“On May 20th, 2012, for the first time in 26,000 years the sun, the moon and the constellation responsible for our evolution and ascension, the mysitc Pleiades, [aligned] in a spectacular total solar eclipse directly over one of the most powerful, mysterious, spiritual vortexes in the world: the mighty Mount Shasta” (http://www.divinetravels.com/Shasta.html).
Chris, Tyler and I drove down from Seattle to meet up with the Jones, TGR, twsnow and Further crew, for this was a once in 26,000 year event we couldn’t miss. Anticipation was high and everyone was on the look out for Lemurians, UFOs and Crystal Cities ascending.
[br]A possible UFO sighting or maybe it’s just a glow in the dark frisbee…
[br]Heading up to horse camp with the heavy pack.
[br]Sunset over base camp. We didn’t have any Lemurian encounters, but there were lots of splitboarders.
[br]Forrest Shearer’s Carbon Solution with SL bindings
[br]Luca Debari’s Whiteroom with SL bindings.
[br]Primes on a Carbon Solution
[br]Jeremy Jones’ SL splitboard bindings. Good words to live by.
[br]Late night guitar antics
[br]The best part of being at Horse Camp is the late start. We started walking up at about 7:00 am.
[br]A little food, water and guitar break at Lake Helen. The weather allowed us to go at a much easier pace than last year. We were able to leave later in the day and take a more leisurely pace up to the summit.
[br]Lucas Debari heading up towards the Red Banks. Lucas and a few others skinned all the way up to the Red Banks. It gets pretty steep near the top of the Red Banks so most people boot packed to save energy.
[br]Another food and water break at the Red Banks. Since the eclipse was happening at 6:00pm we decided to hang out for an hour or so before climbing up Misery Hill.
[br]Jeremy Jones heading out from the Red Banks.
[br]Maria Debari hiking up with her new Gnu B.Pro split.
[br]Wyatt getting to the top of Misery Hill.
[br]Mt. Shasta summit party. We had 25+ splitboarders on the summit… I think it may have been a record.
[br]Forrest Shearer standing above the clouds.
[br]Tim and Kim Manning on the summit
[br]Tactics owner Matt Patton hanging loose on the summit.
[br]Jeremy and Forrest waiting for the clouds to clear
[br]Byron Bagwell stoked for the eclipse
[br]Waiting in the clouds for the eclipse. I had no idea how to photograph an eclipse, so I just lucked out with the clouds and the camera settings .
[br]The moon eclipsing the sun.
[br]It’s crazy how quickly the weather move around Mt. Shasta. One minute we’re in the clouds and the next it’s sunny illuminating miles of fresh corn snow.
[br]Jeremy and Forrest ripping the moonscape of Mt. Shasta.
[br]Tyler enjoying the untracked corn snow
[br]We decided to hangout for a while and watch the full eclipse.
[br]Three sets of goggles made for good viewing of the eclipse.
[br]Nothing like the feeling of riding 6000 vertical feet of natures groomed snow.
[br]A jello-legged toe side slash.
[br]Looking down at our tent city at Horse Camp.
[br]Splitboards are good for more than touring and snowboarding, our splitboard bench and table.
[br]After a relaxing night we headed back to Bunny Flat. Riding with a big pack and sore legs is always an adventure.
[br]Thanks to Chad and the Jones crew for the invite to another great Shasta trip!