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Spent last summer in northern California hiking around. Some backpacking in the redwood forest and then some hiking on Shasta.

Shasta requires a permit for going over 10K ft. This can be bought for about 20 bucks at Bunny flats.
Wasnt sure what I was in for so I took off to see if I could get to the 10K elevation. Hike started about 75K. Must admit at 9K I was a bit winded.
Passed some folk coming down with cliff climbing equipment. Didnt tak to them . 2 groups came down with same equipment.Not sure if it was required or not. Trip was not planned so I wasnt sure what to expect.. Then out of nowhere Budda boy flew by me.
So has anyone done this peak? @ 9500 ft I pulled totally winded out. The Budda guy was really moving.
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Haven't been there but looks nice..you get used to the altitude after a few days.

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Climbed it back in the 1990's. I have an old picture somewhere if I can find it. I was on a solo road trip up to Canada from San Diego and wanted to climb another 14 teener on the way. No permit. No ice climbing gear. I just threw a claw hammer in my day pack and took off. Boots, shorts and a t-shirt. I went up the southern route. There is a moderate steep section below the summit but other than that , I remember it was a fun climb. When I got to the top I realized I forgot my camera. Shortly after three young blokes made the summit and took a picture of me and said they would mail it to me. They did!
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rockhopper wrote:
Climbed it back in the 1990's. I have an old picture somewhere if I can find it. I was on a solo road trip up to Canada from San Diego and wanted to climb another 14 teener on the way. No permit. No ice climbing gear. I just threw a claw hammer in my day pack and took off. Boots, shorts and a t-shirt. I went up the southern route. There is a moderate steep section below the summit but other than that , I remember it was a fun climb. When I got to the top I realized I forgot my camera. Shortly after three young blokes made the summit and took a picture of me and said they would mail it to me. They did!
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Good to know. I'll be back. Unlike the Last chance meadows for Langley I didnt see any food storage areas or even the requirement for bear containers. Guess no bears. Wasn't even crowded. How long to peak it?

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As I recall the climb only took maybe a few hours of "spirited" climbing. No real trail, no switch backs, just straight up rock / snow / Ice scramble. I did use my Claw hammer a few times as I didn't bring proper ice climbing gear but I was determined to make the summit. As far as bears, I am old school and stow my food in a stuff bag and throw a line over a high branch. I do get woken up on occasion and hurl rocks into the trees to shoe them away.
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In 82 a few friends an I attempted Mt Williamson. The previous year we did Langley and Whitney on one trip. We were ready. We crossed the big boulder field and set up camp. Going to the last bit the next day. Was looking forward in going up the chimney. That night a low pressure moved and it snowed. The slope up and the chimney was covered. Though we had the strap on ice cleats it was really bad. We called it quits. We planned coming back next year but everyones plans changed. First time up Whitney in 97 I died at the cables. The second time after Langley we approached from the back west side, a 5 day trip. Best trip ever.
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