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Climbing Mount Shasta (Despite The Lack of Trout)

By Tom Chandler 4/24/2012

This image of the snowpack atop Mount Shasta comes courtesy my friends over at Shasta Mountain Guides, who do this kind of batshit-crazy stuff pretty much every day. It's all the more amazing when you consider the following: there are no trout up there.

Shasta Mountain Guides on Mt. Shasta

(It's OK to pity the troutless, though perhaps not to their tanned, extremely fit faces.)

That's what a near-normal snowpack looks like (at around 12,000'), and if the perspective is confusing you, then here's a tip -- that's nearly straight down.

Most of this snow will be gone by mid-August, and a lot of it will end up in the Upper Sacramento River, making it difficult for you drag your sorry, non-mountain-climbing butt across the river.

Clearly, this fitness thing is relative.

As predicted in advance of Saturday's season opener, temperatures are coming down and the flows are falling (slightly: Upper Sac is under 4,000 cfs; Ah-Di-Nah is under 400 cfs).

Singlebarbed -- not content to wait for the rest of us -- tried to sink himself deep in the ooze of one of his brownlines. We wish him well though we really wish we'd been there with a video camera.

See you on the river, Tom Chandler.


Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

I grew up on the east side of the Sierra. My fly fishing dad used to take me backpacking in the Sierra quite a bit -- the reason we went was to fish. We went over mountain passes, but the trips were for fishing at lakes rather than bagging peaks. There was certainly plenty of slogging (worst-case east side passes include 12,300 ft Baxter Pass, with a trailhead at 5,000 feet, and Sawmill, which is ... more even worse), but there were also trout.
JP2: nothing like kickin’ a carp fishing redneck when he’s coming up for the last time….. It hardly gets any better...
Of course there is no trout,those damn bait chucking, low holing, Lemurians(limits are for humans) took them all!!! As for Singlebarbed,nothing like kickin' a carp fishing redneck when he's coming up for the last time.....

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