Mount Adams Climber's Log
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|aishv||Route Climbed: S. Side Date Climbed: June 26th, 2004|
|Climb Party: Dave. G, John, Art, Aish|
One day ascent of Mt. Adams via the south side route. Reached south side climbers TH at 23:30. Started off the climb after a short nap on the bed of Art's pick-up truck at 03:00. Reached summit at 12:30. Glissaded most of the way down. Back to the car at 17:00. Doing it in a single day may be long and strenuous, but well worth the effort and any day beats carrying bivy gear up to Lunch Counter.
|Posted Jul 5, 2004 12:53 pm|
|jtschanz||Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: June 20, 2004|
|Great weather for an Adams climb. After camping below timberline, we skinned up to just below the false summit. We ditched our skis and climbed the rest of the way to the top where we rested and admired the great views all around. We strapped our skis back on at the false summit and descended the SW chutes - a very fun 3000' drop. At the bottom we traversed below some rocky ridges and then back east to our campsite. Great skiing for the last day of spring!|
|Posted Jun 22, 2004 2:02 pm|
|Ratballs||Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: mid-June 1995|
|This was my first serious solo mountain (well, it certainly felt serious at the time) and was my farewell to Washington (I moved to Colorado the next day). It was immediately after a big late-spring storm, and I had to hike in four extra miles as the road to Cold Springs campground was still snow-closed. I hauled my three-man tent up to Crescent Glacier's terminal moraine (what I remember as a high mound of rocks at its foot, in any case); pitching it (the tent, that is, not the glacier) on my own in a gale turned out to be the crux of the trip.|
The next day brought great views down and around the mountain and a lenticular cloud sitting on top: I didn't know enough to be intimidated by it, so I pushed on upwards, into its white-out. I did know enough, however, to take back-bearings as I crossed the summit block blind. The only person I saw all day joined me on the summit and then skied down. I enjoyed the Mother of all Glissades back down to the Lunch Counter, where I congratulated myself on a job well jobbed.
|Posted Jun 21, 2004 10:48 pm|
|hkutuk||Route Climbed: Multiple Date Climbed: Multiple|
|Ski ascent via South side and descent via SW Chutes (June 20, 2004)|
On the first day we were greeted by thunderstorms and rain so decided to camp low to be less exposed to weather and to stay on dry ground. The next morning woke up at 3am to a perfect clear morning. Strapped on the skis and skins and started from about 6500'. The firm snow on the south side route allowed us to skin just couple hunderd feet short of the false summit. Made a quick trip to the summit and enjoyed the views and sun for a long time as the wind was much less compared to false summit. We decided to ski down the SW chutes instead of the south side. From the top of the chute could not see the bottom, must be steep... Indeed the chute was around 40 degrees consistent all the way to the end of it. The snow was soft enough providing an excellent ski descent, looking back up was very impressive. The constant rock fall from the nearby ridges reminded us that we had to get out of there. The traverse back to our camp site involved some tree skiing and carrying skis over several ridges under a very hot sun, worth the ski.
Mazama Glacier (August 3, 2003)
Group of eight Chemeketans headed to Sunrise camp through the green Bird Creek meadows. We shared the entire camp with only another team of two people, a rare thing on Adams. The summit day was overcast but the strong west wind was blocked by the mountain. The glacier consists of two moderate snow ramps. We stayed close to the crumbly ridge dividing Mazama glacier from the Klickitat ice fall to avoid the crevasses on the first ramp. The snow was hard but not icy on the first ramp. There is rock fall hazard along this way. The ramp levels of and leads to the second steeper ramp which was hard ice and required a straight up climb rather than zigzagging until we intersected the south slog at Pikers Peak. The rest of the way is snow free all pumice. The cloudy and windy skies still allowed for good views of Rainier. We came down the South side with as much glissading as possible.
South Side (August 25, 2002)
Was quite dissapointed when our group decided to camp at Crescent glacier after only two hours of hike. Afternoon thunderstorms rolled in and it was quite a show. Next day was clear and perfect for the summit attempt. Long slog to Pikers Peak, it is kind of depressing to see the summit still far away at that point. Glissading down earned me the name of "Flying Turk" as I was airborne on some of the icy sections.
|Posted Jun 21, 2004 1:05 pm|
|jamminjman||Route Climbed: Mazama Glacier Date Climbed: June, 16 2004|
|Traversed to high camp from cold springs. (Road to cold springs camp is closed about 1/4 mile from camp due to downed tree across the road). Crevasses are starting to open up on this route. Stayed to the left and had no problems. Crystal clear day and could see to Baker in the north and the Sisters in the South.|
|Posted Jun 18, 2004 3:02 am|
|modeboy||Route Climbed: south side Date Climbed: 7-14-2003|
|great weather almost the entire way, windy at the top. glacading was awesome the whole way down. first mountain climb ever for my friend. way to go christian!|
|Posted May 11, 2004 10:52 am|
|pjc30943||Route Climbed: Easy South Spur Date Climbed: Sep 2003|
|This was a relatively easy climb done in one day. Four of us left at 7:30am, and returned just by dark at 7pm. The summit was cold and windy, and clouds had moved in by afternoon (I was last to leave at 4pm).|
Glissading was great! "Subway Tunnels" were already cut, and all one had to do was "transfer" over to the other subway tubes to continue the trip down:)
Crampons and ice axe needed, but the glaciers weren't in as good condition as they could have been...
Very fun climb!
|Posted Apr 17, 2004 12:38 am|
|rmuir||Route Climbed: Mazamba Glacier Headwall Date Climbed: July 8, 1996|
|Great climb and a challenge route finding since the route markers were under 2 feet of snow. We kept having rocks roll down the mountain toward us. Most of them would veer away from us but one or two kept coming straight and we had to scurry out of the way. Some of them picked up enough snow that they were 2 or 3 feet in diameter.|
|Posted Apr 13, 2004 2:58 pm|
|dmuja||Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 23rd, 2003|
|Great job brother Mark! Fun mountain, fun route.|
|Posted Mar 24, 2004 10:37 pm|
|derbilly||Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: Spring 1997|
|One of my first summits. One thing that sticks in my mind is walking through miles of slush on the way back with semi-waterproof boots.|
|Posted Feb 24, 2004 2:20 am|
|Zarn||Route Climbed: South Standard Date Climbed: 08/23/2000|
|8/22/00 Mi-day start, w/ a bivy @ Lunch Counter. Hot walk on soft snow. Encountered a mountain goat w/ calf @ approx 8300'. They crossed the glacier 200' above me, Amazing!! Stary, moonless, cold evening w/ distant lightening turning nite into day. 5am start on the solid only to mush out on the apporach to the pikers peak headwall. Beautiful clear day. Suncupped, plateau w/ sharp ridged recessed path. Sloged last 600' to summit on the loose rock & pumice. Excellent views all directions as it was clear & 40 degrees on the summit but it was a long hot walk back out.|
|Posted Feb 17, 2004 12:57 pm|
|Kimberly||Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July 15, 1999|
|I climbed it with my husband. We had good weather.|
|Posted Feb 11, 2004 8:52 pm|
|cascadeclimber1978||Route Climbed: Lava Ridge Date Climbed: August 25-26, 2003|
|excellent route for those who like a beautiful approach.|
good climbing, but lots of loose scree in aug. it was great to do a much different route than the norms.
|Posted Feb 7, 2004 9:30 pm|
|chickenhawk34||Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 09-13-03|
|My first "alpine" summit - a fantastic trip with my dearly beloved Rebecca Rice and a great friend Jim Macsurak. Quite the trip for a bunch of flatlanders from Delafield, Wisconsin (ALT 912!) I saw my buddy make it with little or no training and tremendous fortitude - Jim Macsurak has the heart of a lion.|
The trip I will always remember - the accomplishment I waited years to complete - just the same, the beginning of the most facinating sport I have ever
Special thanks to All of You at Summitpost
for all the beta - this is really a special site
my all time favorite!
T. A. Casiana
|Posted Dec 21, 2003 12:00 am|
|Tweezer||Route Climbed: Sout spur Date Climbed: Aug 1999|
|Spent a night on mountain. Very pretty but a long snow slog. More of a hike than a climb!!!|
|Posted Nov 26, 2003 11:00 am|
|cluck||Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: September 27, 2003|
|It being so late in the season, I expected to be wading through scree the whole way but was pleasantly suprised at the route conditions. The trail to lunch counter was dry and solid with snow above the Crescent Glacier. A tiny bit of scree slogging to get to the Lunch Counter and then snow again almost the whole way to Pikers. The final 300 feet to Pikers peak was an agonizing scree slog, but that was the worst of it. From Pikers to the summit was dry but the trail was tolerable.|
Went car to car with some newbies in about 13.5 hours. The route was in much better condition than I had anticipated. But, it's 1,000 times better to go earlier in the season.
|Posted Oct 6, 2003 2:38 pm|
|Jeff H||Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: September 1st, 2003|
|Little over five hours from parking lot to summit. Beautiful weather with great visibility. Only a couple other climbers on top. Thought there would be more people on a holiday weekend. Have to come back in the spring with skis when there is more snow.|
|Posted Sep 21, 2003 11:47 pm|
|schitthaedt||Route Climbed: North Cleaver Date Climbed: August 27, 2003|
|Good weather, but windy. No snow on route. Photos on my personal website.|
|Posted Sep 15, 2003 7:23 pm|
|CraigA||Route Climbed: Mazama Glacier Headwall Date Climbed: Aug. 17, 2003|
|Climbed the Headwall variation of the Mazama Glacier with Martin on the 17th. Due to some computer problems and an overbooked schedule I'm just getting the pictures, so I figured I'd go ahead and post the report. |
As Martin said our original plan was to climb The Castle, but it was completely melted out. Settling on the Mazama Glacier we started up at about 5:00 am. We made good time on the lower and upper sections navigating around crevasses as necessary (mainly on the lower section). While taking a break we scoped out the headwall and decided "it needs to be done"!
Martin led out and we traversed over to the top of the South Klickitat Glacier and then headed straight up the slope. It was around 40 degrees at first and quickly increased to around 65-70. When we reached what we thought was the top we were a little suprised to see it was really the front edge of a huge crevasse. This forced us to traverse north about 30-50 yards (just a little nerve racking on a slope of 50+ and softening snow). This led to a narrow chute that ended in a second, even bigger, crevasse. However, I spotted a vertical section (everything else was overhung) on the other side and we crossed a snow bridge and worked our way to it. It looked like about 6 foot but when we got to it, it was probably closer to 12-15 foot. Everything was solid in this area, the crevasse was about 20-25 foot wide and the bottom was solid. Everything looking safe I headed up. I quickly discovered there was a small overhang that made this section a little trickier than I thought and as I got my chest to the top and attempted to swing one of my ice axes over the top so I could pull myself over, my other ice tool popped out and I was free falling backwards. I landed and rocketed to the other side and came to a stop. I quickly took a "mental" inventory and didn't feel anything severe, so I stood up and looked up at Martin who looked like he was trying to figure out what the Hell had just happened. I was ok but a little shook up, Martin then said lets do this without packs. We dropped our packs and he made VERY SHORT work of this section (his greater experience on vertical ice really showed) I tied on the packs and he pulled them up. Then he gave me a boot belay and we were done. Nothing left except the slog to the summit.
All in all this was one of the funnest climbs I've done, although I could have done without the fall. I ended up with a small bruise on my right knee and a small bruise on my right side (I think my pack actually absorded most of the impact). The Mazama Glacier is a beautiful route and the views are stunning. If you haven't done it you should put it on your agenda! The headwall makes for a great finishing variation, but the route is worth it even with the standard finish.
|Posted Sep 7, 2003 1:28 am|
|Joseph Smith||Route Climbed: mazma glacier headwall Date Climbed: april 10 2003|
|Great climb with moderate weather.|
|Posted Sep 4, 2003 3:37 pm|