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South Side Conditions Update

Climbing Route(s): Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge
Trailhead(s): Bunny Flat
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 7:30am
Position: 
Climbing Ranger

General Conditions on Jul 8, 2019

Conditions: 

Climbing conditions continue to hold on for this 4th of July weekend. The snow has melted from Bunny Flat trailhead and the summer trail is nearly melted out. PLEASE stay on path as best you can in an effort to limit resource degradation. The trail is wanded to Horse Camp and we are asking all traffic to please take this path for the remainder of the season. 

The snow below Lake Helen is melting fast and many tracks, sun cups, and even a few rocks are showing. Above Lake Helen, a good boot pack ascends Avalanche Gulch towards Thumb Rock. Many climbers have been climbing around the right end of the Red Banks near the Thumb, however, it is advised to climb through one of the Red Bank's right side chutes from now on as this avoids the dangerous crevasse features of the Konwakiton. Many rocks are showing above the Red Bank's. Please watch your step and try not to kick down a loose rock. 

A rather deep glissade path has formed in the middle of the Avalanche Gulch route. This track may be difficult to exit once you begin glissading as it is well overhead high in sections. Make sure to keep it under control and allow the snow to fully soften before attempting this icy slide.  Always remember to take your crampons OFF before glissading.

The Casaval ridge route has melted out significantly and reports indicate that the Catwalk currently requires crossing a large section of exposed rock. This route is best done early to mid-season with ample snow coverage, this is no longer the case. 


Looking southwest towards the top of Misery Hill from the summit. 


Sunrise from Lake Helen.


The ever-widening Konwakiton bergschrund around the right end of the Red Banks near the Thumb.  Note:  The Red Banks chutes are more favorable as this avoids the dangerous crevasse features of the Konwakiton. PLEASE do not through trash in the cravasse!


Looking south towards the Thumb.


Looking down Avalanche Gulch from the Red Banks.