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sixsigmafoolRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: June 20/21, 2002  Sucess!
Walked 3 miles to Cold Springs. Weather was absolutely delightful. Shorts and tee shirt all day. Climbed to 8800' the first day. Not too many people on Friday, and the snow was hard enough to make walking and climbing relatively easy. Lots of trails to choose from after Timberline campground, but they all lead to the same place, the top! Left at 7 AM for a summit attempt, succeeding 4hrs and 15 minutes later. A serious climb, but well worth it. The views were great on Saturday, even as high clouds moved in. The world class glissading was a blast on the way down. Less enjoyable was the soft snow with occassional postholing. Back at the car by 6:30. Another 1/2 mile of access road was opened. All in all a very satisfying first high peak of the year!
Posted Jun 26, 2002 10:10 pm

rasmustRoute Climbed: Adams Glacier Date Climbed: 15 July 1968  Sucess!
Four of us camped on the flats just below Adams Glacier, then got an early start. The route is very direct, with some moves to the far right and left to circumvent long crevasses. With good visibility the route finding was easy and enjoyable. Descent via the North Ridge back to camp.
Posted Jun 21, 2002 10:18 am

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: South Slog Date Climbed: June 2, 2002  Sucess!

scot\'teryx

5 mile approach just to hit the Cold Springs trailhead.

Made camp at 8000 feet and headed out the next morning at 5am. Made the summit at 12 noon. I myself experienced some altitude sickness, but made the summit nonetheless. Made a full skidescent from the summit, even thought the top down to Pikers peak was horrid wind blown ice. Once down at Pikers the skiing down to the lunch counter was incredible! Back down at camp I slowly bounced back from the altitude sickness, especially since the skiing took much more effort than glissading. Skiing down back to the car took much effort with a 55lb pack, and the road down to mile 7 of the road was messed up. That road (90405000) barely loses any elvation at all, and with a bad wax job I was hating it. After all was said and done, I still made it back 45 minutes before even our fastest hiker, and 1hr 15 minutes before the slowest. 22 miles total round trip.
Posted Jun 3, 2002 12:01 pm

EasyPeaksRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 1994  Sucess!

EasyPeaks

Wow! this is a popular mountain! I climbed this in July of 94 as one of 3 summits required to graduate from the Mountaineers scramble course. The S. Spur route reminds me alot of the terrain on the Muir Snowfield. This is my only major volcano summit to date, since I have yet to acquire glacier travel training.
Posted Apr 16, 2002 6:17 pm

mntnrmichaelRoute Climbed: Standard South Route Date Climbed: July  Sucess!

mntnrmichael

A wonderful climb, great for getting in shape.
Posted Apr 8, 2002 10:34 pm

CCorbinRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 12 1997  Sucess!

CCorbin

Summited south spur route
Posted Apr 4, 2002 5:27 am

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: South side Date Climbed: August 94  Sucess!

darinchadwick

First decent sized hill I climbed. Used rented ice axe, boots, and crampons. Wore a raincoat and levi's.
Posted Mar 29, 2002 5:02 am

HonkeydongRoute Climbed: south spur Date Climbed: 7/7/01?  Sucess!

Honkeydong

I took the family for a 4th of July camping trip to Cold Springs CG (love that road!!), where I met my partner Len on the 6th. We slept at Lunchcounter that night and summited next am around 8:30. Weather was perfect: cloudless and windless. Snow was icy on the way up, and wild for glissading coming down. I counted 79 specks (climbers) from the lunchcounter on the south slope up to Piker's above. This was 9:30am . Later, about noon, we witnessed a dramatic chopper rescue at c.7800ft. when an unfortunate climber tried glissading down an icy chute instead of descending the standard rock ridge. He slid out of control into some rocks at the runout. Near where he fell, there was one sketchy section coming off the ridge where meltwater had caused a moat to form. Pics aren't great, but I posted them anyway.
Posted Feb 12, 2002 5:20 pm

rpcRoute Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: 9/16/01  Sucess!

rpc

Long (for us) day hike. Crampons/ice ax very strongly recommended. Snow/ice melted away in places revealing holes with rushing streams underneath - falling in would be bad. Next time will do this earlier in the season. Good - clear and pretty much windless - weather all the way up.
Posted Feb 12, 2002 3:16 pm

Noah (Oregon)Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!

Noah (Oregon)

We climbed over the normal route but decided to keep going when we reached the Lunch Counter. About 300 feet below Pikers Peak we were ready to stop. Unfortunately there is nowhere to camp up there. We did scrape some rocks into a little bank and set up our tents. But the lack of room meant the bottom half of our tents were hanging down the mountain. We put our packs under the tents to support our legs and kind of "slept." Though we did reach the summit earlier than everybody else because of our higher camp.



The summit was wonderful but I was unrested, cold and not very happy at the time and felt trashed (due to no real sleep) but in hindsight, it was much more exciting than staying at the Lunch Counter. Still, I can't really recommend doing it this way.
Posted Feb 8, 2002 8:17 am

markmanRoute Climbed: south slog Date Climbed: 8/97  Sucess!
Nice walk up a huge pile of rubble.Fun slide down.
Posted Feb 1, 2002 5:57 pm

RStokesRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 25, 2000  Sucess!

RStokes

Made the solo trip during the week to avoid any potential crowds. Left the Lunch Counter at 6am and summitted at 8:30am. Sunny with mild winds up high. Great views of Rainier, St. Helens, Hood and Jefferson. No objective hazards on the South Spur route.
Posted Dec 21, 2001 5:30 pm

dshoeRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 07-15-01  Sucess!

dshoe

Did the South Spur route over the course of two days. Parked at Cold Springs, then climbed to about halfway up the ridge, between the Lunch Counter and Piker's Peak (false summit). Bivied overnight at this position, then awoke early the next morning for the rest of the climb. Summited around 9:30 AM, then headed back to Cold Springs. Lot of climbers on the mountain that weekend; looked like most of them made the summit as well. Weather was fantastic! Just as the route description states, the glissade between Piker's and the Lunch Counter is AWESOME!!!
Posted Dec 20, 2001 5:11 pm

CharlieRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 07/28/01  Sucess!

Charlie

It was a beautiful day. At about 10,500 or so I left the snow and climbed the rest of the way to the false summit via the rock ridge on the left (west) of the South Spur. This was much safer since I did not bring my crampons. In late season crampons are definitely recommended. Not only do they make the climb safer but they would also make the climb much faster.



The biggest treat of the day was the decent. We made it from the false summit to the lunch counter in 15 minutes and glissaded the entire way, 2000 feet. It was a ton of fun.

Posted Nov 10, 2001 11:18 pm

ElwoodRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: June, 1997  Sucess!

Elwood

This was a fun climb, with no crevasses to worry about. We camped near Lunch Counter, which left us with a short morning to the summit, & then a fair hike out. That year there was a high snow fall, which ment we had to melt snow, but that was a small price to pay for great snow conditions! I highly recommend this route to anyone who is new to mountaineering, & would like to see what it's like to climb a mountain, without too many dangers! Still cuation needs to be advised for weather, avalanche conditions, & altitude related illnesses. Have fun & enjoy!
Posted Oct 31, 2001 4:43 pm

BroncoRoute Climbed: SouthSide Date Climbed: Sept. 17, 2000  Sucess!
Wife and I climbed leaving cold springs campground at 5:00 am and summiting by 1:00pm and back to coldsprings by 6:00 that evening. Very fun glissading!
Posted Oct 30, 2001 3:27 pm

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

HammerRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 19, 2001  Sucess!

Hammer

Great climbing day. Spent the night sveral hundred feet below the Lunch Counter. Still made for a pretty simple summit day. Had the benefit of running water which made dinner and breakfast easy. Ran into some steep ice as we came up to the false summit which might have sketched out beginners. Summit was clear with great views of Rainier, St. Helens and Hood. Due to lack of snow the reputable glissading was not what I had expected but we did get one good run.
Posted Sep 18, 2001 3:51 am

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