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Mt. Adams - Lunch Counter to Upper Mazama Traverse

Postby ashish » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:36 am

I will be attempting Mt. Adams mid-october from south route. I was looking at the aerial photos and it seems that the upper Mazama Glacier is generally Crevasse free from above lunch counter to almost near Piker's Peak. It appears to have some crevasses at Piker's Peak. I was thinking of traversing to upper Mazama from lunch counter and traversing back to south route before Piker's. The reason is to get some more snow climbing and adventure. I will be hiking alone and I do not have Glacier travel skills. Let me know if I am being silly. Thanks!
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Re: Mt. Adams - Lunch Counter to Upper Mazama Traverse

Postby lcarreau » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:52 am

You're being silly. It ALWAYS helps to have a partner with you during sudden "whiteout" conditions.

I'm a firm believer in Free Choice. If you choose to go by yourself, that's your OWN choice, but I would choose a partner if it were me doing the climb.

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Re: Mt. Adams - Lunch Counter to Upper Mazama Traverse

Postby Mountainjeff » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:00 am

just because you can't see the crevasses does not mean they are not there. Always travel with a skilled partner.
I'm a firm believer in Free Choice. If you choose to go by yourself, that's your OWN choice
Remember that if you get hurt, you will put other peoples' lives in danger (SAR, etc.) It is free choice, but think of others when you make the choice
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Re: Mt. Adams - Lunch Counter to Upper Mazama Traverse

Postby lcarreau » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:39 am

Mountainjeff wrote:just because you can't see the crevasses does not mean they are not there. Always travel with a skilled partner.
I'm a firm believer in Free Choice. If you choose to go by yourself, that's your OWN choice
Remember that if you get hurt, you will put other peoples' lives in danger (SAR, etc.) It is free choice, but think of others when you make the choice


Yeah, another reason WHY it's best to have a partner. In sudden "whiteout " conditions, a.k.a. notorious change in weather, TWO would get lost instead of one ... but at least you'd be lost TOGETHER. And, don't forget the Three Dog Night number ... :D

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Re: Mt. Adams - Lunch Counter to Upper Mazama Traverse

Postby Hotfeet » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:54 am

I would only go in October with a partner. I have been in a White out on Mt Adams in July. And Two years ago this October three of us had our tent collapse because of massive amounts of snow on Mt Adams. We had a very close call. Had we lost our common sense and composure we would have had a train wreck.
Also without glacier travel experience I would not go by myself, (solo). Just my 2 cents. I love Mt Adams and wouldn't discourage climbing it, just be safe. I'm still hoping to climb it this year myself.
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Re: Mt. Adams - Lunch Counter to Upper Mazama Traverse

Postby ashish » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:54 pm

All right, got it... thanks for the input... I will stick to the standard south route, but I do not have a partner yet... I will have to rely on Compass, GPS, and my Engineering senses!
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Re: Mt. Adams - Lunch Counter to Upper Mazama Traverse

Postby dskoon » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:35 pm

ashish wrote:All right, got it... thanks for the input... I will stick to the standard south route, but I do not have a partner yet... I will have to rely on Compass, GPS, and my Engineering senses!


I don't think you necessarily need a partner for doing the South route, though a partner is always nice.
Just watch the weather, and don't go if it looks ify. If it looks good, solo on that route is fine.
Also, let me know when you're going, and perhaps I could team up with you(if you're interested).
Good luck.
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Re: Mt. Adams - Lunch Counter to Upper Mazama Traverse

Postby kylenicolls » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:18 am

ashish wrote:...and my Engineering senses!


I can see it... "Hmmm....I wonder if this pick will hold. I'm doing a FEA when I get home." :wink:
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