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Fathers Day on Mt Adams

Fathers Day on Mt Adams

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: Fathers Day on Mt Adams

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 21, 2009

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Spring


Page By: Deltaoperator17

Created/Edited: Jun 26, 2009 / Sep 28, 2009

Object ID: 524371

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Page Score: 89.77%  - 30 Votes 

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Hey Dad, Happy Fathers Day

At the summit of Mt Adams a slender hand comes out of its mitten and I hear “Happy Fathers day, Dad!” It is my 16 year old son, Tanner, who likes winter mountaineering as much as I do. He is on his High School snowboard team, so where there is snow, that’s where he is likely to be.
Tanner at the Trailhead
Dad, I am so excited, lets go!

So the snowboard is coming, right? Ten extra pounds on his pack and of course, he is willing to endure that. You don’t know how many times we got bonked on the head by his snowboard on the way up. It did make a fine cook table at the Lunch Counter.

Our crew includes two other dads, two of my dearest friends.

Day One

Trailhead #183
Trailhead for the #183 South Spur
The day started off at the Cold Springs campground, where our first glimpse of fun was a very neat little grey fox scavenging around a campsite. We snapped a couple shots of him and we hit the #183 trailhead, then we were on our way.

The Gang
Chewin up the #183

We slogged up to the Lunch Counter (Suksdorf Ridge) where we busted out our tents and make camp. Before we got the water boiling, we noticed a goat across the snowfield on some rock. A mountain goat on Adams?
Close up
Local Resident

I thought goats didn’t like crowds. After Tanner ate 1.5 mountain house meals, we went to explore. My buddy Matt got within about 40 feet of this guy and we got some great pictures. A great way to end day one with the sun going down over the LC, just an amazing place to be.

Lunch Counter Sunset
Sun setting at the Lunch Counter (Suksdorf Ridge)

Day Two

Sure is a lot of snoring going on at 7:00 am. Its Fathers day—where’s my breakfast in bed? Oh right, I am in a tent @9200 ft and only one of my children is with me and he is not getting up to make me breakfast. So I made him Backpacker Pantry Biscuits and Gravy.

Time to get everybody up and get ready for our summit push. We got no sleep on Friday, so we all agreed the night before to sleep in a little. At 8:00am we push off for Piker’s Peak. 30 degree snow climb? Huh. I didn’t take the time to measure, but it was steeper than 30 deg.
Cows Face
Cowsface on day one on the South Spur

It is not dangerous, but steep. We got up to Piker’s, took a long rest and started the trek to the summit.
Summit Push
400 feet below the summit of Mt Adams

On the summit somebody left the freezer door open as the winds kicked up and the temperature dropped way down. We put our glissade pants on here (I don’t know why we didn’t wait until Piker’s) and trekked back to Piker’s Peak where my son picked up his cached snowboard, then everyone took off for the 2200ft fun time. I haven’t glissaded in years and am real rusty, not to mention I would be a like a freight train out of control and might hurt someone if I got too much speed going.

Idaho Invades Mt Adams
Very happy group of summiteers, "splattski" style summit photo

So I invented a new technique. I call it Gliss-SLEDING. That’s where you plow down the mountain much like a glissade but end up with a 300lb snow ball between your knees and your butt crack. Refreshing!

Hey, what are those fast moving clouds and wind coming from? Hurry, pack up camp and our packs and let’s get out of here. Packed up in 30 minutes and we started glissading on our fannies, feet, plunge stepping, and sprinting for the Cold Springs Campground. It took us 50 minutes with a couple of five-minute breaks. We arrived just in time for the ice, hail and snow to start beating us in the face and vroom—we were outta there.

Did I mention I forgot to call my wife this day? I had cell service for most of it and just couldn’t find the right time. So back home, she was planning funerals, but wanted me alive so she could kill me again (for dying or not calling).

Despite the population on Mt Adams and the 400 mile approach from Boise Idaho, this was one of the greatest experiences I have had in many years. I have no regrets (well—besides not calling my wife or having her on the mountain with me). I was with my two dearest friends and my oldest son who was able to greet me with a “Happy Fathers Day” on the summit of Mt Adams.

Rock On!
Pikers Peak
Dan, Matt, Steve and Tanner


Close upPikers PeakLunch Counter SunsetMt AdamsIdaho Invades Mt Adams Dan and MattThe Gang
Tanner at the TrailheadCows FaceStart the daySummit Mining ShackSummit PushClimbingMountain Goat
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Bill ReedAwesome!!

Bill Reed

Voted 10/10

What a great way to spend Father's Day!
Posted Jun 27, 2009 10:45 am

Deltaoperator17Re: Awesome!!


Hasn't voted

I totaly agree. Thanks for reading my stuff.

Posted Jun 27, 2009 11:08 am

TJ311Sounds like


Voted 10/10

a fun day!
Posted Jun 27, 2009 2:08 pm

Deltaoperator17Re: Sounds like


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Hey homie, thank you it certainly was! hope you are doing well.
Posted Jun 27, 2009 11:27 pm

lcarreauLooks great, Steve!


Voted 10/10

I would have brought a couple of balls and clubs with me, and
"teed off" at Piker's Peak. Of course, I'd have some of them
"passionate pink" balls with me, so you can see them in the snow.

Also, there's nothin' like a Jimmy Dean sausage on Dad's Day.

Other than that, looks like an outstanding time on Adams !!!

Posted Jun 27, 2009 11:30 pm

Deltaoperator17Re: Looks great, Steve!


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Thank you Larry! I did think about bombing a couple off of Pikers but I would have to draw the line on pink balls. Thank you brother for reading my stuff. You are truly a great supporter of everyones stuff!

Posted Jun 27, 2009 11:33 pm

lcarreauRe: Looks great, Steve!


Voted 10/10

Posted Jun 27, 2009 11:35 pm

ChristianRodriguezNice trip


Voted 10/10

I hope some day go to the mountains with my dad, but he hates mountains hehehe.
Posted Jun 29, 2009 12:36 pm

Deltaoperator17Re: Nice trip


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Hey Chris, ¡Espero que su papi pueda cambiar su mente e ir con usted! gracias por leer mi materia.

Todo mi mejor,

Posted Jun 30, 2009 8:27 pm

Deltaoperator17Re: Fun!


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Hey Mike, it was GREAT. Thank you for your vote and kind comments! Congrats on Da Hood! did you dodge any ice fall? LOL Come on up to Idaho, you would like it just as much as the Cascades! Sawtooths are perfect in July / August.

Posted Jul 2, 2009 10:55 am



Voted 10/10

Steve- good to hear you & your son have a good relationship going. A family that climbs together, stays together. cheers man.
Posted Jul 7, 2009 5:04 pm

Deltaoperator17Thank you


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Thanks Radec for the kind words. We kept looking over at Hood for 24 hours and tried to guess where his Grandmas house would in relation to the peak. I tried to convince everyone that we needed to go to Rooster Rock for a dip afterwards...LOL
Posted Jul 7, 2009 6:19 pm

icypeakCongrats Steve...


Voted 10/10

...you did it! Way to go...must have been a great feeling of accomplishment...what's next?
Posted Jul 8, 2009 7:45 pm

Deltaoperator17Re: Congrats Steve...


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Thank you my sister from the north. Will have to do something with some SPers. Maybe something in the Sawtooths.
Posted Jul 9, 2009 1:10 am

Deltaoperator17Re: Congrats Steve...


Hasn't voted

ok...I have been holding out....the Great Tahoma? It might be the next big one.
Posted Jul 14, 2009 11:35 am

icypeakRe: Congrats Steve...


Voted 10/10

Just do it!
Posted Jul 14, 2009 7:25 pm

alexquickHappy belated fAthers dY

Hasn't voted

Awesome TR
Posted Jul 21, 2010 10:42 pm

SawtoothExplorerThats good stuff there


Voted 10/10

Looks like you had a blast!
Posted Aug 17, 2010 11:30 pm


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Goats are the best, aside from marmots. Anyway, sounds like you had a great trip. I'm going up there later today, so wish me luck.
Posted Jul 22, 2011 11:59 am

JoelSkokEnviable trip


Voted 10/10

Glad you made it, on Father's Day no less. Hope my kids read this and get the hint. I'd be raring to go so long as my son didn't pull a Tanner and eat more than his fair share of the food. Great write up! 10/10
Posted Mar 18, 2013 11:15 pm

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