Day ski trip. Up the South slopes, down the South West chutes. Amazing day. Ski to the car!
Started up around 12:45. More physically challenging than anticipated. Climbed with Casey and we camped at the lunch counter. Beautiful day until we got slammed by wind and rain while on the snowfield about 45 minutes from the lunch counter. Lasted until near sunset.
3:30am wake up time, booted up and headed for the summit, clear and still outside with a gentle floor of clouds below and a clear view of the moon and stars. Crampons required on the slopes up to Pikers Peak - snow was icey and very uneven. Snow was pretty sparse, but I was able to find enough that the climb was 90% on snow to Pikers. Winds from Pikers on were brutal, 40+ mph sustained. Had to lean way into the wind to stand up on the summit. I had over a dozen people not too far behind me, but it looked like all but 2 of them turned around at the false summit. I strongly considered it then, too. Took roughly four hours to get to the summit from the campsite.
Scree skied down the true summit and halfway down the field below Pikers. Glissade chutes were suicide lanes with how icey and thin the snow layer was, so I cramponed up and tiptoed down the bottom half of the slope on the snow again. Descent from summit to the camp took about two hours.
By the time I got back winds were howling on the lunch counter too. We drank a beer and struggled to pack up. By the time we made it down the minor snowfield below the lunch counter the upper slopes of the mountain were covered in angry-looking clouds. Between the wind, precipitation, and poor visibility, I was glad I didn't summit an hour later. Light rain hit us about 2/3 of the way down. This one whupped me because I haven't carried such a heavy pack in a long time (mountaineering boots are heavy and awkward to pack).
Major northwest peak 4/18
Training climb with "mock clients". We worked on Crampons, Ice Axes, Self arrest, Glisading, Land Navigation, Leave No Trace, Team Permitting, Pre Climb Gear Sort, Glacier Travel team setup, and a handful of personal objectives. This is more mock guiding experience with friends as I practice towards my Mountain Guide certificate.
Completed Mt. Adams around 11 and enjoyed the glissade with ice on only the first two chutes.
Climbed the south spur with Josh Lewis and Michael Lewis.
Camped on the lunch counter in 40 MPH winds and some rain over night. Got a late start in the morning to wait for softer snow and lower winds. Summited at noon and started our glissade around 1 PM in marginal but safe snow conditions. The other climbers on the route were hesitant to glissade but after seeing us ripping it up they couldn't resist!
Climbed with long time friend and partner Dave. We camped low at 8K' due to high winds, unstable weather and bitter cold. Summitted the next day and clear skies and little wind. Awesome views of Rainier, St. Helens, Hood, Jefferson, Sisters, etc. The glissade chute on the upper mountain (above Pikers) was unsafe. On pikers, the top 50' was marginally safe snow on top of ice, but the rest of the slide was epic. Temps increased significantly during day leaving the snow too soft to slide on.
Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2002 Success!
Climbed this route with my buddies Brian and Becket. The weather was perfect, unlike a year before where we never even got out of the car because of the driving rain! Cool glissade chute on the upper mountain, deep and corniced; it was actually a tube in one spot. A clear and windless summit day.
Enjoyed fantastic weather and great views on this relaxed climb.
Started at 2am from Cold Springs, summited 7:15am via South Spur. Stunning view of Mount Rainier from the summit. The top few glissades were VERY icy & dangerous, it was perhaps too early in the day.
* Ascent of South Spur 8-6-16. Summer conditions.
* Ascent of South Spur 7-6-17. Spring conditions.
* Ascent of Adams Glacier 7-16-17. Late season conditions. This is a tough route with lots of route finding.
Spent night at Lunch Counter. Saw a few Mt goats. Most beautiful sunset. Up and summit by 0700. Glissade down = awesome.
6/05/17 Climbed in a day. 6 hrs to summit and skied down the SW Chutes on perfect corn. Back to car 2hrs 15 mins.
South Spur with TM and MO. Found the summit under thick clouds and light snow. The summit cabin was fully uncovered.
Left the car at 2am, summited around 9:45. Amazing bluebird day above the clouds. Crazy glissade descent of about 4,000' vert. Amazing mountain!
Great climb, easy glacier route, no crevasses. Glissading down took 15 minutes from Piker's Peak to lunch counter.
Hiked Mt. Adams via South Spur as a day hike on 8/8/2007. If I had it to do over again, I would camp at 9,000 feet and then hike the snowfield early in the morning when it is more firm. I felt like I climbed the snowfield twice due to sft afternoon snow. The ascent took 9 hours and the descent only 4 hours. The snow was so soft it was challenging to even glissade down. I almost fell in a small crevasse near the summit snowfield/glacier. Great views of the other cascade volcanoes like Rainier and Hood.
Did this with my friend, Eszter, as a 2 day climb. Late start on day 1 and camped at Lunch Counter. Started off around 5:30am on day 2 and summitted around 8am if I recall correctly. The glissading was glorious except that my pants were too thin - my butt went completely numb and I got a superficial burn on my ass. ;-) However, it was still worth it to descend that much terrain that quickly.
Camped at Lunch Counter on 8/5. TH to camp in 3hrs or so, setup in one of the many rock shelters available in the area. Melted snow, stocked up on fluids for the AM. Have to appreciate the overnight for both the elevated view of sunset and sunrise! Lunch counter to summit 9am-12:30pm or so 8/6. Shared the summit with about 10 others, one of which was flying a kite : ) Followed by one of the most fun / ridiculously long glissades I've ever done. What a blast!
I ran this on a bluebird day with not much wind, with shorts, t-shirt, windbreaker, old running shoes, water bottle, and 2 Clif bars. Leaving the lot around 7:30, the snow was just soft enough to get back down without being too sketchy. 2:02:45 up, 3:10:42 car-to-car. Trip report.
Busy day on Adams, with great weather and conditions. Took around 7 hours 45 minutes round trip.
Two day climb with an overnight from the Lunch Counter. Fast descent with very long glissades above and below Lunch Counter.