Other than a little smoke from area fires, conditions were good. Warm, no wind. Added a couple miles trying to find the “best” trail with so many ways to ascend. Needed the spikes, plenty of ash and loose ragged volcanic rock requires patience! A little over 7 hrs RT.
Around 50 people attempted or summitted over the weekend, start at Cold Springs camp at 5AM, 2 hour easy hike to Lunch Counter, 2 hours up moderate slope snow wall to Piker's Peak, decided to class 3 scramble the west boulder talus field . Continued to cross the large saddle and ascend the last ~600 feet with no crampons to the summit at 10AM, cold and windy. First to glissade from peak to Piker's, rough but fun! Car to car round Trip 10 hours, took my time glissading and rested. Beautiful sunny afternoon!
Straightforward day hike to summit and back. Sulphur smell at the summit so still some geologic thermal activity. 3 foot tall sun cups, the tallest I have been amongst.
Climbed the South Spurt to summit after bivouacking at Lunch Counter. Good glissadde down from Piker's Peak
Good snow conditions, but this is a pretty long and boring walk. Glad to get the summit after failing on Adams Glacier a few years ago.
Did it as a day climb - south slope. Nice glissade off false summit. First of several successful summits. Used to take pediatric residents up every year for several years, (did it in two days with them)
About 8 hours car to car. Fun mountain, nice people.
Awesome, great climb! Weather was perfect. Had a great climbing team!
Awesome hike. As I recall there was a pineapple just chillin on the summit
Great hike in the middle of a smoky fire season
Great climb with near perfect conditions and a great summit view of all of the surrounding volcanoes. We stayed above the standard Lunch Counter area and let ourselves get a late start both days. We hit Pikers around noon and conditions were still a bit too hard for enjoyable glissading. Counted over 50 making the ascent around the same time - next time I'm bringing skis!
Celebrated my birthday with a solo trip up the South Spur camping at lunch counter. Perfect weather and snow conditions, but a bit hot on the thermometer only dipping into the 50's at night with almost no wind. Summit was comfortable though. That climb up to Piker's is a real bear!
Solo hike. Slept in my car at the South Climb trailhead Friday night, then left at 3:30am with clear skies. Stopped a couple times to put on sunscreen and crampons. Got to the top by 8:30am. Hung out at the top until 10:20, then hiked and glissasded back down. Got back to the car at 12:30 pm. The weather was perfect and it was busy. Well over 300 people, mostly skiers, on the mountain that day.
My first Bulger. Stayed the night at the lunch counter then summited next day with half of WA. Glissading down was terrifying, started a little too early and enjoyed jagged ice the whole way down.
Clear day, lots of people, but successful climb.
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!