snow and I was wondering how long it took to corn up.

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  16. #766
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    We were there Memorial Weekend, just after the storm, and the corn was not very well formed. Seems like by Tuesday/Wednesday it was much better.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

  17. #767
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    Awesome beta, Mtndaddy & Ptown - thanks! Thinking of heading up there Wed-Fri this week.

  18. #768
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    awesome photos guys; looks like still good coverage!

    headed up this weekend to brewer creek th; curious on road conditions currently. Can a low clearance vehicle make it? thanks in advance.

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    You can get there in a regular car.
    Last mile a little worse, but still doable

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    From today, Brewer Creek. Go ski it, it's really really good.Click image for larger version. 

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  21. #771
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    Skied HW route from Brewer Creek on Thursday 6/14 and it was still in great. ~45 min of hiking before we hit snow, initial section was suncupped, but everything from 10,000-14,000 was awesome. Road was a breeze even in a heavily loaded down Suby. Left the TH at ~6:30AM, summited around noon and dropped right away; we were maybe 20 minutes late but the snow was still super good. Shoot for 11:30 for perfect probably.

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    Great shots and info on the HW route - thank you! I'm hoping to get one more trip in for the season if the weather will cooperate with my schedule!

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    Did Avy Gulch on Fri (6/15). Good, long day starting at 1:30M from Bunny Flat: put skins and ski crampons on at around 8800' and kept them on to below Red Rocks. Switched to boot crampons and left the skis near Thumb Rock. Summited around 10AM, came down to Thumb Rock and started skiing around 11AM or so. Snow wasn't great - kinda crusty due to light winds and clouds - but it was also a bit early still. I would expect 12800 to 10k to be good skiing on a good weather day. Below 10k was pretty sun cupped and more survival skiing, but still better than walking (barely).

    Good, fun day to be out there. Thanks for the kickass thread of pics and beta!

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    Lassen / Shasta Conditions Anyone?

    Heading down this weekend from the Hood River area and looking to spend a week or so in the area with a ski of Shasta somewhere in there. I did Avalanche Gulch years ago and am looking at HW this go around. I noticed about a 45 minute walk to snow currently from Brewer. Should I expect that to change significantly by the start of next week?

    Definitely going to spend time looking more through this thread for suggestions but happy to hear any tips on stuff to see/do in the general area...

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    I doubt it will change too much over one week. Take the time to scope the low drainages from above once you gain some elevation. You can usually work it on the descent and stay on snow longer than may be apparent from near the TH as you climb. Dropping skier's right in a narrow snow gully then hanging a left and
    walking back to the TH usually pays off. Just don't go too low. GPS helps.

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