Tough, tough approach. You can only get about 3 miles up the 8040 road right now. Then we snowshoed from there up to about 7,300'. That was a long slog in deep snow. Woke up the next day and went for the summit. The snow is packed and icy about 7000',
Epic 3,000 foot belly-glissade down!
Drove down from Seattle with Sally. Hiked in a couple miles in the dark and camped, climbed up the next day. Did a ski ascent in July 2009 and skiied down the west side gully of Pikers Peak - great.
was my first volcano. i think there was more people there than at a super bowl. next time i ever do this i am not camping on the mountain. start early (2am) and make it a long day hike. view from the summit was awesome though
My only summit of Adams was with the Obsidians group out of Eugene, via the south spur. Nice climb, nice day, wasn't in very good shape back then.
Climbed with Dave B. Gained the face from the Adams Glacier. Roped but no pro. Very windy on the summit. Came down NW Ridge, has a couple of steep steps.
A climb for everyone...
Who ever said this was an easy climb is crazy. Not sure where the "Trail to the top" is. I started out at 9:30am Thursday and made camp at 11,400 feet. I climbed the last 800 feet on Friday and then descended back to my car. Total climbing time was about 12.50 hours. Past Lunch Counter it is about 3000 feet of steep loose scree and rock. Had a few rocks zip past me in the snow melt areas. The views on top are awesome. The glaciers are right in your face.
Drove from MT to trailhead for South Spur route. Hiking by 4 am, stopped to pump water, summit around 11:30, back to the car at 3, on Bainbridge aound 8. Long day without snow, but straightforward. Seems like a good mountain to ski.
Awesome Glissade down. Good times
Caught a beautiful weekend in Oct. My buddy and I had no difficulties but almost descended a steep, steep non returnable gully. A climber a week before us had done the same and it almost cost him is life
Been up there a bunch including my dog Dozer. Pics and map of south spur at http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/south_cascades/mount_adams_038.htm
Seasoned german climber I was with says "this is like a Scotland winter" turned back around 10,000
Packed into Lunch Counter on saturday then summited on sunday. The weather was good, a bit of a cold wind but my down jacket fixed that! Great views of Rainier and Hood.
Climbed the South Spur as a day climb the day after a successful climb of Hogsback/Old Chute on Hood. 11 hours car-to-car including 1.5 hours on top in warm sunny conditions. Snow cover was thin, resulting in a lot of crummy rock up top and some breaks in the glissade going down.
We're not what you'd call regulars at this and this was only my third climb above the treeline, second for my climbing partner. We did it in one day as I had done Hood and St. Helens in the late 90s. From Cold Springs we started at 2:30 AM, arriving back there at 6:30 PM. It might require less time earlier in the season with more snow cover -- we had to pick our way through alot of very rocky and curvy trail sections. Since we thought elevation could cause problems for us, not camping up at a higher point to acclimate, we took it quite easy, stopping often and taking longer breaks than some might. Perhaps this gave our bodies time to adjust as the only ill-effect felt was heavy fatigue. It was an amazing hike for us -- this mountain is huge, the one-day hike long at 13 miles and more conditioning will precede our next climb. Planning for Hood in May of 2010.
I did this as a backpack with a camp at the lunch counter. Nice hike overall although I didn't get much sleep with my tent flapping in the wind.
Did this solo by the South Spur route as part of a PNW climbing trip that included Shasta and the Three Sisters. Got stormed off of Hood (can't win 'em all!).
I hiked up to the lunch counter on Friday July 17th and setup camp(about 5.5 hours). Got up at 5:30am and made the summit at 10:30am. Finally made it to my truck at 4pm. Total 16 hours. It was a really awesome time. The glissades were quite the reward coming down.
My first ascent was via the North Side ... this time I took two inexperienced friends up the South Side. Pretty easy route to the summit ... but base camp on the North Side is so much more beautiful!