Mount Shasta Avalanche and Climbing Information

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April 14, 2019 @ 6:48 am

The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center has closed its doors for the 2018-2019 winter season. We will resume issuing daily avalanche advisories in the fall of 2019.

The climbing rangers will be updating the 'overall climbing conditions' and 'climbing route' webpages throughout the 2019 climbing season. Avalanche activity will likely continue to occur this spring throughout the advisory area. For an overview of the most common springtime avalanche concerns, please read the full spring avalanche statement below.

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No current avalanche forecast is available

No current avalanche forecast is available

No current avalanche forecast is available

May 23, 2019

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 The weekend is upon us and everyone is watching the weather.  The Mt Shasta recreational forecast is a good one to check, as well as the forecast discussion. Memorial weekend is historically one of the busiest of the season. We imagine many folks are coming no matter what. Inevitably, one group will make an attempt to climb into a whiteout and everyone else will follow. The weather looks to be setting up perfect for a search of a lost climber: clear in the morning followed by increasing clouds throughout the day. This is a trap. Once above +/- 12,000 feet, you are on the upper mountain. It is VERY easy to descned the WRONG side of the mountain in poor visibility conditions. It happens every year. If you are climbing Avalanche Gulch, Redbanks is your decision point. Below Redbanks in a whiteout, at least your on the side of the mountain that you came up. One can wander downhill, likely runnning across Helen Lake camp eventually. If you're above Redbanks and without navigation tools in a whiteout, best of luck to you. Even seasoned rangers and guides can tell you many stories about becoming completely disoriented in whiteouts on Mt Shasta. Wandering off the wrong side of the mountain is a bad deal as glaciers will be encountered as well as a long search event likely to ensue. So...don't take this lightly folks: Play it safe this weekend, don't climb into a whiteout, carry navigation tools and be prepared for winter-like conditions, new snow and potential avalanche danger.

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