Made the solo trip during the week to avoid any potential crowds. Left the Lunch Counter at 6am and summitted at 8:30am. Sunny with mild winds up high. Great views of Rainier, St. Helens, Hood and Jefferson. No objective hazards on the South Spur route.
Did the South Spur route over the course of two days. Parked at Cold Springs, then climbed to about halfway up the ridge, between the Lunch Counter and Piker's Peak (false summit). Bivied overnight at this position, then awoke early the next morning for the rest of the climb. Summited around 9:30 AM, then headed back to Cold Springs. Lot of climbers on the mountain that weekend; looked like most of them made the summit as well. Weather was fantastic! Just as the route description states, the glissade between Piker's and the Lunch Counter is AWESOME!!!
It was a beautiful day. At about 10,500 or so I left the snow and climbed the rest of the way to the false summit via the rock ridge on the left (west) of the South Spur. This was much safer since I did not bring my crampons. In late season crampons are definitely recommended. Not only do they make the climb safer but they would also make the climb much faster.
The biggest treat of the day was the decent. We made it from the false summit to the lunch counter in 15 minutes and glissaded the entire way, 2000 feet. It was a ton of fun.
This was a fun climb, with no crevasses to worry about. We camped near Lunch Counter, which left us with a short morning to the summit, & then a fair hike out. That year there was a high snow fall, which ment we had to melt snow, but that was a small price to pay for great snow conditions! I highly recommend this route to anyone who is new to mountaineering, & would like to see what it's like to climb a mountain, without too many dangers! Still cuation needs to be advised for weather, avalanche conditions, & altitude related illnesses. Have fun & enjoy!
Wife and I climbed leaving cold springs campground at 5:00 am and summiting by 1:00pm and back to coldsprings by 6:00 that evening. Very fun glissading!
Drove down from Seattle after work, got to the mountain at 11 PM, and started up just before midnight. Snow prevented us from driving all the way to the trailhead, so we had to park 3 miles down the road and walk.
At the trailhead we put skis on and skinned up to the Lunch Counter. Napped for a couple hours before heading to the summit, where we were greeted with 50+ mph winds.
The ski down was pretty good...crust on top, slush near the bottom, and a little slice of heaven in between.
First experience mountaineering proved to be a lesson learned.
Left trailhead on 20th with clouds that turned into 3 inches of rain.4:30pm reached 8100 ft.set up camp soaking wet with some dry clothes in packs. After the relentless rain stopped, we could have dinner and get some peaceful rest.
Started about 6 am for the summit. Windy white out conditions allowed us to reach the false summit. Very cold & windy, assumed it was the top until seeing through the clouds the real summit which was also covered with clouds.Piker's Peak was enough. One mistake made, not enough water. Had to boil snow. After eating power bars and trail mix for energy, we made our way down. Gilssading was a thrill. Hit the highway after all the rocks and cruised back to the trailhead. Much harder than expected. Suffering was worth it.
Two months later on Aug.25, 2001, my bro and I made our 2nd attempt successful.Just before false summit was very icy. Reached the summit with no wind on a clear blue day. Remembering our mistakes from 1st trip we brought more water.
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.