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California Climbing Trip - 1998

In the summer of 98, I got back together with Victor for a trip.Pretty much on the spur of the moment I decided I really did want to go to California, even if it was just for a week. After some consideration, we chose to go to Mt. Shasta over Mt. Whitney, and do some cragging in the Tahoe area. The East Face route on Mt. Whitney is something I would still like to do.
Mt Shasta, from the West
On our ascent of Mt Shasta, Victor chose the steepest snow gully to the left of the Red Banks route. He was excited, and in his element. I climbed up a different gully, then got slowed down by altitude sickness. It was colder than we had expected, and I eventually turned around about 5 mins from the summit. In retrospect, I think I had developed hypothermia, and I had a terrible time descending. After all of that was said and done, we checked out Castle Crags state park, near Mt. Shasta, and spent a couple of days around Lake Tahoe.
Castle Crags at sunrise, from Mt. Shasta
Never on a climbing trip did I feel so lazy. I think Victor was feeling that as well, and we got very little done. I found leading on granite at 5.6, to be somewhat sustained (never found that good ledge to stand on and place pro ... have to trust the friction and have to trust the handjams). Consequently I deferred on some of the longer climbs we had planned on doing in Castle Crags, and at Lover's Leap. On the last day, we went to 90 Foot Wall, near Emerald Bay at Tahoe, which is a nice little place to toprope.
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