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OregonNativeRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: Late Winter 2002 (maybe march?)  Sucess!
Parked at cooper spur ski area. Climbed with JZ. The glacier was covered well. Took a break in a snowcave below the bergschrund to eat and brew and nap. There were a couple of steep steps and we used a few screws. Summited late morning. Cooper was too loaded to downclimb as was the Sunshine route, so we hiked down the chairlifts and hitched a ride back to the truck with some guy who told stories of meeting all of the famous climbers of the previous generation. Interesting guy.
Posted Nov 13, 2002 9:22 pm

fastandlightRoute Climbed: Cooper Spur Route Date Climbed: August 9, 2002  Sucess!

fastandlight

This turned out to be an epic climb. Perfect weather the entire day, but lots of rock fall and tricky climbing up rock couloirs. I would recommend climbing this route earlier in the season.
Posted Nov 5, 2002 10:34 pm

Martin CashRoute Climbed: West Crater Rim Date Climbed: June 21, 2002  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Had a great time in May on the Hogsback route, so I came back for a harder route. Slept in the car then took a snowcat to the top of the lift. Cut to the left of Crater Rock and around the scree patch, then straight up to the summit ridge. Was about as steep as between the bergschrund and pearly gates on the hogsback route, but the steep section is much longer. The weather this time was much better with almost no wind. It was a lot easier trip than last time with a daypack, the cat, and no 50 mph winds!
Posted Oct 31, 2002 4:06 pm

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: May 26, 2002  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Camped at 8,500 feet to acclimitize, then summited the next morning. Weather was marginal, several parties turned back due to poor visibility at the bottom of the hogsback. The bergschrund was only open about 1 foot, easy to step over. Wind was flying down through the pearly gates at about 50 miles per hour. I almost lost my balance a couple of times. Visibility was about 20 feet at the summit with a wind chill about zero. Descent was uneventful, but tiring.
Posted Oct 31, 2002 3:50 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: South side Hogsback Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!

rmjwinters

Climbed with my friend Scott on a beautiful day. 6 hrs roundtrip from the Lodge. Bergschrund was a little dicey, but negotiable.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:48 pm

jasonconnellRoute Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: May 18th 2002  Sucess!

jasonconnell

Brought a friend up who had never skied or climbed before. We drove up after work on the 16th from Seattle and slept in the car. On the 17th we skied under perfect sunny skies, at 2pm we dumped the ski's and caught the chair lift up to 8,500'. We Climbed up to 9,200' and found a great spot for the night. We left the tent around 6am on the 18th, the sun had left us with low clouds. Above the Hogsback the bottleneck really started, at one point above the bergshrund we waited for nearly 30 minutes w/o moving. Conditions were very icy (I actually bent the point on my axe) and in the 50degree neighborhood. We summited at 11am, Zero vis from the summit. decent was uneventful and slow.(waiting allot)
Posted Sep 26, 2002 9:56 pm

cluckRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: May 25, 2002

cluck

We left Timberline parking lot just after midnight. The summit looked deceptively close under clear skies and a full moon. We took our place in the endless line of headlamps trudging our way up the mountain in the dark. At 8500 feet, we took a quick break for some food and then continued marching up toward the summit. By daybreak, some weather had begun to blow in from the West and visibility was down to about 100 feet. Ascending from sea level to 9000 feet in just a few hours had also left one of our party ill with altitude sickness. At 9200 feet, we paused to assess the condition of the weather and our altitude sickness-stricken teammate. The decision was made to turn back and try again another day.
Posted Sep 12, 2002 5:20 pm

couchtaterRoute Climbed: South Side (Hogsback) Date Climbed: May 12, 2001  Sucess!

couchtater

Weather was perfect, the first good weekend of the climbing season. Must have been 100 people on the mountain. This was my first western peak, my 6th state highpoint. What a thrill!
Posted Sep 6, 2002 1:29 pm

IdahoClimberRoute Climbed: Cooper Spur Date Climbed: August 10, 2002  Sucess!

IdahoClimber

Not the recommended month to climb Hood. Lots of small rockfall, that you could hear and see coming. Took 8 hours versus the 4-6 it was supposed to take. Descended the southside. Crossing above the bergschrund was horrible. Ice with a layer of dirt on top, also rockfall coming down. Cooper Spur is a challenging route especially at the top. Only saw one other person, some crazy englishman who summited up the south route in 2 1/2 hours. There is no shuttle service back to the trailhead so if you only have one car you better hope for a ride with someone who is prepared to go out of their way. (Thanks Keith). View was incredible and the devil's kitchen is pretty foul smelling.
Posted Aug 13, 2002 1:57 pm

Joe HanssenRoute Climbed: Palmer Glacier/Hogsback Date Climbed: Summer '97  Sucess!

Joe Hanssen

Made an evening ascent, reached the summit for sundown. Made camp on Hogsback next to Crater Rock, I don't suggest camping here to anyone else as everything smelled like sulfphur afterwards.
Posted Jul 29, 2002 10:04 am

mattcrsbwsRoute Climbed: south side hogsback Date Climbed: June 14 2001  Sucess!
Climb described by summit log already posted by idpinky. It's my tent that seems to be about to be blown away. My dad Jack , the guy who got hit by the rock, and I got a lot of sleep that night. yeah right. I guess the wind decided to blow at little different angle than usualy because the tent was setup to take blows from the direction that the ice and snow had been wind blown and we hadn't prepared it with guy lines. We ended up getting slightly side swipted.
Posted Jul 26, 2002 8:27 am

Fred SpickerRoute Climbed: Leuthold Couloir, Sunshine, & S. Side Old Crater Date Climbed: 29 Mar 1975, 2 May 1981 & 8 June 2003  Sucess!

Fred Spicker

1975 via Leuthold Couloir with David Coughlin, Al Munhall, & Chuck Grant

1981 via Sunshine with David Coughlin & Jon Petterson

2003 via the S. Side, Old Crater variation, solo
Posted Jul 25, 2002 9:50 am

jtschanzRoute Climbed: S. Side Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!

jtschanz

Summitted Mt. Hood on the second try. Unfortunately, combination of lack of sleep and fumes from devil's kitchen caused some "severe discomfort", but the hogsback and pearly gates was awesome!
Posted Jul 15, 2002 11:38 am

BicRungeeRoute Climbed: south side Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!


Climbed with peter, robin & LJo. Skied descent from about 9,500 feet. Beats walking.
Posted Jul 10, 2002 4:38 pm

barryDate Climbed: may25 2000  Sucess!

barry

had fun the first time and came back
Posted Jul 1, 2002 5:20 pm

barryDate Climbed: april 15 2000  Sucess!

barry

fun hike
Posted Jul 1, 2002 5:18 pm

marcminishRoute Climbed: Hogsback/SouthSide Date Climbed: 5/28/02  Sucess!

marcminish

Some really amazing scenery as we were moving up Hogsback at about 9:00PM. Crossed the schrund just as night fell. Not a difficult climb by any stretch, but really a fun way to take in some great views. Summitted with my buddies Paul Ivaska and Jim Poe.
Posted Jun 24, 2002 2:54 pm

tbnelsonRoute Climbed: Southside/Palmer Glacier/HOgsback Date Climbed: June 8, 2002  Sucess!

tbnelson

Summitted at 8:50 AM the day after the mountain reopened after the May 30th Bergshrund Fall/Helicopter Crash. We started are ascent during a brief break in the weather at quarter to four in the morning. We experienced gusts of winds to 40-50 mph with spindrift causing drifts that we postholed to thigh-deep in some places. As we were getting ready to retreat at about 10,000 feet we bumped into a solo climber from Vancouver and the weather looked as if it was breaking. By the time we reached the top of the Hogsback we had very little wind and were experiencing crystal blue skies. We summitted with spectacular conditions at the top on a summit nobody had stood upon for over a week. The ten other climbers that had registered on Friday and Saturday turned back. Our descent was in relatively good weather with clouds and snow developing as we returned to the Timberline Lodge parking lot. We were interviewed by Portland's Channel 8 News. We then left for an unsuccessful ski ascent and descent of Mount Adams.



Great Summit. Sobering to think of the three deaths as we passed the 'shrund. We look forward to Eliot Glacier next year.
Posted Jun 10, 2002 9:22 am

Paul BurkholderRoute Climbed: Southside, Old Crater Variation Date Climbed: May 30,2002  Sucess!

Paul Burkholder

We took the Old Crater Variation after seeing too many slow moving climbers in the area between the bergschrund and the Pearly Gates. Our time on the summit was beautiful, our descent became a nightmare. 3 separate teams below us all fell into the bergschrund, 9 people total, 3 died. Then just when we thought the last seriously injured person was going to be airlifted out, the helicopter crashes. Unbelievably, there were no more deaths. We had planned to go to Rainier the next day, but our hearts weren't in it. At this time, I have no desire to ever climb Hood again.



ADDED July 13, 2004: Time has a way of changing things. After 2 years I decided I didn't want my last memories of Mt. Hood to be so negative. Thursday afternoon I drove 500 miles to the Timberline parking lot. Friday morning I nearly ran up the south side to the summit. It was beautifully cold and I was wonderfully, unbelievably . . . alone. I made my peace with Mt. Hood and then began a slow, relaxed descent back to the truck.
Posted Jun 2, 2002 8:39 pm

monkeyboyRoute Climbed: Southside Date Climbed: 5-18-02  Sucess!
Flying Solo
Posted May 20, 2002 8:09 pm

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