Fun Times on Mount Shasta

Trip Start Jun 15, 2008
Trip End Aug 16, 2008

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This trip was pure fun.  Mount Shasta stands just a little over 14,000 feet all by its lonesome up in Northern California.  This beast of a mountain looks like its surrounded by hills.  I arrived the day before the climb, so I didn't have quite as much time as I did at Rainier to stew over my chances for summiting.  The Shasta climb was split into three days, day one to base camp, day two to summit, and day three out of base camp.  Our climbing group was great on this trip.  Everyone gelled quickly and got along great for the entire trip.  We knew we were all going to get along well on the first night at base camp.  I was brushing my teeth and attempting to perform the act of spewing my toothpaste across the rocks so as to limit damage to the environment.  As I was getting ready to perform, one of the guys in our group, Rob, yelled out "Entertain me monkey boy."  It was pretty much downhill from there.  Thanks to Kirah, Meg, Mel, Linda, Rob, Josh, Amanda, and Danny for making this a great trip.

The summit day was a tough fourteen hour day up and down some pretty steep rock.  We got to do some really cool night hiking, and once the sun came up, we could see the mountain above us and a cloud blanket below us.  That made this mountain feel even higher than 14,000.  Maybe that's why the altitude really got to me on this one.  At about 12,500, I started to get a pretty bad headache, and from there it just got worse, queasy stomach, drunkeness, etc.  I did the gross "throw up in your mouth" thing a few times, and Rob asked me close to the top, "Are you okay?  You're wobbling."  Thanks to Rob, who convinced me we were close at one point by telling me we were just "two turns" away, whatever that meant.  It sounded close to the top at the time.  Also thanks to Meg, who did some nice work on the summit to help me get my bearings.  We eventually made it back down, and Meg and Kirah treated us to a delicious burrito dinner at camp, followed by a visit by me to the "target," which is literally a paper target for taking care of business. 

On the third day, we hiked out and all had a great lunch together.  Danny, Rob, Josh, Amanda, and I then went to a nearby lake and engaged in "non-mom-approved" behavior like jumping off of rocks and rope swings.

Oh yeah, I also visited Crater Lake on the way to Mount Shasta.
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