billisfree wrote:For Scott to claim "most sources" say Mt. Hood gets 10,000 climbers per year.... it a highly unlikely figure.
During a "good" day they might get 100 climbers. Most days from May to June Mt. Hood might get 30-50 climbers on a weekend day. During mid-week, it's less.
During rest of year, with less than optimal conditions, they get far fewer.
I would think a ballbark estimate for Mt. Hood is 1000 to 3000 climbers a year.
Is this 10K number, that actual summiters or the number of attempts?
Bill, and where are you getting your "good day" estimates from? They seem mighty low to me, whereas the "sources" Scott mentioned, came from an article on the Wiki page, and I'm assuming they, the authors, got their numbers from the Forest Service registration pages.
Though I've only been up there a couple of times during peak season, May,(not including Saturday's hike and ski), I can attest to plenty of people being up there for several hours. An easy estimate would be on the order of a couple hundred, if not more. Your estimate of "30-50 seems more like a weekday number.
Btw, for anyone interested, conditions appear to be still decent up there, as I was reading a few of the clmbers' return reports.