Hidden Valley base camp is bustling with activity as climbers return from their summit attempts, grab some lunch, and begin to pack up for the descent to Bunny Flat trailhead.
Some climbers are still making their way to base camp; others have already left for the trailhead. For loved ones who are local, we'll do our best to let you know what time you should be at Bunny Flat to welcome your climbers!
Whew! What a day! After almost ten hours of climbing and descending,Zahra Ghayour-Kelly, Ann Eikenberry and Pamela Thompson reached their personal summits somewhere around 13,000 feet (we'll confirm shortly), and should be back at base camp soon. That means every member of the 2013 Climb Against the Odds team has completed thier summit attempt. Woohoo! Go, team! We're sooooo proud of you!
Some climbers are beginning to make their way from base camp back to the Bunny Flat trailhead. We expect all climbers to be at the trailhead by 3 p.m. They'll have a few hours to rest before tonight's community celebration.
They faced the rain, the sleet and some of
the most frigid conditions of any Mt. Shasta Climb Against the Odds, yet 15 climbers have summited the 14,179-ft. mountain!
More than half the climb team including Hendy Dayton, Leslie Vanoni, Bridget Vanoni, Jen Bray, Nick Corzine, Kristin Winchell, Johanna D'Arcy, Kelsy Kerr, Nicole Umatum, Giordan
Morey, Christina Gee, Phi Le, Annie Smith, Cathy Ann Taylor, Linda Chitwood and Kelsy Woodson made it to the summit.
Kelsy Woodson, who works at
Osprey Packs, is climbing in the spirit of people she knows who have had
“I have never been diagnosed with this disease but have
cancer survivors such as my grandparents and friends who are struggling with
the disease to this very day,” Woodson said in her climb bio. “This is an
important aspect as to why I am doing this climb. I climb as a way to recognize
the individual perseverance that they might go through, and I climb to take
part in this unstoppable wave of reason in eliminating toxic chemicals and
radiation linked to this disease.”
Kristin Winchell, a graduate student who celebrated her
29th birthday on June 14, climbs in honor of her mom, who passed away last July from breast cancer.
Congratulations, climbers! Your resilience is an inspiration.
Our Breast Cancer Fund staff climbers, Martha Diaz and Connie Engel--affectionately known around the office as Team Prevention--reached their personal summits at 12,000+ feet, along with climber Maria Cardamone. All three team members are safely back at Hidden Valley base camp, and our wonderful volunteers Pali Cooper and Iris Lancaster are helping them get warm and relax after more than six hours of climbing and descending.
La Dawn Beardsley, a sacred trekker, who has climbed Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta with the Breast Cancer Fund, just headed up from town to Bunny Flat trailhead, where she'll make her way to base camp, portering up tea and hot chocolate to help warm up our intrepid climbers.
Check out Martha in the KOBI-TV story about Climb Against the Odds.
According to our amazing Shasta Mountain Guides, there are 17 possible routes to the summit of Mt. Shasta. Our team is taking the West Face route. Here's what Shasta Mountain Guides' website says about the route:
The West Face Mt. Shasta’s southwest side holds a high mountain cirque and one of Shasta’s most beautiful base camps: Hidden Valley. This is a great alternative to the regular Avalanche Gulch route with the same technical challenge yet far fewer climbers. This climb provides a more Wilderness experience and our base-camp in Hidden Valley (9,200′) is a fantastic location to make our summit bid. The route’s difficulties are moderate and it serves up an aesthetic and stunning experience for all levels of climbers. Conditions for a summit attempt are best May-July or later in a good snow.
This photo of the West Face route is also from the guides' website. This year, there's not nearly as much snow at the lower elevations.
Latest report from base camp: As of 6 a.m., and with the sun rising, the climbers were making their way up the West Face, with the lead team approaching the top of the face. Time to turn off those headlamps!
Climbers Joe Williams-Nelson and Paul Engstrom reached their personal summits at 11,100 feet, and are back at base camp, safe and sound.
Thanks to guide Rich Meyer for sending the photos we've posted this morning!