Mount Hood Climber's Log
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|cluck||Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: May 25, 2002|
|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|
|couchtater||Route Climbed: South Side (Hogsback) Date Climbed: May 12, 2001|
|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|
|IdahoClimber||Route Climbed: Cooper Spur Date Climbed: August 10, 2002|
|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 Hanssen||Route Climbed: Palmer Glacier/Hogsback Date Climbed: Summer '97|
|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|
|mattcrsbws||Route Climbed: south side hogsback Date Climbed: June 14 2001|
|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 Spicker||Route Climbed: Leuthold Couloir, Sunshine, & S. Side Old Crater Date Climbed: 29 Mar 1975, 2 May 1981 & 8 June 2003|
|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|
|jtschanz||Route Climbed: S. Side Date Climbed: June 22, 2002|
|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|
|BicRungee||Route Climbed: south side Date Climbed: June 2000|
Climbed with peter, robin & LJo. Skied descent from about 9,500 feet. Beats walking.
|Posted Jul 10, 2002 4:38 pm|
|barry||Date Climbed: may25 2000|
|had fun the first time and came back|
|Posted Jul 1, 2002 5:20 pm|
|barry||Date Climbed: april 15 2000|
|Posted Jul 1, 2002 5:18 pm|
|marcminish||Route Climbed: Hogsback/SouthSide Date Climbed: 5/28/02|
|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|
|tbnelson||Route Climbed: Southside/Palmer Glacier/HOgsback Date Climbed: June 8, 2002|
|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 Burkholder||Route Climbed: Southside, Old Crater Variation Date Climbed: May 30,2002|
|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|
|monkeyboy||Route Climbed: Southside Date Climbed: 5-18-02|
|Posted May 20, 2002 8:09 pm|
|Cascade High||Route Climbed: South Side Route Date Climbed: April 25, 2002|
|Started hiking at 11:30 PM on 4/25/02 from Timberline lodge. Stashed skis at Silcox hut. Made it to the top of Palmer lift at 2:45 AM. Used crampons from then on. We didn't need headlamps most of the time because the full moon provided enough light for climbing. The wind was fierce and the temperature was COLD! Our water was freezing up fast. We were thankful for the sun as we climbed the Hogsback. The wind died down and the temperature rose slightly. Summited at 6:30 AM. You can't ask for a much more beautiful place to watch the sunrise. Roped up on the way down. With only two people in our climbing party, the descent went fast. Started high-speed glissading just below Crater Rock. Made it to our skis at the Silcox. We tried to keep from falling for the quick journey to the car. We arrived at the car @ 9:30 AM. This was a great start to what looks to be a wonderful climbing year! Shane & Matt|
|Posted May 20, 2002 11:10 am|
|synne.chadwick||Route Climbed: South side Date Climbed: June 1999|
|Summited on an overcast and foggy day. The hogsback is a real slog, and not very steep. If I were to do it again, I would try the Leuthold colouir.|
|Posted May 18, 2002 5:26 am|
|jthiessen||Route Climbed: South Side (Hogsback) Date Climbed: May 10, 2002|
|We took the long route and walked from Timberline Lodge starting at 12:30 a.m. Reached the top of Palmer at about 3:00 a.m. with very few teams on the mountain that day. The clouds broke about that time and we had good weather the rest of the day with no wind. Next time I will bring skiis for the ride back down because walking down the Palmer was no fun at all.|
|Posted May 14, 2002 11:15 am|
|Hammer||Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: May 4, 2002|
|Climbed the South side anticipating the weather to change for the worse. However, the weather cooperated and we made good time up to the Palmer. We attempted gaining shelter at the Palmer Ski Lift House but an over zealous snow cat driver kept having us move out of his way. After a short time there and a little instruction on how to put on crampons to my buddy (first snow climb ever) we were off. Devil's Kitchen was in high gear and the stink was extra incredible even with the sustained winds. After reaching the Hogsback and roping up with Carl (from Reno), the five us made our way up past the slightly open 'schrund to the summit. Wind on the summit was bitter cold so our time there was short. The descent down was uneventful except for watching the lenticular clouds move in and decrease visibility for a short time. Glissading conditions were less than optimal, however, being the skilled shovel rider that I am, I made my way down the mountain at a quick rate. (My ass feels the pain today however)|
|Posted May 7, 2002 2:54 am|
|Noah (Oregon)||Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: April 21st, 2002|
|Whose ideas was it to encourage people to climb through the night? I was just so exhausted. I really liked the way I did it last year when we started in the afternoon, camped at triangle moraine and then summited the next morning. I climbed with Gabe from the parking lot at Timberline to the summit and back. We were out for a total of about 9 hours (counting several very long rest breaks where I actually considered just going to sleep). I was just too tired. I didn't get my second wind until the Hogsback. It turned out to be a lot of fun but the fist three hours were the definition of a slog. As for the climb itself... Most people were in small two or three person groups. It was below freezing and hadn't snowed in several days. Roping up was not necessary but we did anyway at Crater Rock. The bergschrund was only about 18 inches wide. The chance of stonefall near Crater Rock and the Pearly Gates was pretty minimal due to lots of snow encrusting all the rock faces. It was a great day to climb with few people on the route and a beautiful sky. That said, it was quite windy. It was actually hard to stand still and take good pictures on the summit (during the time I was there around 7:45am) due to some big gusts. Nonetheless, it was a great climb and I can't wait to go back and climb it solo or with my wife (but not from the parking lot at 1:00 in the morning).|
*No real bergschrund in April of 2002.
*No need for snowshoes (some people were carrying them).
*Water in waterbottles froze; took thermos.
*Starting at 1 am and climbing through the night sucks.
*Too much sulfur (near Crater Rock) made me really dizzy.
*Sleep is important. Sleep is good.
*Mt. Hood is wonderful and beautiful!
|Posted Apr 29, 2002 2:22 pm|
|Hammer||Route Climbed: Leuthold Couloir Date Climbed: March 3, 2002|
|Zancudo and I set out from the parking lot at 4:40 A.M. after a worthless attempt of sleep at the Mazama Lodge. Pace was pretty good to the top of the Palmer and across to Illumination Saddle. The descent down onto the Reid was a little hairy and we ended up back tracking slightly after reaching a point where I didn't feel all that comfortable. Crossed the Reid and then roped together to make the ascent up the Colouir through the Hourglass. Lots of small ice rained down on us pretty much the entire time we were going through the Hourglass until we reached the Queen's chair. We took a nice break as a group that we knew came up on us. After a little BSing they went ahead and we followed up the last slopes to the summit ridge where we enjoyed a great summit.|
|Posted Apr 23, 2002 5:29 am|