The week of exertion! I started up Mt Shasta on Monday evening, hiking 1.7 miles from the trailhead to Horse Camp, a Sierra Club outpost at 7900ft.
After a few mysterious events (I think the mountain is haunted or something), I went to bed early for a 3am start. I hiked up 2500ft to Helen Lake (a popular camping spot), where I switched into boots & crampons. The final 3700ft are up a steep snowfield, punctuated by the occasional rocky cleaver or cliff band. I stopped just below the summit to see the hot volcanic vents, then continued to the top by 8am. It was cold-ish, 40s and windy, so after some quick photos & summit logbook, I headed down. A 4-hour descent and a whole pizza completed the day.
But, I had killed 2.5 days around Mt Shasta, so I cruised some mileage the rest of the week. After three 30-mile days and 9 miles on Saturday, I was in Etna!
Day 91: (July 20th)
Day 92: (July 21st)
Day 93: (July 22nd)
Day 94: (July 23rd)
Day 95: (July 24th)
Day 96: (July 25th)
This was a beautiful section, Castle Crags park and the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The cool temperatures, moderate terrain, and lack of mosquitoes & poison oak = my favorite section of NorCal.
Next week I’ll be in Oregon!
Beautiful scenery and all that snow! How are your feet doing? You will be so conditioned when you get back, probably will not need car except for long trips! Ha! Ha!
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Feet are still doing good! Got new shoes only 300 miles ago, and getting new insoles on Friday! Happy feet makes a happy hiker