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Where the spirit leads the feet will follow.
Down distant paths for unmapped miles.
Heads forget but hearts remember:
The art of living knows no bounds.

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"The best way out is always through" - Robert Frost

Thursday, June 28, 2012

* Mount Shasta Day Hike

Marcie wants to climb Mount Shasta for her 50th Birthday in July, so we went up for a training climb and so she could learn a few basic mountaineering techniques.

The weather was perfect, the snow conditions we tolerable, and we ended up having a fantastic time climbing to Helen Lake on the Avalanche Gulch route.

Marcie learned a few basic climbing skills like layering systems, booth selection, crampon use, trekking pole techniques and the different climbing steps. Plus, proper ice axe use and self arrest skills. And because the conditions were right, she even got to glissade down from Helen Lake.

There is something very special and magical about Mount Shasta that draws you in, making one feel peaceful and untroubled, even after a hard day of climbing. I feel it every time I am there, and I think Marcie felt it too. A new mountaineer has been born.  

Mount Shasta from the Bunny Flat Trailhead

Sam in the meadow at Bunny Flat

Marcie on the trail to Horse Camp/Avalanche Gulch Route

A "Splattski"

The Sierra Club's Alpine Lodge at Horse Camp

Welcome to the Alpine Lodge

"The Causeway" to Avalanche Gulch

Gaining Altitude

Finally on snow


Marcie higher up Avalanche Gulch

Nearing Helen Lake

Bivy sites at Helen Lake

Almost to timberline

Glissading Avalanche Gulch

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