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HarvestPearly Gates  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2016


Successful summit via the Left Pearly Gate.
Posted Mar 30, 2017 5:36 am

Larry LavertyPortlandia Playground  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2016

Larry Laverty

Leaving in the middle of the night, i loved the carefree march along the ski slope as shooting stars fell, the busy work of the groomer below, the lamps of earlier parties flickering above.
Posted May 12, 2016 2:56 am

Ben BeckerichYep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2011

Ben Beckerich

First successful trip up pearlies... good ice step
Posted Feb 25, 2012 6:31 am

nealmuellerRe: Yep


Congrats on your summit. Do we need snowshoes for Hood in May?
Posted Apr 15, 2016 9:54 am

jjjNYSecond...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2005


climbed 3x
Posted Jan 18, 2012 2:27 pm

Bluecube22loved seeing the huge amount of ice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2009


this an amazing winter climb like no other it was like being in another relm what a trip!
Posted Nov 20, 2011 7:38 pm

cdogbusy climb  Sucess!


I climbed this route a few times from spring 2003 - summer 2004, and descended it even more. The hogsback led straight to the Pearly Gates back then. Saw different conditions, from quiet midweek fresh snow that allowed me to hike up with boots and trekking poles to crowded steeper summer icy conditions with a gaping crevasse. My first time climbing Hood was solo and I saw the sunrise from the summit; I was back home in Corvallis for lunch.
Posted Aug 5, 2011 12:03 pm

funkstufOne day of fun.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2010


Climbed this one for the first time in 2010. It was a nice one day hike with the last hour or so feeling a bit steep and icy. We went to the left of the hogsback and up to the ridge. Climbed down on all fours with ice axe and crampons for about 500 feet off the ridge because it was quite slippery. This one looks easy from the parking lot but not the place to start sliding. I also suggest a helmet because you'll have ice and snow wizzing by your head if there are climbers ahead. Have fun!
Posted Jun 29, 2011 3:55 am

MonopoleBlue skies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2010


Fabulous conditions! The weather turned perfect just in time for the climb.
Posted Apr 4, 2011 11:43 pm

LadyWawaNot enough snow
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2010


I got up to where the Pearly Gates are but there was not enough snow or ice to climb- just crumbling rock. We were the only group on the mountain that day and maybe we should have taken the hint. Perfect weather but perfectly un-climbable near the top. :( I will be trying again the next time I'm in Oregon.
Posted Feb 6, 2011 7:52 pm

RetroGearSouth Side & Others  Sucess!


My first climb of Mt. Hood was with Mountaineering Explorer Post 999 of Corvallis, OR. That was in July 1971, while in high school. Have been up the south side a half dozen times, as well up the Castle Crags, Leuthold Couloir and Sandy Headwall routes. All were done 'Back in the Day'.
Posted Jan 9, 2011 11:43 pm

mthomasGingerbread castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2004


Solo climb in 9 hours roundtrip after frustrating attempt with RMI on Rainier. Winter wonderland! It had snowed some the last come of days and the entire top of the mountain was plastered with hoar. A true gingerbread castle and some of the most gorgeous mountain sceneries I've experienced.
Posted Sep 19, 2010 12:28 pm

nealmuellerRe: Gingerbread castle


Congrats on your summit. Do we need snowshoes for Hood in May?
Posted Apr 15, 2016 9:55 am

SKIIcy as hell!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2009


Nice, easy route. Very icy the whole way though.
Posted Dec 30, 2009 9:35 pm

KieferDry conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2009


Had to climb around the 'schrund first, then traverse into the Pearly Gates Couloir since the moat was too big and deep to jump safely.
We successfully made it but this isn't anything I would recommend to climb under dry conditions. Kinda dangerous really. But it made for an exciting climb.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 7:23 pm

OJ LoennekerThe old standard  Sucess!

OJ Loenneker

This was the standard route for many years. I took a look at it this year, and that steep water ice was a no go. It used to be so mellow, I even snowboarded it with some freshiez...
Posted Jul 25, 2009 4:17 am

mdostbyThe Hogsback  Sucess!


Solo climb. June 1999.
Posted Oct 27, 2008 10:47 pm

BCJMany ascents  Sucess!


This is the route I take first-timers up. Climbed it many times and still enjoy it; a nice way to spend a morning. I've climbed it a few times on a weeknight and went to work the next morning...I'm worthless at work that day, but it's cool to show people photos of that morning's sunset from the top of the state just a few hours after it happened.
Posted Oct 4, 2008 3:17 pm

RedwicHere We Go Again!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2008


Less than two months after my first trip on Mount Hood, I went back solo on June 15 to give my dad a special "Fathers Day" message from the summit. The weather conditions were spectacular. I went up the "Old Chute" and down the original standard "Hogsback" route... I recommend using the "Old Chute" route until/unless the "Hogsback" ridge moves east again (like it was a few years ago) so the traverse would be much less technical.
Posted Jun 15, 2008 4:07 pm

Rob RicksFirst Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2004

Rob Ricks

Went with Timberline Mountain Guides on my first trip up Hood. Unusually good weather for climbing in April. Not a lot of people on the mountain, but they all populated the Hogsback at the same time so there was a nice little gathering of rope teams all trying to get to the Pearly Gates. Snow Bridge well intact. Minor ice and rockfall at the gates. Made the crowded summit at 7:30 a.m. Descent went well until midmorning when we began postholing. Back in time for lunch. Beautiful day all the way around.
Posted May 21, 2008 5:04 pm

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