Thanks for the very gripping read.
Thanks for the kind words.
Well done, Rob! You really captured the feeling of the trip in your report. I felt like I was right there on the rope with you, Chris, and Mike!
Thanks, Justin. Looking forward to see your TR as well!
Thanks for posting, it was an excellent read.
Thanks, Al. Good luck on your next objective! Rob
I felt everyones tension as I read your report! Congrats on summiting under far less than ideal conditions! I think Mt Hood is often under-rated, particularly via any route other than the South Side!
Thanks, Tim. I agree that Hood is under-rated. We were quite literally the only climbers on the north side. It was nice feeling we had the mountain to ourselves with all the great routes and views. It's a whole different experience in the National Forest areas. Rob
did you get your gear back?
Hey, Brian! Good to hear from you. Yeah. I was thinking of writing a postscript with some follow-up. I got my gear back last week via USPS; none worse for the wear. Chris was keenly interested in getting all of his gear down from the summit.
Good deal. Would have been an expensive summit had you not. Nice trip report. For some reason, Cooper Spur has never appealed that much to me, maybe because it seems about every 2 or 3 years, you hear of a fall or a snowboarder who goes off the edge there. Liked your photo of it though, under the right conditions, it might be a good one. Glad you got out of there unsinged.
It'd be a heckuva runout for a snowboarder...tricky through the Chimneys, though.
I think it's really great that you took Cooper Spur so seriously. The (very) early start was a great idea too. Way to climb that route safely!
Thanks...I love your SGC video, by the way. That's a route I'm really interested in. Looking back, starting another hour earlier than we did would have put us in a better position. It's such a short and direct route that it seems to fly by in the dark.
Right on, gotta have _some_ excitement though ;-). SGC is a great climb. Get the time of year right, and that advice from Nelson/Potterfield about a slightly cool and cloudy day being the best is very good. Everyone else I know who did it had weather that was "too good," featuring mushy snow, and heart-stopping rockfall!
You gotta have a little excitement. The stories sound better that way. Looks like SGC is an April-May climb. Otherwise it'll be the Sherpa Glacier later on.
Glad it had a happy ending, I was worried for a minute, especially at the gear drop point! (I've had to do that before on Long's Peak in RMNP and it provides a real "pucker" factor.) As someone who aspires to do many of N. America's classic climbs, including Mt. Hood, an incredible read! Thanks for putting the time in.
You're welcome! Long's Peak is a beautiful mountain. Definitely on my list. I would have preferred to keep the gear, but I believe Chris made a good call. Hood's definitely worth the trip if you make it out there.
Way to go, Rob! So glad you got up and down in one piece and with a great story to tell - plus you got your gear back. Nice. All that training paid off and now you're on to the next summit!
Thanks for posting your adventure.
Toooaaassst!!!...'s going on? Thought you'd like the shot of Mini-Melba. Keep me posted on Cali climbing. RR