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#46623 - 06/09/16 10:46 AM Shasta 6/4 Glissading, Summits, and Costly Mistakes
Snacking Bear Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 471
Loc: Saugus, CA
10 out of 15 California 14'ers down!

A few of you follow me on FB/Insta and have seen my posts regarding my recent climb on Shasta. A great trip, with a couple snafus in the end.

Regardless, makes a good story. Follow the link below to the full trip report + links to another site that has photos of the Avalanche gulch route.

It can make a good discussion of glissading (RE the struggles Whitney climbers face in the Chute), and the importance of being prepared!

Read the report here, and follow the link.
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#46625 - 06/09/16 11:38 AM Re: Shasta 6/4 Glissading, Summits, and Costly Mistakes [Re: Snacking Bear]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
My goodness, Dude!!!

Next time you climb a mountain with SO many other climbers, ask everyone you meet if they have a spare pair of sunglasses!!! I'd bet if you asked ten people, you would come up with something. I once got a bad welder's burn -- electric spark flash. I know how it hurts, and my symptoms weren't nearly as bad as yours!

And everyone carries their sunscreen -- you could have borrowed some of that at least!

Most hikers would be willing to loan you things. I once ruined my lighter and foolishly had not packed spare matches. Next person I encountered gave me her lighter! On half dome, my niece was getting some bad blisters, and someone gave her an extra pair of socks.

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#46626 - 06/09/16 11:52 AM Re: Shasta 6/4 Glissading, Summits, and Costly Mistakes [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 471
Loc: Saugus, CA
Good point.

I did ask a few people for spare glasses. No go. One guy even stopped me to inquire why I wasn't wearing glasses. He didn't have any spares either.

I also note that I pulled my bandanna low, and my wind mask high. I thought that this should cover my face enough.

I removed my bandanna and mask combo at the start of my glissade. The one wisecrack who commented on my face did so about 30 minutes from the car, so I didn't even bother to ask for sunscreen.

I SHOULD have asked for sunscreen though, for sure.
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#46627 - 06/09/16 12:29 PM Re: Shasta 6/4 Glissading, Summits, and Costly Mistakes [Re: Snacking Bear]
2600fromatari Offline


Registered: 10/18/10
Posts: 452
Loc: San Diego
Keyboard pundit says, "Much to learn, you still have." LOL. laugh

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#46628 - 06/09/16 12:49 PM Re: Shasta 6/4 Glissading, Summits, and Costly Mistakes [Re: 2600fromatari]
Snacking Bear Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 471
Loc: Saugus, CA
Yep. You know, more than most!
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#46629 - 06/09/16 04:00 PM Re: Shasta 6/4 Glissading, Summits, and Costly Mistakes [Re: Snacking Bear]
goldscott Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 112
Loc: San Diego, CA
Epic tale, buddy! Great read. I always put sunscreen on in the dark before starting, and always make sure I have my glasses in my shoulder strap pocket. Did you see many skiers/boarders?

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#46630 - 06/09/16 07:16 PM Re: Shasta 6/4 Glissading, Summits, and Costly Mistakes [Re: goldscott]
Snacking Bear Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 471
Loc: Saugus, CA
Tons, dude. Tons. It's nirvana up there right now.
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