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vancouver islanderRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 20 2005  Sucess!

vancouver islander

Camped at Lunch Counter the previous evening enjoying the humming birds doing their thing even on the sparse flowers to be found up there. Had the whole mountain to ourselves. Left camp at 5.30 and summited at 9.40. Perfect snow condtions for cramponing. Bit windy to linger too long on top. Great views in all directions with even Baker peeping above the far northern horizon. Still icy when we left the summit, so cramponed back to Pikers. Looked over the edge of the slope to see a line of folk heading up. Solitude lost!! Snow now soft enough to glissade, so 20 mins to reverse what it took us 3 hours to climb. Leisurely lunch back at Lunch Counter (is that why they call it that?) and back at the car at 4.15pm. Great trip.
Posted Sep 2, 2005 12:36 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2005  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Another nice climb. Wanted a closer look at some crevasses so I ventured out a short distance onto the glacier to the east. Got some fairly nice photos. Snow on the way up was icy in the morning but absolutely perfect for glissading by about 11am. This was one of if not the best glissades I ever had (down to the Lunch Counter). Loads of fun! Weather was great. Not a cloud in the sky and just a cool breeze to help cool you down (the day prior clouds obscurred the summit). Camped in a pleasant sheltered area well below the Crescent Glacier among some short trees at around treeline. This worked quite well though would probably have been a little simpler as a dayhike.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 8:38 pm

ridekjRoute Climbed: south spur Date Climbed: july 29, 2005  Sucess!
love the reward of a great view of rainier at the top
Posted Aug 7, 2005 7:51 pm

rangermikeRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 1 August 2005  Sucess!


What an amazing mountain! Very windy and cold on top, but the view made up for it. Snow started softening up below Pikers after 9am. A friendly word of advice- if the glissade chutes are frozen solid, consider walking instead. (I've got bruises on top of bruises!)
Posted Aug 6, 2005 11:29 pm

PawkalaRoute Climbed: Mazama Glacier Date Climbed: July 18, 2005  Sucess!


Wow! What beautiful weather... We took off from Bird Creek on the 17th and got up to Sunrise camp in time to get up to the nearest cravasse and practice our rescue techniques. Spent a windless night sleeping out of my bag due to the way above freezing temps and also listining to the massive rock/ice falls. Woke to a beautiful sunrise and left camp by 6:30 to summit by 11:30. Enjoyed perfect visibility at the top and some great glassades down and managed not to find any cravasses, with our bodies that is. Broke camp by 3:30 and headed down in 86 degree weather. What a great route.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 10:50 pm

rayjohn32Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 18  Sucess!


Started at 5am from Lunch counter, Summit at 8am with a breakfast on the false summit. One of the best days in the NW! Windy and clear at the top, perfect snow for the wet but fun glissade. Some locals were attempting the ice in high tops, unsuccessful. One of our party had to wait for the ice to melt 'cause no crampons. Then he summited without difficulty.
Posted Jul 23, 2005 8:08 pm

MoniRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 21 July 2005  Sucess!


With Phoebe Duke. Excellent weather with still plenty of snow down to 8000 feet. There's an ice layer not far below the snow, so crampons would be advised, especially early in the day. Camped at the Lunch Counter the night before. Left camp at 6:30 am, summited at 9:30 (only 1 person ahead of us)and back to Cold Springs at 2:30 pm. Bad weather was moving in by late afternoon.
Posted Jul 22, 2005 5:08 pm

jajeetRoute Climbed: South Date Climbed: July 17, 2005  Sucess!


It was a perfect day for any climb in the NW. Started out from Cold Springs CG at 5am and summited @ 11am, back at the car by 3pm. The snow was perfectly hard for climbing up and perfectly soft for glissading down. What an awesome trip...even with only trail running shoes on. An awesome summit to make it to only 3 months after rehabilitating my foot from a massive ligament surgery and 6 months of downtime! Whe-hew!
Posted Jul 18, 2005 9:57 pm

althegreekRoute Climbed: south spur Date Climbed: july 8 2003  Sucess!


great campsite. great skiing. nice pleasant hike to summit
Posted Jul 12, 2005 6:16 pm

Bill562Route Climbed: South Side (Spur) Date Climbed: July 5, 2005  Sucess!


Camped on a shelf 500 ft below the Lunch Counter. Afer a warm and windless night started at 5 am for the summit, summit views were stupendous in all directions - Rainier, St.Helens, Hood, Jefferson. Back by the tent at 3 pm and to the car by 6. Great weather until about 1 pm when clouds started rolling in. Plenty of snow above 8K. Enjoyable solo climb.
Posted Jul 12, 2005 4:39 pm

mt_daydreamRoute Climbed: Adams glacier Date Climbed: July 3, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed the Adams glacier with Kurt. Saw a huge serac break off and thunder down an avalanche on Friday (July 1) from high camp. Rested all Saturday - luckily, things seemed to be stable all day on Saturday. Hence went for it on Sunday. Great route - sustained at 45 degrees with some 50 degree portions. Had quite a few crevasses, but it was pretty straightforward to dodge most of them. The route might be out within a few days though.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 7:36 pm

bbirtleRoute Climbed: South Spur Route Date Climbed: Sept 4, 1999  Sucess!


Quite an endurance challenge: climbed in one very long day from the campground at 5600ft. Without crampons! Mistake! Dicey! Never try it without crampons! Summit and indeed most of the climb completely socked in, but cleared into beautiful sunset red strange cloud formations as I pushed the remaining hour to the car.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 12:51 pm

PawkalaRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 6-22-05


Started out with a nasty day but it was the only day we could do it and thus we voted to suffer vs. turn around. This was my first time on Adams and was bummed we didn't summit. A combination of weather, getting started too late, and one of the party members needing to be back to town by a certian time caused the lack of summittness. Although, we made it to 11K feet in 5 hours and would have probably summited in alittle over 6. Oh well, next time.
Posted Jun 23, 2005 6:15 pm

mtnsavyRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 2000  Sucess!
A casual but memorable trip with my wife. The Lunch Counter is one of the coolest camp sites around.
Posted Jun 21, 2005 1:57 am

MariePRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!


Very fun route! Easily done in a day, beautiful views of Mt. Hood.
Posted Jun 17, 2005 10:53 pm

washingtonclimberRoute Climbed: south spur Date Climbed: June 17 2005  Sucess!
My first climb up a big mountain i enjoyed it i am looking forward to going back and doing a diffrent route when i have time and have gained a little more experience the mountain is beautifull and huge so be sure to bring your camera and plan accordingly
Posted Jun 17, 2005 9:21 pm

IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: June 11th, 2005  Sucess!


Windy, but clear. Great views of Hood and Rainier.
Posted Jun 13, 2005 5:03 pm

tmmpetersonRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 7/20/04  Sucess!


I'd forgotten how quickly the approach can go if one has an 80's pop-song stuck in their head. we summitted around 6PM, after setting up camp at the Lunch Counters. A group of High School mountaineers summited in the new "Mountaineer Jordans" and "Levi soft-shell".
Posted Jun 9, 2005 10:41 pm

PmercerRoute Climbed: Mazama Glacier Date Climbed: May 30th, 2005  Sucess!
Awesome weather for the 3:40 am start up the Mazama. Reached the Summit around 11:00. What a great climb!!!. Two girls took our picture coming across to the south summit---would like copies of pics.

Posted Jun 7, 2005 4:54 pm

Scott DusekRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

Scott Dusek

Be carefull glissading, my poor pants!
Posted May 30, 2005 9:20 pm

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