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Still TruckinRoute Climbed: Followed trail from parking lot on South side and bush whacked from there on. Date Climbed: 5 July 2003  Sucess!
Windy start, camped at the lunch counter and was almost blown off the mountain that night. Dawned a clear, bright and still morning, making for a great summit.
Posted Apr 19, 2005 4:00 pm

soslawRoute Climbed: S. Spur Date Climbed: May 6, 2001  Sucess!


Climbed with my climbing partner, Andre. Long approach as late April snows blocked road to trail head. Beautiful summit day with St. Helens, Hood and Rainier prominent. Longggg slog out.
Posted Apr 18, 2005 1:26 pm

Dan WinterRoute Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: 8/26/01-8/27/01  Sucess!

Dan Winter

My first climb up a big mountain. Climbed solo. I have been back to climb this route 3 more times in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Posted Mar 20, 2005 10:24 pm

clleisRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!
Two day climb with friends from Ohio that took longer than we expected. Great views of Rainier, St. Helens, and Hood. The glissade was like riding down a bobsled chute.
Posted Mar 4, 2005 12:59 pm

mattcbhRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 06/21/02  Sucess!


Day 1 Climbed to just below the false summit attempt and camped. Interesting enough found a clean stream of water. Lucky we had a filter with us. And yeah for not having to melt snow.

Day 2 Climbed to the summit and had a great time glisading.
Posted Feb 11, 2005 3:25 pm

Thomas GurviezRoute Climbed: south spur route Date Climbed: 29 august 2004  Sucess!

Thomas Gurviez

nice volcano, the fresh snow on the route allowed some long glissades on the hiking shoes...
Posted Feb 7, 2005 3:34 am

Andy DeweyRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!

Andy Dewey

Camped at Lunch Counter, suffered some altitude sickness. My first volcano climb - I was 15 at the time. Incredible views from the top, Rainier, Helens, Hood. Awesome glissade down!
Posted Feb 3, 2005 3:55 pm

velodurtRoute Climbed: South Climb Date Climbed: August 19th,2004


This mountain really took me by surprise. It was my first mountain hike where I didn't reach the summit..just ran out of time. We had a late start and it got the best of us. The climb is amazing though..great scenery! I have a detailed trip report and lots of photos on my website Natural Born Hikers Enjoy.
Posted Jan 17, 2005 7:21 pm

onandupwardsRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 3,2003  Sucess!


Summit ! Solo climb as a two day, lots of others on the mountain and good conditions. Cold and windy on the summit. This was my third try. First try as a one day climb in 2001 (bailed out for conditioning after my cutoff time) Second attempt was weathered off above lunch counter with a large group in 2002.

The view ! Camped at around 9,000 feet traversing to the SW from lunch counter to see the beautiful sunset and Mt St helens. 5 or 6 layers of different cloud types intermingled with the foothills and mountains. If you are climbing late season, consider a little extra traverse before selecting your camp site.
Posted Jan 11, 2005 8:58 pm

SummitQueenRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 30, 2004  Sucess!


Was my second summit of one of Washington state's volcanoes. Beautiful weather, couldn't have asked for a better set of days to climb. Kind of hot to start out with, but the weather soon milded out and was very pleasant. Wonderful views of the sunset at Lunch Counter (around 9000 ft.). Woke up around 5 am the next morning and climbed using crampons, snow was still hard. Perfect cramponing conditions. (One of my first times using crampons with that degree of slope). Reached the summit around lunch time - chilly, but very beautiful! The lookout that was abandoned a long time ago was half-exposed so I was able to stand on top of it and take a few pictures. Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson were visible to the south in Oregon state, while Mt. St. Helens was visible to the west, and of course, the majestic Mt. Rainier stood to the northeast. Great trip, wonderful photo opportunities. Good for a first year climb.
Posted Nov 24, 2004 10:57 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: South side Date Climbed: Aug. 8th, 1998  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

This is one of the mountains I've looked up at nearly every clear day all my life and I finally decided to go up and give it a try.

I drove up to the parking area at the Cold Springs trailhead and bedded down for the night in the van. Got started about a half hour before sunrise and was treated to a great day - clear skies, no wind and temperature about 40.

I hit snow soon after the round-the-mountain trail junction so was glad I thought to wear wool socks with my trail running shoes.

Hit the summit in five hours flat finding no wind and fantastic views. Back down in 2 ½ hours.

Great mountain but surprisingly busy even for a Saturday.

Posted Sep 7, 2004 11:35 pm

dpingreeRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: july 24, 2004  Sucess!


Started from Cold Springs Trail #183 around 5:45am and was on the summit by 11:45am.

The weather was very hot--I wore shorts and a tee all the way to the top. The snow was also very soft and crampons would have been useless. Plastic boots were optional from Lunch Counter.

Overall, a decent workout. The only bad part was the arduous drive from Seattle.
Posted Aug 27, 2004 1:07 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 20 August 2004  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

I got an ealry 3:30AM start from Coldsprings. Beautiful weather, climbed in shorts and T-shirt. All camp sites at the Lunch Counter are free of snow. Put on crampons at Lunch Counter. 2 bare patches before reaching Piker's Peak. Summitted by 9:45AM. Glissaded about 2,000 ft, where possible from Piker's Peak down to Lunch Counter. Warm in the afternoon returning to car.
Posted Aug 25, 2004 1:32 pm

Rob RicksRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: June 30, 2004  Sucess!

Rob Ricks

Left Cold Springs Campground at 5:15 a.m.. Made the Lunch Counter by 9:30 a.m. Felt a little tired, so I rested for 30 minutes, melted some bug-infested snow and ate some peanut butter and crackers. Launched up the South Spur and realized there was no need for crampons and ice-axe. I was getting good snow purchase as it was softening. Dropped pack at Piker's Peak and made the summit by noon. Only one on the summit at the time. Felt Great!! Tremendous glissading adventure down the Spur. Got some good wilderness navigation practice on the way back down to Trail #183.
Posted Aug 19, 2004 11:56 am

pjc30943Route Climbed: Southern (variation) Date Climbed: August 16, 2004  Sucess!
Ascended some of the slightly steeper glaciers to the West of the Crescent and Suksdorf glacier. Rejoined Southern route later on. Glacier conditions were pretty good overall on the South route, but at places pure ice was exposed.

Massive thunderclouds stalked the mountain the night before, but cleared up fortunately by 3am when I left.

Of course there's lots of running water by this time of year.

Glissading conditions were very nice!
Posted Aug 17, 2004 1:22 am

Derek FranzenRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 30 2004  Sucess!

Derek Franzen

Hiked in 4-1/2 miles on Thursday with daughter Kelsi, camped 200' lower and in rock rib W of Lunch Counter. Good running water at the minor col W of Lunch Counter. Fine, sand floored, camping spots in natural rock enclosures all along the rock rib W of Crescent Glacier. Not too many Snafflehounds at campsite. Good solid snow for cramponing Friday morning, marine air low but clear at elevation. Lookout shack at summit partially uncovered. Lost 3000' to camp in 40 min, Kelsi thought that was great. Great trip.
Posted Aug 14, 2004 5:30 pm

modeboyRoute Climbed: south climb Date Climbed: 8-1-2004  Sucess!
left the trailhead at 5:20am and had great weather until lunch counter. wind picked up and we had to put on windbreakers. summited at 11:30am and stayed up top for only enough time to eat and take a few pics. lots of wind at the top. glacading was possible just below the false summit. overall a pretty good day.
Posted Aug 4, 2004 11:02 am

jtostenrRoute Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 31, 2004  Sucess!


Started at trailhead at 6:15AM and reached the summit at 3:30PM. Took a short snooze at the Lunch Counter and enjoyed the weather. Very little wind on top and not too hot.
Posted Aug 1, 2004 5:57 am

aishvRoute Climbed: S. Side Date Climbed: July 25th, 2004
Date Signed: July 05, 2004 12:53 PM

Climb Party: John, Ofir, Nurit, Aish

One day ascent of Mt. Adams via the south side route. Reached south side climbers TH at 23:30. Started off on the climb at 12:45 AM. Reached Pikers peak/false summit at 08:20. John exhibited symptoms of altitude sickness and dehydration - decided that I'd stay back with him. Ofir and Nurit summitted 1.5 hrs later. Glissaded part of the way down. Back to the car at 17:00. Definitely not doing S.Side beyond June or when the weather is hot - climbing on scree is not fun.
Posted Jul 28, 2004 3:50 pm

BentleyRoute Climbed: Mazama Glacier/Suksdorf Ridge Date Climbed: July 15, 2003  Sucess!


Gigantic lenticular blew in just as I summited--my buddies who were 10 min. ahead of me got awesome summit pics!
Posted Jul 10, 2004 8:22 pm

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