Hi Jurgen, I haven't skied Adams yet. I agree, it's too late in the season for it to be worth it at this point. I will probably aim for a late winter/spring attempt next year and just plan on a very long approach.
This was my son's first mountaineering experience and Mt. Adams proved generous. In good weather and fairly soft snow we got an alpine start from Cold Springs CG. Part of our trip was to impart basic mountaineering skills to my son so we practiced self-arrest, glacier travel, and glissading. The face of Piker's was a real slog. We were slow going but enjoyed the summit experience. Glissading was spotty due to very soft afternoon snow. Next time we will spend the night at one of the Lunch Counter rock condos to split up the vertical. Chatted with three younger climbers who were making their way up to Lunch Counter during the descent who welcomed my son to the mountaineering community. Thanks guys for the nice words.
Unsure of exact date. Sat. in August 2001. Drought year. Sat on summit for three hours waiting for group. Took lots of others' group photos.
Climbed this last year with great summit views. This year, beautiful weather on the first day/evening at the lunch counter. Woke up to clear views of the false summit. Started from lunch counter at 5:30am. At around 7am the clouds rolled in and it was white out all the way to the top. Light snow at the summit but no wind which was nice. Glissaded on some ice on the way down to camp but it saved some time. Sunny back at camp, however as we packed our stuff heavy snow clouds rolled in and we received 3-4in of powder on the way back to the car. This early in the season, FS road 183-40-500 is snowed in adding 4mi and 1200' gain to get to the Cold Springs TH. Looking forward to climbing Adams taking a different route next time and possibly ski down.
Nice view and elevation for a cascade Volcano without having to cross a glacier. This was actually the only peak I ever got AMS on. Made it to the top feeling a bit queezy and slow and actually puked while packing up camp at 9,000ft on the way down. I just packed up quick and kept moving down. Felt fine again in another 40min or so.
Fun climb but a lot of snow. couldn't glissade because we were too early into the season, and the snow were mushy. Kinda pissed about that because later in the summer it is a glissader's paradise. but otherwise, a great acclimatization climb. Very safe and no objective dangers at all.
A group of my friends from college and I had a reunion and climbed this together. Weather was great. Camped at lunch counter on Friday and reached the summit on Saturday. Glissade down was a blast.
Route: South Spur
I know the real tough guys and gals out there will do Adams in a day, but I spent two nights on the mountain in 2011 and I haven't had a more transcendent climbing experience since.
Maybe it was the altitude, but watching the sunset from Lunch Counter is something I'll never forget.
On a lighter note, even in late July we were able to glissade down a significant chunk of the mountain, going at one point from Piker's Peak down to Lunch Counter in one go (about 2,000 feet). The entire ~7,000 foot descent only took a few hours.
Via Suksdorf ridge (Car to Car). Great one !
Very low snow. We had nice sunny weather and it was a fun climb.
Outstanding weather, terrific snow and hundreds of my closest friends accompanying on the single-push ascent and the 2,500' of whoop-hollering glissading down. Couldn't have asked for a finer experience or for finer company. An diesen Berg und dieses Erlebnis werde ich mich immer erinnern.
Suksdorf ridge up and a perfectly timed glissade down.
Came down with altitude sickness. Beautiful sunrise at the lunch counter.
4:30AM start from the TH#183 / South Spur. Summited at 10:30 with perfect blue skies and little wind. Back to the TH by 2:30. Crampons and ice axe are necessary, specifically before the sun hits the slopes. Fantastic day!
We decided to summit Mt Adams in one day. Conservative estimate was 14hrs round trip to do the 6,800 ft up and down but we ended up taking 17hrs to get back to the trailhead. Really started to drag above 10,000 ft but I successfully managed to keep my Acute Mountain Sickness at bay with the right breathing techniques and rest. Good thing we had excellent weather on our side so we renegotiated our turn around time and pushed through to the summit. However, due to the delay the glissade chutes had re-frozen with hard rough ice. While sliding down the 30° slopes at 9 mph the skin on my lower back got exposed to all the friction and I got some minor burns. But descending 3000 ft in 60 mins by sliding down a mountain is a fun experience and was the delayed gratification that kept us going up in the first place! The only thing we could’ve done better is plan for more sleep before getting started :)
Simply wonderful mountain with perfect views and an even more perfect glissade!
Door to door from PDX in a little under 14 hours made for a very nice day with great views of the other Cascade volcanoes. Fairly slushy conditions on the slope to Piker's Peak and beyond made it slow going. The glissade was very fun!
Took the wife up with some friends. We slept at lunch counter and summited in the clouds, however the glissade was epic!
Perfect weather. Gorgeous climb. Best glissading I've ever done. Took us 12 hours round trip.
First mountain I climbed, 15 years old