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cmc56789Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: June 28, 2003  Sucess!


This is by far the most crowded mountain i have climbed to date. I saw well over 100 people climbing up as i was descending and still more in the parking lot getting ready. In spite of this I was still the first one to summit and had the sunrise all to myself. It was very windy at the top, and without a single cloud in the sky was able to see from the sisters to the North Cascades. The shadow cast by the mountain at sunrise was beautiful and was the biggest I have ever seen. The descent was a little tricky since the snow was too icy to glissade. I had to slowly make my way down a rocky ridge until the snow softened up a little bit. A very fun climb, but i would reccomend going mid-week to avoid the crowds.
Posted Jun 28, 2003 8:05 pm

Jerry LRoute Climbed: Mazama Glacier Date Climbed: June 16, 2003  Sucess!

Jerry L

Did a (4) day trip. Spent (3) nights sleeping out of the tent with beautiful stars and full moon. It was a great climb with great weather.
Posted Jun 21, 2003 6:06 am

mradventureRoute Climbed: South Climb Date Climbed: June 20, 2003  Sucess!


My brother and I left Coldsprings Campground at 3:30 am. The stars were shining bright, the snow was solid, and parts of the trail covered in snow were illuminated by the moon. As the sun rose over Suksdorf Ridge, it appeared that there was not a cloud surrounding Mt. Adams. The cold wind blew over and down the west ridge while we hiked up Crescent Glacier. Large cornices on the ridge to the west of Crescent Glacier posed a threat as the sun warmed the snow throughout the day. The wind increased to about 50-60 mph as we made our way up to the summit but not a cloud above us. The lower surrounding landscape seemed to be covered with a blanket of white, fluffy cotton balls. As we descended, the clouds moved in and snow showers followed. All in all, the hike was very rewarding even if it was an exhausting 12 hours.
Posted Jun 20, 2003 11:03 pm

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge, North Face of Northwest Ridge, and part of the Pinnacle Headwall coming up, NFNWR and NW Ridge coming down Date Climbed: June 15, 2003  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Jerry, Kay, and I summited about 10:00 AM and had quite the eye opening experience. Trip Report is here:Avoiding Disaster on Adam's Northwest Side.
Posted Jun 16, 2003 11:55 am

leejamsRoute Climbed: South rte Date Climbed: 6/8/03  Sucess!


Hot weekend, cool climb.
Posted Jun 10, 2003 10:11 pm

MikeBRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: May, 1993, 1994, 1995  Sucess!


Great ski run, maybe best in the country.
Posted Mar 9, 2003 5:09 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: South Climb Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2002


Posted Mar 3, 2003 6:12 pm

jhalzRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 1, 2002  Sucess!


Packed into Lunch Counter on Day 1, weather was outstanding. I'd recommend looking at the bivy sites to the south of Lunch Counter. As the sun disappeared, the wind began to blow. I'd guess 50-60 mph. This made for a sleepless night in my REI Half-Dome Plus tent.

Got a late start and were a little slow going, wish there would have been more snow coverage. I think that I'll go earlier in the season next season. Summited around 1pm. Spent 30 mins on the summit. Has a nice slide down from Pikers Peak to Lunch Counter.
Posted Jan 23, 2003 8:30 am

iandotenRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: September 17 2001  Sucess!
A long slog. First Cascade volcano summit. Great views, look forward to snowboard descent in future.
Posted Dec 17, 2002 9:24 pm

GAZOOBIERoute Climbed: Mazama Glacier Date Climbed: July 1979  Sucess!
Proud graduate of the past Mount Adams Wilderness Institute (MAWI). Just a great experience. Helped me start a love of mountains that still continues today. Thank you Darryl Lloyd.
Posted Dec 10, 2002 7:01 pm

jasonconnellRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 4 Summits between 96-98  Sucess!


My first real mountain. Snowboarded off the summit on one attempt.
Posted Dec 5, 2002 10:36 am

DultonRoute Climbed: Shuksdorf Ridge Route Date Climbed: August 13th 2001  Sucess!


Fun day hike, although, too many people on the summit. Great views of Rainier and the lower South Cascades. Would like to climb via one of the glaciers one day tho.....
Posted Nov 12, 2002 9:54 pm

schitthaedtRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: November 2, 2002  Sucess!


Beautiful, clear day, rare for this time of year. The skrie slope up to Piker's Peak is the least enjoyable part of this climb, especially if you break "trail," as I found out. I'm glad I brought my crampons because the glacier covering the saddle was pure slick ice and I watched another guy take a spill. I actually enjoyed the soft skrie on the way down, it was easier on the knees and I almost felt like I was skiing my way down. I hiked from exactly dawn to dusk, which turned out nicely. The hike was pretty exhausting--I live at sea level, and while I was able to ascend about 2000 ft/hr up to the lunch counter, I hit my wall at about 10,000 feet and didn't summit until 1:00 pm (started at 6:30).
Posted Nov 4, 2002 6:19 pm

fastandlightRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: july 10, 2001  Sucess!


Great climb on a beautiful. The false summit was really nasty on the way up, but it still made for a great climb. If I had to do it again I might take some skis to speed the descent. Glissading down was fun though. I would also note that a 4X4 vehicle is almost mandatory for the approach to the cold springs trailhead.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 9:51 pm

Martin CashRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: September 8, 2002  Sucess!

Martin Cash

The route was almost completely melted out; lots of scree. Not too windy but cloudy at the summit. Not very steep at all, but a lot of distance to cover in 1 day. Took me about 13 hours roundtrip. I'll be back next year for a harder route and more snow!
Posted Oct 31, 2002 5:01 pm

cjwhatRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: September 6, 1998  Sucess!


Long slog completed w/my brother, Mike.
Posted Oct 18, 2002 9:06 am

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!


Climbed in one day with a water bladder accident. Summit was cold and windy, but afforded beautiful views.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:50 pm

OtomaxRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: September, 20, 2002  Sucess!


Camped at the Lunch Counter Thursday night were we encountered very high winds. At the time it seemed improbably that we would summit the following day. Lots of frustrating scree to wade through up to Piker's Peak which made it difficult. More high winds up at the false summit and above but nothing compared to the night before at the Lunchcounter. I would have prefered more snow but it was a fine climb.
Posted Sep 29, 2002 1:30 pm

SpudRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: September 8, 2002  Sucess!


Pretty dry up there. I must have bad luck in the Cascades as this was my second summit there and I've still yet to have a clear or even remotely clear day. Entire cap was engulfed in cloud when I got to the top. Took my token photo at the Geological survey marker. Didn't realize there was a register at the old hut...

Scree slopes were loads of fun on the way up and sucked big time on the way down. It's amazing I didn't twist my ankle.

Humped up my tent and set up shop at the lunch counter. Good water supply in a glacial runoff - next time I'm bringing my filter though as it took way too long to melt and boil. Snow greeted us that night shortly after tent was erected. New tent and it held up well.

Didn't put on my crampons or ice axe for this mission. It was boots and poles all the way up and all the way down. Wish I had known as it was alot of extra weight to hump about...

Story and photos to come - watch for my website at www.spudstravels.com
Posted Sep 16, 2002 1:49 pm

TNT825Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 16th, 2002  Sucess!


All in all a good climb. My party opted to do the whole thing in one day. The party consisted of myself, my dad, my uncle, and my roommate Lee.

We started from Cold Springs at 6:00 AM, beating the guy that was sleeping behind his truck. We made really good time until about 9000 feet when we started slowing down. My dad turned back at 9700 feet convinced that he would seriously injure himself if he continued. The next 800 feet or so were steep but still covered with pitted snow. The last 800-900 feet before the false summit was scree which proved to be very disheartening.

After taking a break on the false summit we hiked easily across the saddle and then willed ourselves up the last section of consolidated scree that preceded the summit. There was not much snow, and the snow that was there was highly consolidated. Didn't really need crampons at all.

By the end of the climb we had dubbed it the "death march" since we had gained 6600 feet in one day. We summited in 8 1/2 hours and made it back down in 3 1/2. For those that forget to bring their friend's ice axe like I did, you can rent an ice axe from the owner of the general store in Trout Lake for $10, however only one person may do so per day because there is only one hanging on the wall. Oh yeah, my dad has vowed to get in better shape for next year's climbing season.
Posted Sep 11, 2002 11:13 pm

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