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Mt. Adams in May

Postby panhandler » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:42 pm

Does anyone have any insight into what the South Spur route looks like mid-May as far as avalanche exposure?

From what I have read the biggest challenged posed in May (on average) is a long approach.

Thanks for any info.
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Re: Mt. Adams in May

Postby ExcitableBoy » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:11 pm

It really depends. I would personally feel fine about going in mid May so long as conditions on the mountain are decent. I would expect to add at least two additonal, full days for the approach/deproach that time of year. If you BC ski, I would highly recommend skiing the route.
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Re: Mt. Adams in May

Postby lcarreau » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:49 am

I just heard the Sierra Nevada (of CA) received 4-ft of snow in 24 hours.

Don't know how that relates to the south side of Adams, but you might want to throw a snow shovel in the trunk.

Just in case.

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Re: Mt. Adams in May

Postby splattski » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:48 pm

ExcitableBoy wrote:It really depends.

This is the key in answering any question that involves future snow conditions.

There are certainly areas on the South Spur that could be dangerous in avy conditions, such as the area under the rim of the Crescent Glacier, or even the entire slope below Pikers. But when we attempted it in May '01, the snow was firm and solid. Avy was not an issue. YMMV
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Re: Mt. Adams in May

Postby Deltaoperator17 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:18 pm

Spalttski, you drank Todds beers? What da heck?
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Re: Mt. Adams in May

Postby splattski » Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:03 pm

Sounds cold, I know, but that's what happens when you show up late.
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Re: Mt. Adams in May

Postby BigMitch » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:23 pm

Bring heavy rain gear for that long approach.
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Re: Mt. Adams in May

Postby lcarreau » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:43 am

Don't be deterred by inclement weather. If you wait five minutes, it might change.

Bring lots of beer in case you have to hole up.

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Re: Mt. Adams in May

Postby gyro » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:05 pm

I've climbed Adams from the south in May a few times. As far as avy danger, it is hard to say. There are a lot of positive factors for Adams in terms of safety. The aspect of the south slope tends to promote good snow consolidation. Before you go check the avy forecast for the region and pay attention to what they say about dangers within specific aspects and elevations. My guess is that it would be alright, but if you don't have the skills to tell for yourself I would definitely look into it.

Biggest thing is the long approach. Last time I climbed it I think it took me about 6 hours or so from the first of the snow where I parked to snowshoe to the treeline above the campground. The descent made me wish I had skis...
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