Zeus Exploits

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. It's better to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, with body totally worn out and screaming ~"WOO HOO what a ride!"

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Location: Granite Bay, CA

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Climbed Shasta

Zeus (far left)and the Gang of 9 Climbers!

At Horse Camp for Lunch and to set up Camp!

Practicing the French Step and Use of the Ice Ax

1:30 in the climbing up to Helen Lake. Using head lamps and with 20+ people climbing over a 1/4 of a mile, it looked surreal to see these tiny strobes of light in complete darkness.

2500' and 4 hours later, we made it to Helen Lake. The wind was blowing and very cold.

This is the route up to the Red Banks (rock outcropping at the top). I made it just below this and turned around when my calves started cramping. If you click on the picture you'll be able to see two little dots/people next to the avalanche field. The perspective on this is very deceiving. Higher up is where a climber fell while climbing alone and with no helmet. He spun out of control down the mountain and, by the grace of God, he was stopped by two climbers who dug their crampons into the ice and braced themselves. He ended up having a fractured ankle, ribs and a concussion. It took them at least 5 hours to get him down the mountain to the trail head where a helicopter picked him up.

Mark at Helen Lake - the views were just indescribable.

The way back down to Horse Camp from Helen Lake. Not much glissading (sliding down on your butt) because the snow was too soft.

Later that day, the clouds were back and Kurt, our only summiteer, takes a look back at the mountain.


Blogger HannaN said...

This looks like a really epic trip! The mountains in Norway will be childs play for you :)

2:19 PM  
Blogger Zeus said...

California is an amazing place geographically. The highest peak in the contiguous 48 states is Mt. Whitney ( a few hundred feet higher than Mt. Shasta) and the lowest place is Death Valley less than 100 miles away. Mountains, desert, ocean, "wine country". Not to brag, but I do love it here.

10:53 AM  

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