Mount Shasta: The Ups and Downs of Climbing a Glaciated Volcano (photos only)

MOUNT SHASTA

Mount Shasta, far and away Northern California’s dominant peak, rising two vertical miles above its surrounding landscape, is by any metric a serious mountain, 14,000 feet of rock and ice (oh, and on the inside: lava).

People really die up there (though in fairness, it hasn’t been lava’s fault for at least a quarter of a millenium- probably longer).

So yeah, people die up there.

Not me, though.  I just fly.

Up

About to climb Mt. Shasta, 2002. (photo by some random dude)
About to ascend Mt. Shasta, 2002.
(photo by some random dude)
About to climb Mt. Shasta, 2010. (photo by some random dude who thought we were some kind of semi-famous elite mountain climbers or whatever)
About to ascend Mt. Shasta, 2010.
(photo by some random dude who thought we were some kind of semi-famous elite mountain climbers or whatever)
About to climb Mt. Shasta. (photo by D. Moore)
About to ascend Mt. Shasta, 2010.
(photo by D. Moore)

 

Down

About to descend Mt. Shasta. (photo by P. Reich)
About to descend Mt. Shasta, 2002.
(photo by P. Reich)
About to descend Mt. Shasta (not from the summit), 2010. (photo by D. Speredelozzi)
About to descend Mt. Shasta, 2010.
(photo by D. Speredelozzi)
About to descend Mt. Shasta (by helicopter), 2010. (photo by D. Moore)
About to go for a ride in a helicopter (not by design), 2010.
(photo by D. Moore)

 

(coming soon: the story behind the photos)

 

Crazy Shades of Winter

I eat breakfast for energy!(photo by K. Riley)
I eat breakfast for energy!
(photo by K. Riley)

Winter means different things in different cities.

Boston:

Do you have any idea what the street value of this street is? (photo by BostonHerald.com)
Do you have any idea what the street value of this street is?
(photo by BostonHerald.com)

San Francisco:

It's gonna be cold, cold, cold, cold, cold. (photo by D. Speredelozzi)
It’s gonna be cold, cold, cold, cold, cold.
(photo by D. Speredelozzi)

Winter means different things in different states.

Massachusetts:

100 feet above sea level. (photo by Dave Speredelozzi)
100 feet above sea level.
(photo by Dave Speredelozzi)

California:

6,000 feet above sea level. (photo by Deek Speredelozzi)
6,000 feet above sea level.
(photo by Deek Speredelozzi)

Winter means different things to different people.

Noah:


 

 Deek:


 

 

 

I Can See My House From Here!

(photo by D. Speredelozzi)
(photo by D. Speredelozzi)

These days, you hear a lot of talk about how people look down on San Francisco; but few take it to this level.

These guys posted some pretty cool video footage of their aerial pleasure cruise around the skies above San Francisco the other day.  You wanna see it?  Click here.

This looks fun.

No Talkin’, Man… All Action

Look, Ma- no brains!! (photo by D. Speredelozzi)
Look, Ma- no brains!!
(photo by D. Speredelozzi)

Nothing for a mother to worry about here.

The ruins of the 120-year-old Sutro Baths, far out in the northwesternmost corner of San Francisco. (photo by D. Speredelozzi)
The ruins of the 120-year-old Sutro Baths, far out in the northwesternmost corner of San Francisco.
(photo by D. Speredelozzi)

They call them King Tides; and for about three days each year, they hurl the ocean harder and higher against the coastline than at any other time.

I made my way down to the Cliff House and Sutro Baths this morning, arriving about a half an hour after the peak high tide.

The beach is a place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real. (photo by D. Speredelozzi)
The beach is a place where a man can feel he’s the only soul in the world that’s real.
(photo by D. Speredelozzi)

There sure was a lot of water being tossed about – all the more noteworthy when you consider that this was a day with no wind and no other aerial, aquatic, or tectonic upsets that might stir the soup up that much more.

Let the tide in, and set, me free.   Set me freeee!! (photo by D. Speredelozzi)
Let the tide in, and set, me free.
Set me freeee!!
(photo by D. Speredelozzi)

Standing in a spot where I’ve stood and stayed dry many times before, I got myself soaked.

Yeah, I've got your King of Tides right here! Take that, Lowenstein! (photo by D. Speredelozzi)
Yeah, I’ve got your King of Tides right here!
Take that, Lowenstein!
(photo by D. Speredelozzi)

I’ll tell ya, it was touch-and-go with the camera triage for a little while there.

 

Dude, Check Out This Sideways Waterfall

The water is flowing once again up in Marin County; and not just “flowing” flowing- but flowing flowing.  It’s going shit-house.

But who are we kidding?  You won’t go up there.

Whatever dude.

 

Is it all just smoke and mirrors?

California really is an amazing place.

 

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Go Sox!! (photo by S. Jernigan)