Perfect conditions on the South Spur. A friend and I camped around 6500'. Lots of post holing, especially past Piker's Peak. Stunning views of Hood and Rainier from the summit. Glissaded most of Piker's.
Ski descent with Walter Burkhardt
Success on our second attempt! Climbed with James Robinson and this was a five star trip all around.
Because of the heavy snowfall in the cascades in 2010/2011 (200%+ of normal), everyone we talked to on the south side was using the 'winter route', which runs to the east of the Crescent Glacier instead of just to the west.
I put my clinometer on multiple spots going up to Pikers peak and it consistently read in the low 40s for incline angle, not 30 degrees as stated.
The summit was amazing, but the glissade down from Pikers was easily the most fun part! So fast too!
Fun climb, awesome glisading! The south walk up route is perfect for getting in shape for bigger climbs
Great climb. Crampons were mandatory this late in the season. Awesome glissade down from Pikers Peak!
Fun easy climb, massive glissade on the way down!
Glissade off south side is wonderful. Tried going up the Mazama glacier one year and turned around for deteriorating conditions (too much rolling rock) as it gets hot early and this was a hot year. Trouble is, RTM trail was still snow-covered which made for hard approach while the glacier was melted to hell. I think the East side, therefor, is better to do in winter. Will try the North side next time.
My most strenuous summit to date. Loooooooong climb from the lunch counter. Beautiful day.
Probably the 2 most beautiful days I have spent on a mountain. Not a very commonly used route, but it was fun, isolated, with incredible views. Bivied at 8000 ft on the lava glacier moraine and was rewarded with a great sunset and sunrise.
really fun mountain with amazing views.
South Spur Route
I climbed Adams for my first solo climb. I got my camp set up at the lunch counter, and headed for the summit at about 2 the following morning. I did not encounter any major problems, got to the summit and kicked it for a bit, taking in the view. Stayed at the lunch counter for two more nights... I had a family of Mt. Goats that frequented my camp area. Headed back down. Pretty straightforward but rewarding trip! I'd like to try a different route than the standard south route...
First glaciated peak!!! Did this one in 2 days with friends from my scout troop. Hiked in all of our stuff up to lunch counter where we spent the night. Then woke up to lightning storms at 4 am so we didn't get climbing until around 9. Lightning struck 100 yards from my tent. We then dashed up to the summit, took some pictures and then had a long hike down. Because of our late start, we didn't get down until around 6 or 7.
Horrible, horrible approach road for a Honda hatchback. Otherwise this route is a walk.
Long trek with two nights on the mountain with Todd James. Camped at the lunchbox. More taxing than I thought it'd be.
Good ski on the south side
Took my friend up the south spur for his first summit. Camped at Lunch Counter. It was beautiful but then there was a cloud on top. We went up anyway and it was still fun. Here's a six minute video with some fun music and scenery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afXb9SSwNi8&feature=related
Great one day hike. Left the parking lot at 2:50 am, got to summit around 8:30 and hung out because it was so nice up there. Back to the car about 1:20 pm.
Had a wonderful time climbing Adams. Due to high winds we only made it the false summit at 11,700 ft. Sooo close! Which just makes me that much more excited for the next trip up!!
The entire area around Adams is a great wilderness, enjoyable to visit and explore. Have summitted a couple of times, and recently skied the circumference, staying between about 7000 to 9000 feet. Perfect, relatively easy terrain, does not require high-end technical skiing skills. The big negative: The Yakima tribe allows snowmobiling on their side, and those smelly noise monsters are impressive climbers, they go everywhere! They even trespass out of the reservation into the wilderness area, especially on the north side.