Awesome weather, spectacular climb! Glisading all the way down was a blast!
Climbed it two days ago. Enjoyed this one. Pikers peak without crampons proved to be a enjoyable challenge as I constantly used my ice axe to make steps. Great Glissading! We went down the wrong ridge descending but we were able to correct our path rather quickly.
Went up the South Spur. Thanks to Chance Y for making this happen! Beautiful mountain and great glissade in perfect weather.
I took three friends up this weekend that had never climbed. It was nearly a perfect climbing day and everyone summitted. We left the parking lot at 3:30 am. and the near full moon lit the trail and the mountain was clearly visible in the moonlight. We had high high winds up to Lunch Counter. It then calmed down and was a beautiful climb. We stayed on top for over two hours because it was so nice. It felt like about 50 degrees. The glissading was great.
Second try after turning around in a white-out w/ 40mph winds earlier in the week.
Camped at Lunch Counter and hit the summit at about 8am.
Beautiful two days up on the mountain with a couple hundred others.
Long day, but we made good progress up and summitted in about 4.5 hours from the TH. Wish I could tell you what the last 2,000' of the climb looked like, but it was pea-soup cloudy up there. Glissade lived up to the hype
Challenging yet rewarding, only ones on mountain! With Gcap and Vertigo soul.
Navigated the somewhat confusing Adams Glacier with 2 great partners - G-Love and Lutty. Great route, but right side was totally out and instead we zig-zagged our way up the middle of the glacier. Had the peak to ourselves and weather was again perfect!
One-day ascent on the South Spur. Started from Cold Springs about 1:30. Lunch Counter to Piker's was icy early in the morning. We waited on top for an hour or two for the sun to come out and make conditions passable for the excellent glissade.
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.