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nicci_leeRoute Climbed: West? - Standard Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


Easy hike in. Last few hundred feet are a little hairy, loose rock slabs. The pinnacle is easy class V, the group I was with didn't rope up but a group ahead of us placed protection -- it feels fairly exposed. The weather was beautiful, hot. Bring lots of water and sunscreen if you climb during the summer.
Posted Feb 6, 2003 4:33 pm

zzrilRoute Climbed: W Ridge Date Climbed: Several  Sucess!


Great peak. Several summits of this mountain including a winter attempt thwarted by overhanging snow cauliflowers 50 ft. shy of the summit.
Posted Nov 22, 2002 1:00 pm

pbeebeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: October 27, 2002  Sucess!
Fun climb - we did it twice over the weekend. Last pitch of rock is fun with no real exposure and easy climbing. Weather seemed much better on the mountain both days in the morning, with clouds rolling in around noon-2pm.
Posted Nov 17, 2002 6:00 pm

msmarydalyRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: September 23, 2001  Sucess!
A gorgeous day to climb, lots of scree near the top, a fun scramble the last few feet for the summit.
Posted Oct 20, 2002 8:41 pm

tymeleroRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!


Both Mary and I hiked to the PCT on a beautiful day in September. We took a short break and started up the climbers trail. We had packed our rock climbing gear and a rope and just before the saddle we decided this was just taking too much gear. Especially after speaking with some climbers who passed us, we left our equipment stashed on the way up. Once we gained the saddle and scoped the summit pinnacle we started our scramble. The pinnacle was very easy climbing and unexposed. You can stay in between boulders and the handholds are large. Down climbing was only a bit more challenging. This is a great mountain to sharpen your teeth on.

Don’t forget to sign the summit log.

Posted Oct 19, 2002 1:33 pm

cjwhatRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 22, 2000  Sucess!


Large good holds on pinnacle made unprotected solo ascent non-scary.
Posted Oct 18, 2002 9:10 am

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 25, 2002  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

My most satisfying solo climb to date. Dramatic looking mountain. Had the mountain to myself until right before I got back to my car. Car to summit back to car in under 5 and 1/2 hours. Summit pinnacle was easier than I expected. One or two fifth class moves but the majority was 3rd and 4th class I thought. No need for a rope. Climbed it in just a few minutes. Downclimbing was easy. Summit register was missing the cap and it was just scraps of paper inside so no chance to sign it. Clouds rolled in as I summitted but views were nonexistent below me anyway due to the wildfires. Couldn't even see Diamond Lake. Got down quickly as I wanted to avoid that whole "lightning rod of the Cascades thing." Saw about 700 freaking chipmunks on the trail and one huge wild turkey. Awesome climb. Would like to go back and do the McLaughlin Memorial route up the west face. Fun!
Posted Aug 27, 2002 5:18 pm

HammerRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 5, 2002  Sucess!


Great day! First Group to summit as we got an early start in order to beat the heat. Passed many a hiker/climber on the way down. Only wished I would have taken care of my hot spots on my heels a little earlier! Nothing like raw meat, however got to dip them in Diamond lake before the drive to Smith Rock.
Posted Jul 9, 2002 12:54 pm

DonGrahamRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: June 16, 2002  Sucess!
We hit snow just after the 2 mile mark on the way up, and the trail disappeared! Route finding to the west ridge was very straight forward. We set up camp by the PCT junction with a great view. Stay close to the ridge above timberline to avoid very loose, steep talus. Summit block is an easy climb, but unless you enjoy exposed downclimbing bring a rope.
Posted Jun 19, 2002 1:24 pm

synne.chadwickRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!


Awsome climb/hike to the summit. It is a great short and fun climb that only takes about 1/2 a day.

The summit boulders are pretty exposed, but you can manage without a rope. However, I would not recommend it for people who are not used to climbing.

Posted May 18, 2002 5:14 am

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 96 or 97  Sucess!


Slept on the saddle just below the summit pinnacle. Climbed up in the predawn light to see the sunrise from the summit. The needle shadow is something to see. Another guy came up about an hour later, and while we were hanging out we saw a helicopter dip below the rim of crater lake and never come back up. We were some of the last people to see that chopper before it crashed into the lake.
Posted Mar 29, 2002 6:28 am

markmanRoute Climbed: west ridge Date Climbed: summer 94  Sucess!
I agree with dshoe about the rope. At least take one.

I might not have used mine on a nice day, but the wind was screamin and I was glad I had one for the way down.
Posted Feb 1, 2002 6:16 pm

dshoeRoute Climbed: West Ridge Route Date Climbed: 06-17-01  Sucess!


This climb/hike is probably one of my most favorite that I have done so far. It is definitely "short and sweet!" Round-trip took about 6 hours. Some nice third class scrambling just below the "saddle." Despite my better judgement, went ahead and climbed the summit block without a rope; can honestly say that I probably would not do it again without one. The views from the top are awesome, and the experience is grand, but the consequences of what could happen on that last 80 feet or so, unroped, are not really worth it.......................................In other words, no matter how good you think you are, you would be very wise to take a rope.
Posted Dec 21, 2001 10:04 am

ElwoodRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: June 97  Sucess!


I enjoyed the last steep section of the climb & the summit was pretty neat, being it was so small. Had a good time camping & hanging-out at Diamond Lake, we also had to play tourist & check-out Crater Lake.
Posted Nov 2, 2001 3:00 pm

ZancudoRoute Climbed: West ridge Date Climbed: 8-25-01  Sucess!
Climbed with (and took summit photo of) "Hammer". The climb was pretty straight forward. I enjoyed it, and would do it again, but its a hell of a long drive.
Posted Sep 19, 2001 10:37 am

HammerRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 25, 2001  Sucess!


Great climb with the Chemeketan Climbing Club. Great views of Crater Lake, Diamond Lake, and of the Sisters Complex to the North.

Our Climb went well with my uncle leading the summit pinnacle. I think if I was to do it again I would free climb it and save the weight of the rope. Some however might freak with the down climb.
Posted Sep 19, 2001 5:26 am

dharmadogRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 4,2001  Sucess!


Last 100 feet on Northeast ridge. Route moves to East with great exposure as you near the summit. A bit much for unaided climb. Can see into Crater Lake from summit.
Posted Aug 24, 2001 9:42 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: May, 1992  Sucess!

Bob Burd

This was my first class 3 scramble and scared the pants off me. But Eric and I felt like brave mountaineers after overcoming our initial fear and climbing the summit blocks. Great little volcanic needle with excellent holds.

It was this view from Crater Lake that got our attention as we drove north, and literally climbed this on a whim. It's hard to just drive by without it getting your attention.
Posted Aug 21, 2001 11:32 am

JoshRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: June 17, 2001  Sucess!


After hiking most of the way up on the West Ridge, I took the NW (?) ridge for the last hundred feet to the summit. It came in at about 5.4 or so on pretty solid rock. Great exposure!

From the summit you can see all the way south to Mount Shasta and all the way north to Mount Jefferson. Quite impressive.
Posted Jun 29, 2001 9:29 pm

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