|Widow's Tears (01/11/2013) one of longest ice routes in lower 48|
|Soloing some ice on the approach|
|Hamik on first pitch (not as dry as it looks). I am really happy he found a way to get down!|
|The views are not bad!|
|At least ice in Tahoe formed (Inertia tube)|
The trip turned out to be fun and challenging enough. On Saturday we did an acclimation hike up to Lake Helen (about 10,500 ft) from Bunny Flat trailhead (just under 7000ft) and skied back down to the parking lot. 3500ft of down-hill skiing in 30 minutes!
|Skiing up to Lake Helen|
|View toward Red Banks|
|Walking up the gulch|
|Through the Red Banks|
On Sunday we started from the same trailhead and made it to the summit in the afternoon. I did not beat my personal record of 4 hours 50 minutes from Bunny Flat to the summit, but we did have a fun day out! My favorite part about our climb was eating pancakes, chocolate, and chicken wraps for snacks. Who wants to eat GU? On the way up, I stashed my skis at some point before the 'Heart' and skied down from there. Since I am a total beginner on skis (I skied at a resort 5-6 times prior to this trip) the ride down was a challenge, but super fun in the same time. Can't wait to ski on Shasta again in the Spring, and maybe check out Mt. Lassen.
|Cool rhyme formations|
|There is the summit, finally|
|On top at last|
Back at the trailhead I saw a SAR helicopter. Turned out someone fell on Green Butte ridge and hurt one of his lower extremities. It was a reminder that Search and Rescue people are well organized, and do their job fast. Also, viewing the incident is a reason to keep the guard up no matter if you are attempting one of the longest ice climbs in lower 48 or are hiking up Shasta.
|Skiing down the gulch|
|Life is good|