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crirwinRoute Climbed: South Side Hogsback Date Climbed: May 29, 2003  Sucess!

crirwin

My friend Nathan and I went with Timberline Mountain Guides for our first summit of Hood. There were 7 of us and 2 guides. We met at the climbers station at Timberline Lodge at 1:30am for the 2:00am cat ride up to the top of the Palmer snow field. We started off on foot at about 2:45. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the stars were incredible. We headed north up the mountain and could see the Big Dipper ahead of us. To the east you could see the lights of Portland. It was so clear that a jet flew overhead and we could actually watch it land at PDX.



The temperatures were mild and the wind wasn't too bad as we headed up toward Crater Rock. As we passed by Devils Kitchen the air was filled with the smell of sulfur and you could see the hot gasses rising from the mountain. As the sun began to rise we could see the pyramid like shape shadow of the mountain - first against the fog and light cloud cover to the west and eventually against the lowlands below us as the sun began to rise higher in the sky. (Unfortunately, I didn't get a good time to take out my camera and take a picture).



By 6:30 we made it to the base of the Hogsback and roped up. We climbed up the Hogsback, around the Bergshrund to the left, and up through the Pearly Gates. We were on the summit at 7:20am. It was a little windy but still not too cold. We could see all the mountains north and south - Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, Jefferson, Three Sisters, Bachelor. After about 20 minutes on the top we headed down.



On the way back down one of my team members broke a crampon and we had some tense moments pressed up close to one of the rock formations of the Pearly Gates as our guide fixed it. We had been the first on the mountain and we had to negotiate other teams coming up as we very carefully headed back down the Hogsback. We got off the Hogsback and continued back down. It started to get very warm and the snow quite

mushy. We finally hit the Lodge about 12:30.



It was an incredibly perfect day!! I'm psyched to do it again. TMG is a first class outfit.
Posted May 31, 2003 2:23 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: south side - hogsback route Date Climbed: May 24, 2003  Sucess!

Dean

The mountain was packed by climbers wanting to get Hood in before the weather got too warm. You could've actually done the Mtn. without crampons due to the condition of the snow which was a big help to me as I was solo. It was like going up a staircase all the way to the summit.



In fact, the snow was so soft that snowshoes would have been helpful on the descent all the way to the parking lot. I had to wait at the hogsback for awhile to let the congestion ease up. When i summitted, there was no view as the clouds swallowed up the summit area.



However, it was still great to be up there with the amazing scenery. It was reported by a climber who summitted on both Sat and Sun that during saturday night a huge rock fell in the pearly gate area and triggered a wet slide that removed all of the snow leaving just bare ice and opened the bergscrund by about 18 feet making it more of a true mountaineering challenge for those who went up on sunday.

Posted May 24, 2003 8:21 pm

cmc56789Route Climbed: South Side (hogsback) Date Climbed: May 13th, 2003  Sucess!

cmc56789

climbed this solo on a very sunny day. left at 6:30 am and summited a little after 12:30. The fumaroles were a pretty cool thing to see, but not very pleasant smelling. saw about 30 people, but lucked out and had the summit all to myself. views from Rainier to the Sisters. had a fun glissade down from Crater Rock to the top of the chairlift. Took two and a half hours to descend. It was a pretty fun first climb of Hood.
Posted May 13, 2003 6:35 pm

PeterOrthRoute Climbed: Leuthold Couloir Date Climbed: May 10, 2003  Sucess!
Began the ascent under a clear sky @ 3am. Cached skis at Illumination Saddle, began the traverse to the base of the couloir. Roped to my partner, we had no problems up through the Hourglass. Boom---whiteout conditions almost instantaneously. Continued up as conditions got worse---we figured it was best to downclimb the Hogsback than the couloir. The traverse on the summit ridge was dicey to say the least, especially after I fell through a cornice! Luckily we set solid pro, and continued to the summit. Ran into a solo climber on the way down, and convinced him only a nut would continue up to the summit in white out conditions with snowfall. :-) He returned with us to Timberline Lodge. A 9 hour summit, but I'd never climb in that weather again. That's where statistics are made!
Posted May 13, 2003 4:45 pm

Dan WinterRoute Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: 5/2/03  Sucess!

Dan Winter

Left Timberline at midnight and summited around 6:30 with a party of 10. Had clear skies and fairly light winds. The last slope after the bergschrung was a lot nicer than the icy conditions I encountered in May last year.
Posted May 4, 2003 6:54 pm

HawkeyeHuffordDate Climbed: June 20, 2001  Sucess!

HawkeyeHufford

I joined a party of six other climbers, Tim from St.Louis, Dave from Rapid City,SD, Mike and Al from Mass, Kent from Titusville, NJ, and Mike from Portland. Guided by Eric and Bob with Timberline Mountain Guides, we began our ascent (after taking the snow cat up to 8500 feet) at 2:30am. After making only two stops (I would have preferred a couple more)we summitted at 6:30am. Virtually no wind. Clear skies. Quite a beautiful mountain. We were soon joined at the top by an 80 year-old man from Las Vegas and his 46 year-old son along with another Timberline Mountain guide. Thought to be the oldest to have ever made the summit of Mt Hood. "

Steve Hufford

Anchorage, Alaska USA



Posted May 2, 2003 12:54 pm

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Devil's Kitchen Headwall Date Climbed: March 30, 2003  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Climbed the Devil's Kitchen Headwall solo, and had quite an experience. Read about it in this trip report.
Posted Mar 31, 2003 10:37 am

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

MikeB

Easy cruise on a beautiful day. Nice ski down.
Posted Mar 9, 2003 5:04 pm

cluckRoute Climbed: South Side -standard Date Climbed: March 2, 2003  Sucess!

cluck

Began climbing just after 4:30AM.



Good weather until about 9:00AM when winds picked up significantly. Gusts estimated over 50MPH at summit.



Hogsback in great shape, shrund filled in. Snow in pearly gates was a little softer than ideal.



Snow conditions were favorable for a rope team or individual arrest of a fall. Chose to climb unroped as team of 2 was solid and safety factor of rope didn't outweight extra time to rope up, particularly given approaching weather.



Descended through cloudy, low visibility conditions below 9500'. Back to car a little before 1:00PM
Posted Mar 3, 2003 7:19 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: South side, Leuthold Coulior, Sandy Headwall, Wy'East Date Climbed: 9X from '93-'99  Sucess!

darinchadwick

I've made it 9 out of 11 tries. Only once climbed in summer, it was awful. February and March have had the best climbs. Favorite route: Leuthold Coulior. Worst climb: Taking a bunch or raw beginners up the Wy'East in icy October conditions. Best memory: Guiding two of my 13 year old students to the top, along with a fellow teacher\friend who lived in Hood River (with Mt. Hood in his backyard) was just diagnosed with Leukemia, and decided he had better climb the mountain, or he never would. Seeing him call his wife from the summit was one of the most rewarding moments in my climbing life.
Posted Feb 12, 2003 11:19 pm

HammerRoute Climbed: Reid Glacier Headwall Date Climbed: February 8, 2003  Sucess!

Hammer

Incredible route! We took the longer original route that goes through a prominent gully at the top of the glacier then traverses over an exposed snow rib and then up another long gully. We could see the easier/shorter variation over to our right as we were ascending. Had great views looking down on a party climbing Leutholds and again when we topped out above West Crater Rim. Conditions were icey in spots making sustained frontpointing the desired mode of ascension with two tools. We summited at 5:30 P.M. in time to watch a beautiful sunset. Even rode the shovel down once we reached the Palmer . Quite an experience in the dark!
Posted Feb 11, 2003 7:30 am

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Wy'East Steel Cliff Gulley Variation Date Climbed: 2/9/03  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Left the lodge at about 4:45 AM and climbed up to about 9,000 feet then accross to the east then up the Steel Cliff Gulleys. The Wy'East route was in excellent shape. A ton of exposure and lots of scary traverses. Definately bring 2 tools. We got ice particles rained down on us several times. I got calf flameout from frontpointing on 55 to 60 degree ice gullies a few times. The route was really long. It took us 9.5 hours to summit and I've done the Hogsback in 4. Incredible weather all weekend, but it got a bit windy on the descent. We encountered other parties doing Sandy Headwall, Reid Headwall, Leutholds, and West Crater Rim. All were happy with conditions.
Posted Feb 10, 2003 3:06 pm

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: February 9, 2003  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

Great conditions on a rare weather window in February. Views to Diamond Peak in the south. Sunny but solid conditions. Summited with friend Steve I met in an expedition course last year.
Posted Feb 10, 2003 10:47 am

HammerRoute Climbed: Leuthold Coulior Date Climbed: January 18, 2003  Sucess!

Hammer

Route was much more difficult this year due to both the steepness of the couloir and the snow conditions being really soft. Due the warm weather we were pelted by ice and rock fall from 9000' to 10500'. the others on my rope and myself came down with minor injuries due to the icefall but nothing serious except some good bruises, facial scraps, and possibly a broken finger. Weather was beautiful (probably too warm to be climbing) and we enjoyed a clear summit with only one other party sharing the top.



Route took a couple of hours longer than anticipated and what wehad done it previously. Watched a climber take a reverse fall over a 30-40 foot cliff and fall another couple of hundred feet trying to downclimb a variation of leuthold's at the base of Yocum Ridge. Luckily he was unhurt. The descent was uneventful except noticing that the std berg was not visible but another smaller one is open on the east side of the hogsback not far below the pearly gates. The hogs back is extremely narrow compared to previous years.
Posted Jan 20, 2003 5:55 am

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: January 11, 2003  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Attemped to do West Crater Rim, but our group chickened out after discovering there was no boot track, the conditions on the route were very icy, and the wind chills of approximately 30 below. The Hogsback was a good climb. Signifacantly harder in winter conditions than a trip up in late spring or summer. 16 out of 19 members of our party summited. Spectacular sunrise as we climbed above the clouds at about 9,500 feet. All of our eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial hair were frozen into icecycles on the summit. We looked like the Yeti! Glissaded part of the way down, then had some beer and pizza and celebrated.
Posted Jan 11, 2003 10:44 pm

dsnellRoute Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: May 1995  Sucess!

dsnell

It was a beautiful climb in May of 1995, when El Nino was in full force, dumping massive snow on the Cascades. The Bergshrund presented no problems at all. I recommend leaving very early, as we had to negotiate a group of Snowcat climbers on our descent of the Hogsback, even though we left at midnight on a weekday in the early season.
Posted Dec 18, 2002 11:40 am

Noah (Oregon)Route Climbed: West Crater Rim Variation of S. Side Date Climbed: December 7, 2002  Sucess!

Noah (Oregon)

In case you don't know this route... you climb the S. Side (as normal) until just below Crater Rock, head West towards Illumination Rock and then turn into the gap between Castle Crags and Crater Rock, heading up to the summit in a direct, stinky (due to the sulphur fumes) line over steep snow. I managed to get to the summit ridge in around 4 hours (including one failed attempt to reach the ridge more directly via a little couloir and frozen waterfall which ended in my rejection and retreat). I made the top of the West Crater Rim but couldn't move to the right without downclimbing beneath some sketchy, loose rock and regaining the ridge closer to the Pearly Gates. I will post a picture soon showing the crux, a stack of poorly covered rock no wider than a diving board and totally exposed. I was solo so I never even considered trying to take it head on. Going around it on the N. side was out of the question and I didn't really care enough to cross all the way over to the Hogsback and reclimb just to get the extra 20 feet of elevation and "bag the summit" as I have been up there twice before.



The climb was much more intense than anything I have done on Hood before because despite the "Winter" date on the calendar, there was a lot of loose rock and ice coming off the West Crater Rim and it was hot and sunny. This is a real bowling alley and I hope to never climb it again unless everything is under a solid sheet of snow (though this is also a big avalanche area). I took a chunk of ice the size of a softball right in the middle of my pack as I descended and many fying-pan-sized rocks went whizzing down the mountain on both sides of me. Obviously this route is technically pretty straight-forward (or I wouldn't have been able to do it), however the objective dangers seemed a lot greater than the Hogsback and I wouldn't do it again without better snow conditions.



Let's hope for some good snow. Enjoy and climb safe, NOAH



p.s. Technically I didn't reach the absolute highest point on the summit ridge, but don't hold it against me :)
Posted Dec 9, 2002 3:42 pm

zzrilRoute Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: February  Sucess!

zzril

Winter solo with snowboard descent. Had a couple from N. Jersey ask me to pose with my board when I reached the lodge. Crazy snowboarders!
Posted Nov 22, 2002 12:54 pm

pbeebeRoute Climbed: Castle Crags Date Climbed: September 16, 2002  Sucess!
Soloed this in just under 3 hours (from lodge) while on a retreat for grad school =) Watch out for loose rocks!
Posted Nov 17, 2002 6:12 pm

pbeebeRoute Climbed: South side Date Climbed: June 27, 2002  Sucess!
Nice route- overcrowded though. We got an early start to avoid crowds - even with the recent deaths, people are still acting stupid on the slope above the bergschrund - roped up teams descending/ascending, crossing over eachother.... when are they gonna learn?
Posted Nov 17, 2002 6:06 pm

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