My buddy Scott and I did this the weekend we graduated from High School. Awesome! Can't think of a better way to celebrate graduation.
Another big hill. Camped on Crescent glacier. Fourth (of six) straight day of outstanding weather. Summitted Hood June 18, St Helens June 22. Its amazing, what takes 2 hours to hike up (south spur) takes considerably less time and effort to go down.
An interesting route on a big mountian.
Fun first summit and a great day!
July 7th, clear beautiful day. Headed up with two other guys and camped out at 9,000 feet, got up at 4:30AM on the 8th to summit, but was turned back due to high winds and storm cell moving in. Tried to wait out the storm for 2 hours but conditions became worse so we headed back.
Camped up to the west of the Crescent Glacier -- gorgeous climb and great glissading.
This was my first big summit on a snow covered peak. Awesome!
A very fun climb up the south side. I rode a snowboard down it was a rush! The views of Rainier were amazing from up there. It seems so close.
Fun camping at the lunch counter, a not too windy summit and an amazing glissade made for a great climb. Crowded, but an early start and steady pace kept us in front of the pack.
There was not a lot of snow left, a bit above the lunch counter. We were the only ones camped at the lunch counter and the only ones on the summit before noon. It took 4 hours to get to the lunch counter and 3 to get to the summit from there. This hike is longer than "only 5.7 miles" (my GPS read 7.4 miles, which I believe). Definately gets a little cool at night once you get into September.
Started out at 1 am, summit at 7:30 am. Got a bit off track at the last cairn in timberline and had to battle quite a bit of loose talus and scree to get to the connecting ridge to the Lunch Counter. The wind was howling with gusts at 50 mph at the lunch counter. Saw quite a few tents already pitched. As I started climbing the snow slope when the sun came out, the wind stole my glacier goggles high on the mountain. With clear blue skies, the climb was great, but concerning because of the bright snow. Saw a large group of 12 teenage girls on a rope being led down the summit - big smiles on everyones faces! At the summit a group of real nice guys let me borrow a pair of goggles to get back to the car. The climb itself isn't difficult, just long. The views from everywhere are incredible though, and the glissade from Piker's Peak to the Lunch Counter was the best I've ever had. Soft snow to cleave into, and long continuous tracks made for plenty of butt sliding action! Back to the car by 11 am.
Left parking lot at 4:30 PM on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. slept out at ca.9300 ft and left for summit at 4:15 AM. Excellent snow for cramponing, to the top and down before the small herd of summiters made it up pikers. a great day to be out!
Camped at Lunch Counter the previous evening enjoying the humming birds doing their thing even on the sparse flowers to be found up there. Had the whole mountain to ourselves. Left camp at 5.30 and summited at 9.40. Perfect snow condtions for cramponing. Bit windy to linger too long on top. Great views in all directions with even Baker peeping above the far northern horizon. Still icy when we left the summit, so cramponed back to Pikers. Looked over the edge of the slope to see a line of folk heading up. Solitude lost!! Snow now soft enough to glissade, so 20 mins to reverse what it took us 3 hours to climb. Leisurely lunch back at Lunch Counter (is that why they call it that?) and back at the car at 4.15pm. Great trip.
Another nice climb. Wanted a closer look at some crevasses so I ventured out a short distance onto the glacier to the east. Got some fairly nice photos. Snow on the way up was icy in the morning but absolutely perfect for glissading by about 11am. This was one of if not the best glissades I ever had (down to the Lunch Counter). Loads of fun! Weather was great. Not a cloud in the sky and just a cool breeze to help cool you down (the day prior clouds obscurred the summit). Camped in a pleasant sheltered area well below the Crescent Glacier among some short trees at around treeline. This worked quite well though would probably have been a little simpler as a dayhike.
love the reward of a great view of rainier at the top
What an amazing mountain! Very windy and cold on top, but the view made up for it. Snow started softening up below Pikers after 9am. A friendly word of advice- if the glissade chutes are frozen solid, consider walking instead. (I've got bruises on top of bruises!)
Wow! What beautiful weather... We took off from Bird Creek on the 17th and got up to Sunrise camp in time to get up to the nearest cravasse and practice our rescue techniques. Spent a windless night sleeping out of my bag due to the way above freezing temps and also listining to the massive rock/ice falls. Woke to a beautiful sunrise and left camp by 6:30 to summit by 11:30. Enjoyed perfect visibility at the top and some great glassades down and managed not to find any cravasses, with our bodies that is. Broke camp by 3:30 and headed down in 86 degree weather. What a great route.
Started at 5am from Lunch counter, Summit at 8am with a breakfast on the false summit. One of the best days in the NW! Windy and clear at the top, perfect snow for the wet but fun glissade. Some locals were attempting the ice in high tops, unsuccessful. One of our party had to wait for the ice to melt 'cause no crampons. Then he summited without difficulty.
With Phoebe Duke. Excellent weather with still plenty of snow down to 8000 feet. There's an ice layer not far below the snow, so crampons would be advised, especially early in the day. Camped at the Lunch Counter the night before. Left camp at 6:30 am, summited at 9:30 (only 1 person ahead of us)and back to Cold Springs at 2:30 pm. Bad weather was moving in by late afternoon.
It was a perfect day for any climb in the NW. Started out from Cold Springs CG at 5am and summited @ 11am, back at the car by 3pm. The snow was perfectly hard for climbing up and perfectly soft for glissading down. What an awesome trip...even with only trail running shoes on. An awesome summit to make it to only 3 months after rehabilitating my foot from a massive ligament surgery and 6 months of downtime! Whe-hew!