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Mt. Shasta summits!

July 19, 2015

Team sausage summits Shasta!

Team sausage summits Shasta!

The 2015 Mt. Shasta Climb to Fight Breast Cancer team summited via the Avalance Gulch (south side) route.

They arrived in town early to browse the local gear store, go through a complete gear check, buy snacks for the weekend and have dinner in a local restaurant. Unlike most desolate trailheads where you find the world’s most beautiful mountains, Mt. Shasta, California is a bustling small town full of amenities and charm.

Historic Shasta Alpine Lodge at Horse Camp (7,884 ft).

Historic Shasta Alpine Lodge at Horse Camp (7,884 ft).

During their first day on the trail, the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer climbers departed from the Bunny Flats trailhead (6,683 ft) to begin their trek to base camp. They were met with sunny skies and a noticeable lack of snow on the mountain due to the drought in California this year. The group spent several hours hiking past Horse Camp. Having already named themselves “team sausage” they were well on their way. Our Mt. Shasta teams have almost ALWAYS named themselves by rope team or group, with team names generally reflecting a local watering hole in town.

On their second day, they cruised up to Lake Helen (where there is no water so we aren’t sure why it is named that) and pitched their tents for the night. Lake Helen (10,433 ft) hovers around the same elevation as Mt. Rainier’s Camp Muir.

On their third day, after an alpine start they ascended the well-named Misery Hill, then they climbed across the summit plateau, and then stepped on to the summit pyramid at 14,179 ft.

They took photos, signed the summit log, and reflected on the months of training and fundraising that brought them to the top of Mt. Shasta with their Climb to Fight Breast Cancer team.

Whether you are climbing a mountain for the first time or the tenth time, each experience comes with its own rewards and challenges. We appreciate all of the donors who supported breast cancer research at Fred Hutch.

Sunrise on Mt. Shasta.

Sunrise on Mt. Shasta.

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