Mount Adams Climber's Log

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Jurgen - Jun 26, 2014 8:18 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2014

Mt Adams South Spur  Sucess!

Day climb from Cold Springs Campground (9 h roundtrip). Weather proved to be much better than expected. Unfortunatly we where too early to glissade the upper part because it was still too icy. We where on foot, but this mountain is absolutely perfect for backcountry skiing.


Fairley8 - Jun 28, 2014 12:50 am

Re: Mt Adams South Spur

I really want to climb the Mazama Glacier route then ski the south side, maybe this summer! Nice work on your climb!



Jurgen - Jul 14, 2014 1:06 pm

Re: Mt Adams South Spur

Hi Chris

Sorry for my late response. Didn't notice your comment. Have you been able to climb the Mazama glacier and ski down? We met a couple from Canada that planned a ski descent for the day after we climbed Adams. I'm not sure whether this was the right time though. I would go a bit early in spring season.



Fairley8 - Jul 16, 2014 5:06 pm

Re: Mt Adams South Spur

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.

Sawtooth Scott

Sawtooth Scott - Jun 26, 2014 6:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2014

Tristan is in the club  Sucess!

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.


MattDurkee - Jun 8, 2014 11:13 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2001

South Spur  Sucess!

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.


Fairley8 - Jun 7, 2014 7:15 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2014

South Spur  Sucess!

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.


ThorsChosen - Apr 8, 2014 11:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2003

Long Snow Climb  Sucess!

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.


Kevintheclimber - Dec 26, 2013 2:57 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2013

a slog walkup   Sucess!

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.


kingchas - Dec 3, 2013 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2013

Reunion  Sucess!

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.


locke456 - Oct 7, 2013 10:28 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2011

A Fantastic Mountain For A First Multi-Day Climb  Sucess!

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.


jbtheou - Aug 13, 2013 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

Mt. Adams  Sucess!

Via Suksdorf ridge (Car to Car). Great one !


cyffredinol - Aug 5, 2013 4:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2013

nice climb  Sucess!

Very low snow. We had nice sunny weather and it was a fun climb.


Moogie737 - Jul 29, 2013 12:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2013

#183 - South Spur  Sucess!

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.


Boonie1 - Jul 28, 2013 6:28 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2013

All about the timing!  Sucess!

Suksdorf ridge up and a perfectly timed glissade down.


CascadeCohen - Jul 21, 2013 9:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2013

Not quiet

Came down with altitude sickness. Beautiful sunrise at the lunch counter.


seabadge - Jul 20, 2013 5:31 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2013

Mt Adams / South Spur 1 day  Sucess!

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!

samhalai - Jul 16, 2013 3:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013

Awesome mountain. Painful glissade in the evening  Sucess!

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 :)


JRaphaelson - Jul 4, 2013 1:39 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2013

Route: South Spur  Sucess!

Simply wonderful mountain with perfect views and an even more perfect glissade!


birdhead - Jul 3, 2013 12:31 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2013

Day Trip From PDX  Sucess!

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!

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