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dkantolaRoute Climbed: Leuthold Couloir Date Climbed: March 11, 2004  Sucess!


Snow was solid neve thanks to an unusual melt-freeze cycle that started the previous few days. The route never felt steep or exposed, but frequent barrages of ice fall made it more interesting to say the least. Stay away from this route in warm weather.
Posted Mar 12, 2004 11:00 pm

esugiRoute Climbed: South Side (Hogsback) Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!


This mountain is always special for me because it was my first ever climb, back in 1999. My friends Mike, Philippe, and I carried something like 45-50 lbs and camped above Palmer chairlift for one night. Crazy, after looking back (I would just start from the parking lot with a 25 lb pack next time). Plan to head back there in spring 2004.
Posted Mar 6, 2004 11:07 pm

cmc56789Route Climbed: South Side / Hogback Date Climbed: March 2, 2004  Sucess!


Started out with a clear sky. about the time I passed Illumination Rock some clouds moved in but stayed below the 9000' ft level, leaving clear blue sky above. the clouds limited the views from the summit and I could only see the very tops of the Sisters, Jefferson, and Rainier. I could see Adams and St. Helens a little better. The Bergschrund was completely filled in. I saw about 12 other climbers mostly ski/snowboard mountaineers. on the way back down, there were a few points near the ski area where i could only see about 5 feet in front of me due to the clouds. It was nice to not deal with the big crowds, Rockfall, and crevasse danger that are more frequent later in the season.
Posted Mar 3, 2004 5:29 pm

Jeff HRoute Climbed: Southside Date Climbed: Feb. 21, 2004  Sucess!
Second trip to the summit in the last two months. Had a great view this time. Everyone on the route enjoying a great weather day.
Posted Feb 26, 2004 8:28 pm

cluckRoute Climbed: South side Date Climbed: 2/21/04  Sucess!


What a nice day on the South side.

Not super cold for Feb. Little wind. Steps from the parking lot to the summit. Pearly Gates super easy. Views on top. As tame and easy as a Hood climb will ever be.

Lots of climbers due to the nice weather. Saw parties on two different routes on Devil's Kitchen headwall, which appeared to be in fine shape.

Ran into a group from SF bay area, climbing Hood as a bachelor party. Boy did they luck out on the weather. However, poor form for a bach. party as there wasn't booze or strippers on the summit.

Left parking lot at 6:20AM. Up top in 5.5 hours.
Posted Feb 22, 2004 9:38 pm

dkantolaRoute Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: February 10, 2004  Sucess!


Solid windpack above the Palmer made for good walking conditions going up. It was warm and windless with unlimited visibility on the summit. The 'schrund was completely bridged and covered.
Posted Feb 17, 2004 12:24 am

burn'nRoute Climbed: Steel Cliffs Date Climbed: Feb 10,2004  Sucess!
Traversed across head of White River @ 3am, Cimbed the main chute to the east of the main rock outcropping. 5.5 mixed ice/rock. The only real troubles were the holes/cavities created by the hot rocks, creating mini crevases/holes that would suck me in. The rime coating was a little weak for some the exposure to put too much faith in my tools. Had to leave a pair of poles at about 10,500 on the west side of the ridge, they kept getting caught on ovver hangs and walls. So if you find them they are all yours. Stayed on the ridge the whole way and only hit the Wy'East when it meets the ridge. But the day was beautiful and the night moonlight was plenty to climb by. Took 7 hrs from the parking lot to summit, solo.
Posted Feb 11, 2004 4:28 pm

farkenclimbinRoute Climbed: Hogs back Date Climbed: 2-09-2004  Sucess!


Great day. It was a little gusty hiking up palmer, but not too bad. We had to cut our tracks so it was slow going. 7 hours to the top. It was well worth the effort. The summit was amazing! No wind and very good visibility. Awsome day.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 7:58 pm

vertxRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: February 9, 2004  Sucess!


Perfect day. No clouds. Very warm. No wind on the summit. A lot of postholing after the Palmer Chair. It made for a log day to the summit. Over 6 hours from Timberline, 2 hours down. We spent 30 Minutes enjoying the view on the summit. Helens, Rainier and Adams on one side, the Sisters on the other.
Posted Feb 9, 2004 8:36 pm

Dave in BendRoute Climbed: South Side/Hogback Date Climbed: May 20, 1995....June 12, 1999....April 8, 2000....June 24, 2000  Sucess!
I have climbed Mount Hood a total of 4 times and fell off it once. That's what happens when you get too cocky. I did my third successful summit of the volcano on a crystal-clear morning, April 8, 2000. Everything was going great until I started down from the top. Just as I was descending into the steepest part of the Chute (without crampons), I lost my footing and fell down 300 vertical feet of steep ice to the bottom of the crater bowl just behind Crater Rock. That fall kicked the living crap out of me, but it could have been much, much worse. I signed up for a mountaineering course with Timberline Mountain Guides a month or so later and summited the mountain again in June, this time with ropes and a guide. Mount Hood is a great mountain and a very enjoyable climb, but if you underestimate it and don't treat it with the respect it demands of all climbers, it will kick the shit out of you. If you're lucky, you might live to talk about it.
Posted Jan 26, 2004 9:08 pm

dkantolaRoute Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: January 21, 2004  Sucess!


Temperature was in the mid-20s, but with no wind and high altitude solar radiation it was the hottest day I've experienced on Mt. Hood. The bergschrund was almost closed and bridged across the middle. In the winter you should approach the Hogsback by heading straight for Crater Rock and staying as close to the rime-encrusted rock as possible. Don't cross the avalanche prone slope between Devils Kitchen and Crater Rock like you would in late spring/summer.
Posted Jan 23, 2004 9:05 pm

Jeff HRoute Climbed: South Side/Hogsback Date Climbed: January 17th, 2004  Sucess!
First trip to the summit. Left he parking lot at 6:15am and had a easy hike to just below Crater Rock. Meet three climbers from Portland who were postholing up to the Hogsback. Thanks guys for the steps. Continued climbing with this group (gave me a chance to payback some of their hard work) over the bergshrund and thru the pearly gates. We were the first to the summit. Clouds were thick but the wind wasn't terrible. Pictures of an untracked summit are great but guess the view will have to wait until another day. Climbed back down and was home in Camas by early afternoon. Awesome day for a climb.
Posted Jan 18, 2004 3:56 pm

kovarpaRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: August 18, 2003  Sucess!


Very late in the season - icy and loose rock in Pearly Gates (or whatever you call that gully above the bergshrung) - it was very stupid from me not to wear a helmet...
Posted Dec 23, 2003 12:38 pm

jverschuylRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: July 02 1994  Sucess!


Reached the summit in driving rain and ice. I hear the view is nice, so I'll be back. Hopefully next time to try Cooper's Spur.
Posted Oct 24, 2003 12:56 pm

IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: June 15, 2003  Sucess!


Great trip, perfect weather!
Posted Oct 12, 2003 10:58 pm

vertxRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: June 29, 2003  Sucess!


Started about 11:45 at night to try to avoid any crowds. Nasty weather through 9000 feet.
Posted Sep 28, 2003 11:31 am

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: south side/hogsback Date Climbed: May 20, 1979

Don Nelsen

My first mountain! Starting at 12:20 AM with my brother David and friends John, Rob and Scott we summited 5 hours, 40 minutes later and were greated with clear skies and light winds. I grew up in Portland so I had been looking out at this mountain all my life. Finally got to the top.

I've climbed this peak at least another 12 times since '79 - (The most recent on June 9th, 2006) every trip memorable!
Posted Sep 16, 2003 1:59 pm

paclimberRoute Climbed: South - Hogsback Date Climbed: June 23, 2003  Sucess!


Did Hood as a two-day climb. Started from the Timberline Lodge parking lot about noon on the 22nd. Dreary conditions at 6000 ft. It had been drizzling / snowing off and on for two days. At the start of our climb it still cool (40's), but it had cleared a bit to offer intermittent views of the summit through the clouds.

We hiked up to above the Palmer lift, and set up camp near the twin rocks around 9000 feet. Now we were above the clouds and in brilliant sunshine, and the summit was in full view. We awoke about 3:00 AM on the 23rd and gathered together our climbing party. We roped up at the hogsback, did an end-run around the Bergschrund, and reached the summit about 8:00 AM. Was part of the summit ash-scattering cermony for Highpoint Club founder Jack Longacre. In all, a great climb with a great group of climbers.
Posted Sep 10, 2003 10:59 am

OtomaxRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: June 4, 2000  Sucess!


Went with Timberline Mt. Guides. Great, professional guides. Had a lot of fun and learned a ton. Unfortunately, a women in another group unclipped from her rope and fell to her death 15 minutes after we left the summit. Very sad end to a great climb.
Posted Aug 20, 2003 6:35 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: June 23, 2003  Sucess!


Started at the parking lot on the 22nd in wind rain and fog. Camped near the top of Palmer. Met up with a group of friends that were there to spread Jack's ashes the next day. We left the camp on the 23rd around 3:00 a.m.; hit the summit around 5:30 a.m.

Had perfect weather on top, light wind, clear but a little cold. Couldn't get the kite to fly with the lack of wind. Started down and met the ash folks on the Hogs back. Glissaded most of the way to the bottom of Palmer lift.

Posted Aug 5, 2003 1:57 pm

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