…for inviting me to your blog Carl. I’m still in Afghanistan for one more day making the long trek back to Sac.

Good to see you guys are planning a Shasta climb. I used to guide up there, but despite the 50-plus summits and probably another 100 days of flailing around on it, it’s still my most favorite mountain in the world.

I doubt I’ll be able to make your scheduled trip, but I’d be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

You guys sound pretty fit, and if you already have some decent mountain experience, you may want to consider Casaval Ridge, climber’s left of Avalanche Gulch. It’s just slightly more technical, more exposed, but way more interesting. Feels like you’re climbing in the Alps. Still nothing but ice axes and crampons required…

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