Fun Times on Mount Shasta
Trip Start Jun 15, 2008
14Trip End Aug 16, 2008
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The summit day was a tough fourteen hour day up and down some pretty steep rock. We got to do some really cool night hiking, and once the sun came up, we could see the mountain above us and a cloud blanket below us. That made this mountain feel even higher than 14,000. Maybe that's why the altitude really got to me on this one. At about 12,500, I started to get a pretty bad headache, and from there it just got worse, queasy stomach, drunkeness, etc. I did the gross "throw up in your mouth" thing a few times, and Rob asked me close to the top, "Are you okay? You're wobbling." Thanks to Rob, who convinced me we were close at one point by telling me we were just "two turns" away, whatever that meant. It sounded close to the top at the time. Also thanks to Meg, who did some nice work on the summit to help me get my bearings. We eventually made it back down, and Meg and Kirah treated us to a delicious burrito dinner at camp, followed by a visit by me to the "target," which is literally a paper target for taking care of business.
On the third day, we hiked out and all had a great lunch together. Danny, Rob, Josh, Amanda, and I then went to a nearby lake and engaged in "non-mom-approved" behavior like jumping off of rocks and rope swings.
Oh yeah, I also visited Crater Lake on the way to Mount Shasta.