The first team has crested the West Face of Mt. Shasta at 12,700 feet and disappeared from view, according to staff at base camp. The other teams aren't far behind, still snaking their way up to the crest. At this point they've spent more than six hours creeping up the West Face slope in their rope teams.
After cresting, teams will cross a plateau to their next big push: Misery Hill.
They're making great time under clear skies. Base campers will be in radio contact with teams as they each pass out of sight, and we'll have more reports over the next few hours. We expect all teams to be off the summit by noon.