Note from Lou: Since sleeping high is one of our main goals (we want to get on that Denali flight at least slightly acclimated to something above sea level), we headed up to the Bunny Flats parking area on Mount Shasta. Pulling in last evening in the cold rain didn’t inspire a great deal of confidence, but then, at least it was probably snowing just up the trail.
As they usually do, my eyes opened with a jolt at 5:00 A.M. and my fingers sought a keyboard to type on. Not finding myself that near a computer, I instead opted to glance out the camper window. Wow, the world’s greatest sucker hole had opened up and Shasta loomed above our “campsite” like the gigantic Lemurian throne some people around here think it is.
Okay boys, we know the wind and weather will hammer that thing soon, so the summit is out, but let’s go for a tour! Yeah, we didn’t go far, but anything on Shasta is always a joy and the workout appreciated.
WildSnow guest blogger Caleb Wray is a photographer and outdoor adventurer who lives in Colorado and travels worldwide. He enjoys everything from backcountry skiing to surfing.
Nice shots! Welcome to Mt Shasta, a great place!
Enjoy the trip guys!
Any chance you guys could sum up what ski packages you all are using? I’m curious to know what gear you’re using to tackle Denali.
very nice pictures, enjoy your trip guys! :biggrin:
Greetings from Germany
In regards to sleeping high, I have a question:
I thought you lost all benefits of acclimatization after about a week at low altitude. Is this true? Anyone know how long it takes to lose the benefits of acclimatization?
I am using a pair of 185cm BD Kilowatts, Scarpa Spirit 4’s (sized up a size), BD Mohair skins, and two BD whippets. 175cm’s would probably be more preferable to me, but beggars can’t be choosers.
As a bike racer who has followed the different theorys of “sleep high train low”, it comes down to a combination of genetics and traning regimine. Generally acclimation is held for at least 6 weeks, with a 6-8 week primary acclimation period.
You loose quite a bit of your acclimation in three days, that’s my understanding, but that’s just what I remember, anyone have the final word on that?
Way to hit those volcanoes.
Someone should ask Andy Dimmen about the acclimitization- that IS what he studies.
Looks like you’re having a great trip boys! I’m so jealous 🙂 Keep up the excellent blog posts! I love it!
Still 80″ at Blackomb mid station & lift access til the 24th. Awesome tours off the top if you come this way.
ps- your entry question is wrong. Its warmer in winter in the southern hemisphere where I am headed!
Richard, we’re there today and doing a tour. If it’s good we might hang around.
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