Led a group from my college up this route - a great first one in the cascades for beginners who want to try out mountaineering. After one of the most spectacular sunsets I've seen in the mountains, we spent a night below the lunch counter, got an early start, and had a great time climbing to the summit. A fun, not technical (beyond ice axe/crampos) route in the cascades.
Great hike and wonderful glissade!
Took a 6 hour hike to the Sunrise staging area. Left the next morning at 1:30 a.m. The Mazama glacier is to the east of the usual South Summit route. There are a lot of crevasses and rock fall on this route. But the experience was awsome. Summitted at 9:30 and back down to camp by 2:00 p.m.
Climbing was great. Started from Cold springs campground(tough rain rutted road to campground). Started late Monday night and camped 300 ft. below Lunch Counter, standard base camp for summiting. Awoke early and proceeded up two 35-45 degree snow slopes that went on and on! Arrived at the south summit (false summit) and proceeded across a 3/4 mile relatively flat snow field traverse to another 45 degree slope. Topped out and scrambled (toiled) and reached the summit. Great views of Rainier, Helens and Jefferson/Hood! Advise early morning starts as snow was slabby by early afternoon. Great Glisading on the way down! Beautiful climb!
Both climbs were one-day affairs. I have never packed close to Adams for a climb. However I have attempted it unsuccessfully three times--bad weather and health being the deterrents. This climb entails over 7,000 feet (2100+m) of elevation gain. The view from the false summit never fails to discourage, as there is yet much walking and EG remaining. The greatest joy of Mt. Adams is the glissade. From roughly 12,000 feet to about 9,000 feet is a perfect glissade slope, if you are there in good snow conditions. For most years, July is ideal. There are many routes on Adams, but I am only interested in one other, the north ridge.