My brother and I climbed the South Spur over two days. The access road was snowed in so we had to hike and additional 6 miles just to reach the trailhead. This was a slog of a trip. 24 miles and 8000 vertical feet through some seriously deep snow. We had a blast though. We had clear skies on the summit and could easily see Rainier, Hood and Mt. Saint Helens. Glissading down Pikers Peak was a blast but we got rained on the last 6 miles out.
The road is clear up to the trailhead, but the trail gets snowy a mile from the trailhead. Weather report was dodgy, but we took a shot anyway. At about 7000', whiteout conditions took over, and our tracks began to fill with snow. We headed down, not having a night to wait out the storm. This is a grudge peak now.
We came so very close to the summit but just didn't get it. The road isn't clear to Cold Springs yet but its getting close, so we had to walk the extra few miles. Made camp at about 7000'. We watched a couple thunder storms boil up. Left camp next day at 5am. Finally at 11:30am we got to the false summit. The weather the whole day was nice and right when we got to the false summit the clouds came in. Seeing that it was starting to get to white out conditions we turned around. About 10min later after getting pretty far down the weather became perfect again. Being to tired to walk up we continued down. Missed the tent and had to look for it and then packed up and headed for Morrison Creek. 4:45pm we reached the car after the grueling hike out. We came so close but we will have to return one day to get this one.
Second time up. Leisurely climb, good glissade.
Fun climb, beautiful views. Lots of Wind.
pretty tiring day after not sleeping the night before. Great views.
Due to early season road closure I had to hike an extra 5 miles in. Ended up going nearly 10,000 vertical feet up in 10 miles in less than 24 hours, solo. Followed by the most memorable snowboard run of my life!! Ya shoulda been there....
South Spur again. Snow storm blew in and made visability horrible. We bailed out after weathering a restless night on the Lunch Counter. Fun time though. I found the experience to be a great reminder of how sudden a storm can change the dynamics of a climb, any time of year.
South Spur again one year later. All of 4 of us were successful! Went and explored Mazama Glacier a bit.
South Spur Route 2004 An inspiring experience. A magical place.
Long but fun climb. An early start put us on the summit before clouds rolled in. Felt bad for people still hiking up into the soup. Unfortunately the glissade track was too icy for a comfortable descent.
Took an overnight trip up the south spur by myself.
long approach since we couldn't drive to the trailhead. did the adams gl. route. greeted by falling seracs at the start right next to us, we decided to climb fast and never stopped to drink or eat (very dumb not to drink)but had it all to ourselves.
Up the South Spur in one push from the car. We left Seattle at 9PM, got to the TH by 2 and was at the top by noon I think? I cant remember, it was a while back. It was fun, the glissade is KILLER!
Awesome ride. A bit icy at the top.
First climbing experience! Decided Sunday that i wanted to climb adma's and so i bought an ice axe and crampons monday in hood river, and then soloed tuesday. Camped at cold springs, left at 6 a.m. and then summited at 11:30 a.m. Amazing weather and glassaiding on the way down was awesome. Fun climb!
I had a perfect solo one-day-hike/climb to the summit of Mount Adams. Started at 7a.m. from Coldsprings Campground and reached the summit at 1:30p.m.. The weather was very good all the time, but on the summit it became a little bit cloudy and the view was not too exciting. I had crampons and I was happy to have them; saw a lot of people climbing with inadequate shoes and clothes :-(
Nevertheless, a great tour on a great day.
Came back to the campground at 4p.m.
Went with a group of four. Two were first-time climbers. We experienced quickly changing conditions, including snow, sleet, thick heavy white-out conditions, and beautiful blue skies. The trip was mostly about getting some experience for the newbies, and we accomplished that. Summit would have been nice, but we didn't play our cards right and missed our window. Turned around at 11K at noon in white-out conditions. Ended up assisting a disoriented climber find way back to camp. Fun trip!