This trip got me hooked on the mountains. My brother Doug convinced me to try my first scramble/climb.
Windy day kept the hot temperatures down. Skied down the south-west chutes of Pikers Peak. Excellent snow conditions that day, suncups were no issue. Long hike back from the end of snow to Cold Springs Campground.
Started out at Cold Springs at 6am with ski on our backs and 66 degree temp. Soft snow the whole way with no need for crampons or ice axe. Passed a large group of women who are cancer survivors (good job if you are one of them). Tagged the Summit at 12:30 and enjoyed a near windless sunny day. Skiied from the summit to the plateau and then down the SW Chutes. Great day had by all.
My first ascent of a snow/ice covered mountain. Fantastic experience, even if it took us far longer than it should have!
Camped in one of the many rock shelters along the route. The glissading was too much fun.
Great climb with great glissading
We were able to park at the Cold Springs CG. Hiked up to The Lunch Counter for a clear but windy bivy. Beautiful St. Helens sunset. Headed to the summit at 5:00am. 30 mph+ sustained winds at the false summit. Tagged the summit at 8:30am. Calm and sunny. Clear north, and hazy south. Clouds wrapped around the mountain by the time we got back to camp. All in all...Great Climb!
Climbed this route with my buddies Brian and Becket. The weather was perfect, unlike a year before where we never even got out of the car because of the driving rain! Cool glissade chute on the upper mountain, deep and corniced; it was actually a tube in one spot. A clear and windless summit day.
The road is covered in snow six miles from the trailhead. My brother, and I hiked to the lunch table Saturday, and summited Sunday the 21. We had rain going in, and out at lower elevations. This was the first time my we had been able to climb a mountain together in several years. Good Trip!
Beautiful weekend, perfect for a spontaneous trip to the top of this glorious and massive mountain. Of all the peaks in the area, I always liked Adams the best. Shrouded in the mystery of the surrounding hills, it seems afraid of the spotlight afforded its more prominent siblings... We arrived late Saturday at Cold Springs, and set out early for the Southern Spur with nothing but Gore-Tex and Vibram. Luckily for us, thanks to (what I remember as) an unseasonably warm day, glissading was sub-optimal anyway and we didn't miss our ice axes at all. Solitude is something one can rarely find on the popular Cascade routes, and it was no exception at the summit. One of these days someone has got to convert the summit shack into a bar and get the party started... Cloudless sky and endless views, what more can you ask for?
Solo climb, lazy start in the day, windy at night resting on the granite slabs, advise to stay on highway to get there quicker, and to do Beacon tower on the way back to Interstate 5 to stay awake!
Great 2-day solo hike up the standard route. Hot down low, with clear skies both days 60-80 mph wind on top... crampons crapped out down low on the snowfield, ended up hoofing up the loose rock most of the way up. Lots of dust, wind, beauty.
second attempt on this summit. a great solo climb in eight hours round trip. had two extra approach miles the weekend before. it's amazing what seven days of sun will do.
A wonderful mountain. A very different volcano, on the dry side of the Cascades. Gives it a much different feel and character.
Another beuityful day on adams. Camped out on the LUnch Counter. Made an early summit bid. Clear sjys revealed Hood, Reineer and Sisters.
This was the first mountain I eve summited. Ever since then I've been addicted to the high altitude and thin air!
Soled this spur of the moment having drove down from B.C hoping to see St Helens erupt. Unfortunatley it did so the day before,and as I was driving home so missed it on either side of my visit.
This was my first big solo climb. My crew did it a week earlier and after hearing their stories, I just had to make the trek myself. I was the only one to summit that day. Visibility was really bad. It was a hard last two hours but worth it to stand on top!
What an awsome mountain! We withstood a stormy night and began are climb at 1:00 am under a star studded sky. We climbed up the crescent glacier to the lunch counter. We Set wands as we wanted to be prepared for the worst. The worst never came. The climb up suksdorf ridge went perfect. The walk across the caldera to the summit was longer than I anticipated and the summit was colder than a witches Tit ! It was one of the most crisp clear views I have ever enjoyed. Mt rainer was majestic and beckoning, as well as mount hood to the south. I look forward to a return trip soon. I did glissade down the entire suks dorf ridge. WHoaa!
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.