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D SmithRoute Climbed: South Climb Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

D Smith

Drove down from Seattle after work, got to the mountain at 11 PM, and started up just before midnight. Snow prevented us from driving all the way to the trailhead, so we had to park 3 miles down the road and walk.



At the trailhead we put skis on and skinned up to the Lunch Counter. Napped for a couple hours before heading to the summit, where we were greeted with 50+ mph winds.



The ski down was pretty good...crust on top, slush near the bottom, and a little slice of heaven in between.
Posted Oct 19, 2001 9:51 am

mradventureRoute Climbed: South climb Date Climbed: July 20-21, 2001  Sucess!

mradventure

First experience mountaineering proved to be a lesson learned.

Left trailhead on 20th with clouds that turned into 3 inches of rain.4:30pm reached 8100 ft.set up camp soaking wet with some dry clothes in packs. After the relentless rain stopped, we could have dinner and get some peaceful rest.

Started about 6 am for the summit. Windy white out conditions allowed us to reach the false summit. Very cold & windy, assumed it was the top until seeing through the clouds the real summit which was also covered with clouds.Piker's Peak was enough. One mistake made, not enough water. Had to boil snow. After eating power bars and trail mix for energy, we made our way down. Gilssading was a thrill. Hit the highway after all the rocks and cruised back to the trailhead. Much harder than expected. Suffering was worth it.

Two months later on Aug.25, 2001, my bro and I made our 2nd attempt successful.Just before false summit was very icy. Reached the summit with no wind on a clear blue day. Remembering our mistakes from 1st trip we brought more water.
Posted Oct 18, 2001 8:56 pm

benRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: May, 1999  Sucess!

ben

Led a group from my college up this route - a great first one in the cascades for beginners who want to try out mountaineering. After one of the most spectacular sunsets I've seen in the mountains, we spent a night below the lunch counter, got an early start, and had a great time climbing to the summit. A fun, not technical (beyond ice axe/crampos) route in the cascades.
Posted Oct 5, 2001 2:38 pm

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: South Climb Date Climbed: 6/14/01  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Great hike and wonderful glissade!
Posted Aug 16, 2001 1:00 pm

jthiessenRoute Climbed: Mazama Glacier Date Climbed: 7/27/2001  Sucess!

jthiessen

Took a 6 hour hike to the Sunrise staging area. Left the next morning at 1:30 a.m. The Mazama glacier is to the east of the usual South Summit route. There are a lot of crevasses and rock fall on this route. But the experience was awsome. Summitted at 9:30 and back down to camp by 2:00 p.m.
Posted Jul 30, 2001 4:39 pm

Mattius ValentineRoute Climbed: Standard South Summit Date Climbed: 6-18/19-2001  Sucess!
Climbing was great. Started from Cold springs campground(tough rain rutted road to campground). Started late Monday night and camped 300 ft. below Lunch Counter, standard base camp for summiting. Awoke early and proceeded up two 35-45 degree snow slopes that went on and on! Arrived at the south summit (false summit) and proceeded across a 3/4 mile relatively flat snow field traverse to another 45 degree slope. Topped out and scrambled (toiled) and reached the summit. Great views of Rainier, Helens and Jefferson/Hood! Advise early morning starts as snow was slabby by early afternoon. Great Glisading on the way down! Beautiful climb!
Posted Jun 25, 2001 4:40 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Standard south route Date Climbed: October 1976 and July 1984  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Both climbs were one-day affairs. I have never packed close to Adams for a climb. However I have attempted it unsuccessfully three times--bad weather and health being the deterrents. This climb entails over 7,000 feet (2100+m) of elevation gain. The view from the false summit never fails to discourage, as there is yet much walking and EG remaining. The greatest joy of Mt. Adams is the glissade. From roughly 12,000 feet to about 9,000 feet is a perfect glissade slope, if you are there in good snow conditions. For most years, July is ideal. There are many routes on Adams, but I am only interested in one other, the north ridge.
Posted Apr 3, 2001 10:49 am

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