Mount Adams Climber's Log

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Joseph Smith - Sep 4, 2003 3:37 pm

Route Climbed: mazma glacier headwall Date Climbed: april 10 2003  Sucess!

Great climb with moderate weather.


annaleiserabinek - Sep 3, 2003 1:09 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 25, 2003  Sucess!

What can I say that my climbing partner hasn't already? See Cornvallis entry below. If there is any one way to make a physically fit person feel out of shape its to climb a mountain. Slow, but persistant, progress was made for the 50 climbers ahead and behind me. The views of sunset and sunrise were fantastic from Lunch Counter. Friendly campers. We felt our gear was safe to keep at camp while we summitted. Views from the top were gorgeous, of course. Weather was perfect. Glissade chutes were a blast!


climberkristin - Sep 2, 2003 11:13 am

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: Aug 31,2003  Sucess!

Not too busy for labor day weekend. Hordes of people coming off the mountain as we hiked in Sun night with dogs in tow. Camped at Lunch Counter, only about 5 other tents there with us. Next morning, we tried to stick to snow for the sake of avoiding scree and tearing up the dogs feet. Stashed our packs at false summit and hit the true summit at noon. Amazing views all the way to Baker! Despite being end of August we still got some very fun glissading in on the way down!


Cornvallis - Aug 27, 2003 4:19 am

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 25, 2003  Sucess!

Left Cold Springs at 4:15 PM with a huge pack (annaleiserabinek hope you get an overnight pack soon) and plans to spend the night at the Lunch Counter. Arrived at the Lunch Counter with just enough day left to set up our tent, filter some water, and enjoy an incredible sunset. The cold wind hammered our tent all night so I slept little, but stayed toasty warm thanks to a Nalgene bottle filled with boiling water at the foot of my bag. Climbed out of the tent early to watch the sunrise and was not disappointed. Left camp at around 7 AM with a cold brisk wind that would stay with us to the summit. Once again didn't really need crampons, but would have been nice. The view to the true summit from Pikers Peak was a little disheartening, but only helped spur me on. Took some photos of the shack and surrounding views then walked over to the highest spot on the summit plateau and enjoyed some lunch with brownies for desert. The legendary glissade chutes, while shorter than early in the season, did not disappoint. The chutes looked like bobsled runs, good times! Got back to the Lunch Counter with smiles on our faces, broke camp, hurried down the mountain, and we were off to pick up passes from Jack's to climb Mt. St. Helens the next day. Great couple of days on the mountain! I'm glad we broke it up into 2 days so we had more time to enjoy it. Adams is huge!!


dkantola - Aug 25, 2003 1:42 am

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: August 24, 2003  Sucess!

I did this route as a solo day hike. A morning cloud cap and lenticular cloud dissipated, but the winds didn't. Interesting nieve penitentes stood on the summit plateau. Great glissades were still to be had below Pikers Peak.


Scott - Aug 21, 2003 1:37 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 15 1999  Sucess!

Had 9 days of cloudless skies in the Cascades.

Martin Cash

Martin Cash - Aug 18, 2003 9:52 am

Route Climbed: Mazama Glacier Headwall Date Climbed: 8/17/03  Sucess!

Craig and I climbed the Mazama Glacier Headwall, which is a great variation to the standard glacier hike. The headwall had one nice pitch of snow to 70 degrees, and was a lot of fun. At the top of the headwall we traversed about 150 feet to the east, then dropped down inside a crevasse. I led up the 15 foot high slightly overhanging ice wall to get out of the crevasse, then belayed Craig up. There we met the hordes of south side hikers. The remainder of the route was hiking on volcanic scree. Weather was beautiful both days.

Our original plan was to do the Castle, Battlement Ridge variation. However, this route was completely melted out, and we heard rockfall. We looked at doing one of the hardcore routes, North or South Klickitat Glacier Icefalls. These routes are considered alpine testpieces. They looked extremely difficult, and the approach looked badly crevassed this late during the year. We decided against it after speaking with a man at sunrise camp who had climbed it a few year ago. His party spent a full 12 hours just on the icefall portion. Yikes! This route is now offically on my ticklist.

K Williams

K Williams - Aug 14, 2003 12:08 am

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: 7-27-03  Sucess!

A prefect day for climbing, clear sky, low wind and firm snow. Camped at the lunch counter with four other people. Overall a great weekend on the mountain.

UIdahoClimber - Aug 11, 2003 1:09 am

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 29, 2003  Sucess!

Camped at roughly 7,000' just below the snow line, and climbed to summit from there. An absolutely beautiful day without a cloud in the sky and hardly any wind. Passed some climbers on their way down to the south summit and ended up with the true summit to myself. Fantastic views of Ranier, St. Helens, and Hood. The glissade tracks were so deep I felt like a bobsled on the way down.

Phil Decker

Phil Decker - Aug 7, 2003 7:36 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July, 2002  Sucess!

Wild windy trip!

lenticular cap over true summit.

Had the true summit to ourselves

50-70 mph winds.

Have the pictures to prove it.

climbing partners JW Port, K Port

krishna - Aug 1, 2003 3:06 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 20, 2003  Sucess!

Gorgeous weather. We camped just below lunch counter and headed for the summit at 8:15 AM. Reached the summit in about 3.5 hours and glissaded down in 5 minutes !! plus a half hour to get down from the true summit to the false summit.


Sharon - Jul 22, 2003 8:54 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 31, 1994  Sucess!

Partners: Steve Reynolds, Sean Smith, John Baumeister.

To this day, I still rave about the great glissade down!


jtschanz - Jul 22, 2003 12:44 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2002  Sucess!

Camped just below Lunch Counter and experienced a fierce lightning storm followed by a spectacular sunset. Summit day was sunny and warm for the long slog to the top. Great glissading on the way down!


iamaclimber - Jul 20, 2003 12:25 pm

Route Climbed: Mazama Date Climbed: July 13-14, 2003

Climbed with four other friends. We spent the first night just below Sunrise Camp. We roped up for the Mazama but free climbed all the rest of the route up to the false summit after it joined South Spur. The weather turned sour as I was climbing from Pikers Peak to the summit. Two of my friends had made it to the summit just moments before cloud cover blocked the view. According to Brian the wind was so strong that it kept knocking him to his knees. I decided to turn around and not climb the last 600 verticle feet due to no visability. Adams is a big mountain with equally big weather!


forjan - Jul 14, 2003 6:42 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 12, 2003  Sucess!

After climbing Mt Hood on Friday July 11th, I drove to Cold Springs campground that same Friday July 11th. Got there at 2:00pm, got all my stuff ready for the next day and went to bed at 3:00pm Friday July 11th. Woke up at 2:00am (Saturday, July 12th) and started hiking by 3:00am. Encountered some rather strong winds on the final slope just before Piker's Peak. The wind did not let up. It was windy all the way to the summit. A couple of times it almost made me lose my balance. I reached the summit at 8:40am. Stayed there for 20 minutes trying to take self-pictures with the howling winds. Left the summit at 9:00am. Took a lunch break near some rocks by Piker's Peak (winds still blowing strong here) and then I cut two holes on a large black trash bag to put my legs through and my butt for the glissade. In less than 15 minutes, I was down by Lunch Rock. This was by far the greatest glissade I've been on. I felt like a bobsledder on the glissade runnels. Then after that, I basically walked back to the trailhead. Was back on my car at 11:35am (8:35 hrs C-T-C).


Dean - Jul 12, 2003 9:33 am

Route Climbed: South spur Date Climbed: July 11, 2003  Sucess!

Whew, what a big mountain. I hit snow at 6400 feet and that was the norm from then on. Perfect day until I hit the top of Piker's Peak, then the cold artic wind had me putting on all my extra warm clothes. Summitted, and enjoyed the glissade back down to Lunch counter from Pikers peak. It was fun to whiz by those toiling up the slope. A great day. I did this car to car. 3 quarts of water barely enough.


crirwin - Jul 10, 2003 12:49 am

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 8, 2003  Sucess!

Did a two day climb wih my friend Rob Vaughn (rvaughn). Left Cold Springs late morning and hiked up to the Lunch Counter for the night. The otherwise warm calm day gave way to increased winds early in the evening. The winds picked up and hammered our tent all night. We awoke to cloudy skies below but a clear summit.

The winds remained strong throughout our climb. Winds were well in excess of 50 mph as we hit the top of Pikers Peak and the only party in front of us turned around. As we descended into the saddle toward the summit the winds subsided slightly.

We hit the summit only preceded by "Marty" who we watched storm up the mountain and pass us just below the summit.

The glissade down from Pikers Peak to Lunch Counter is the best!!


paule - Jul 7, 2003 3:20 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: July 6, 2003  Sucess!

I could not have asked for a better weekend to climb Adams. To our great surprise, there were much fewer people there than expected. We had the best camp area for our 4 sites with a stream of water running in between us, and literally no one else around us. What more could you ask for? We had anticipated an insane crowd, but the only people on the mountain consisted of 3 other camps that were about 1000 feet below us. There were late starters headed for the summit, but we were on our way down by then.

The weather was very clear and hot. In the afternoon, our camp's temp hit a scorching 98 degrees. Too hot for me. The strong wind gusts helped cool me down. We counted no more than 20 other people on, or even near the summit. I guess it is hit and miss with the crowds. (Ranger said 400 registered climbers were on the mountain the weekend before.) The snow was a little nice and hard on the way up, and was just beginning to soften up a bit on our glissade down.


cmc56789 - Jun 28, 2003 8:05 pm

Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: June 28, 2003  Sucess!

This is by far the most crowded mountain i have climbed to date. I saw well over 100 people climbing up as i was descending and still more in the parking lot getting ready. In spite of this I was still the first one to summit and had the sunrise all to myself. It was very windy at the top, and without a single cloud in the sky was able to see from the sisters to the North Cascades. The shadow cast by the mountain at sunrise was beautiful and was the biggest I have ever seen. The descent was a little tricky since the snow was too icy to glissade. I had to slowly make my way down a rocky ridge until the snow softened up a little bit. A very fun climb, but i would reccomend going mid-week to avoid the crowds.

Jerry L

Jerry L - Jun 21, 2003 6:06 am

Route Climbed: Mazama Glacier Date Climbed: June 16, 2003  Sucess!

Did a (4) day trip. Spent (3) nights sleeping out of the tent with beautiful stars and full moon. It was a great climb with great weather.

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