Mount Adams Climber's Log

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nickkarl - Aug 17, 2009 7:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2009

Lunch Counter  Sucess!

Packed into Lunch Counter on saturday then summited on sunday. The weather was good, a bit of a cold wind but my down jacket fixed that! Great views of Rainier and Hood.


cackalackyclimber - Aug 10, 2009 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

South Spur  Sucess!

Climbed the South Spur as a day climb the day after a successful climb of Hogsback/Old Chute on Hood. 11 hours car-to-car including 1.5 hours on top in warm sunny conditions. Snow cover was thin, resulting in a lot of crummy rock up top and some breaks in the glissade going down.


Malibu - Aug 7, 2009 8:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2009

3rd Cascade Peak Climb  Sucess!

We're not what you'd call regulars at this and this was only my third climb above the treeline, second for my climbing partner. We did it in one day as I had done Hood and St. Helens in the late 90s. From Cold Springs we started at 2:30 AM, arriving back there at 6:30 PM. It might require less time earlier in the season with more snow cover -- we had to pick our way through alot of very rocky and curvy trail sections. Since we thought elevation could cause problems for us, not camping up at a higher point to acclimate, we took it quite easy, stopping often and taking longer breaks than some might. Perhaps this gave our bodies time to adjust as the only ill-effect felt was heavy fatigue. It was an amazing hike for us -- this mountain is huge, the one-day hike long at 13 miles and more conditioning will precede our next climb. Planning for Hood in May of 2010.


ericnoel - Aug 3, 2009 11:38 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2009

South Spur  Sucess!

I did this as a backpack with a camp at the lunch counter. Nice hike overall although I didn't get much sleep with my tent flapping in the wind.


phydeux - Aug 3, 2009 12:25 am Date Climbed: May 1, 1992

Easy, but steep, slog  Sucess!

Did this solo by the South Spur route as part of a PNW climbing trip that included Shasta and the Three Sisters. Got stormed off of Hood (can't win 'em all!).


CHADHEP - Jul 31, 2009 3:14 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

South Side Route  Sucess!

I hiked up to the lunch counter on Friday July 17th and setup camp(about 5.5 hours). Got up at 5:30am and made the summit at 10:30am. Finally made it to my truck at 4pm. Total 16 hours. It was a really awesome time. The glissades were quite the reward coming down.


sourstraw - Jul 28, 2009 12:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009

2nd ascent via South side  Sucess!

My first ascent was via the North Side ... this time I took two inexperienced friends up the South Side. Pretty easy route to the summit ... but base camp on the North Side is so much more beautiful!


Hotoven - Jul 26, 2009 12:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2009

Very Fun  Sucess!

I did this on my 21st birthday. I had a blast!


lalpinist - Jul 20, 2009 3:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009

Busy Summit at 9:30am  Sucess!

Left from the lower camp (below Lunch Counter) at 5am in a group of five. Easy, steady climb. From Piker's I took the direct route to the top, while the others went to the more gradual incline on the loose rock to the right. It seemed to save about 15 minutes, due in part because I didn't stop to take off my crampoons. Quite beautiful up top with low wind. The old mine structure was partially exposed. Lots of people up there.


Ridgerunner755 - Jul 20, 2009 1:16 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

South Route with a hundred others  Sucess!

My buddy Dave and I climbed from Cold Springs. We started at 3:15 A.M. and were on top by about 8:15 or so. I was wearing Carhartts and used my ice fishing crampons from lunch counter up. Dave had some Yak extreme crampons, a lot like the ones you see old ladies wear for icy sidewalks. They both worked great. Neither of us had ice axes, but the ski poles did come in handy. Glissade chutes were very deep and a little icy in spots. Wearing garbage bags helped us keep our speed up. I did not bring a whistle like the woman at the ranger station advised, but we made it regardless and both lived to see another day and drink another beer. Awesome mountain by the way!


SpiderSavage - Jul 9, 2009 12:58 am Date Climbed: Sep 7, 1977

Sweet Peak  Sucess!

A fine day and a lovely challenging hike. Did it with one busted crampon. Full Snow cover. Solo. No sun glasses: Developed a nasty case of sunburned eyeballs (snowblind). Climbed it again in July 1981 with my Mom.


tanner921 - Jul 7, 2009 6:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2009

With some Old Goats  Sucess!

Went up he South Spur with my Dad, Matt Eells and Dan Biddle. Took up my snowboard and cached it at Pikers. Shreded down from there after the summit to the LC- Fun, too short. The glissading was fun a storm chased us off the mountain.


Vinny - Jul 2, 2009 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

ski descent  Sucess!

charged up with Oyvind (in his sneakers- wish I had mine- decent steps the whole way up- would have avoided my blister).
tried to slow down to let SW chutes soften but still firm when we were ready to descend so we started SE and then pieced together the snow tongues.
great day


mcpherma - Jun 23, 2009 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2009

Loving it.  Sucess!

Climbed in and out of the clouds and camped at the lunch counter. Got up at 3am, started climbing at about 0345 and summited at about 0645.Summit day weather was AWSOME with unbelievable views of Rainier, St Helens, Hood, Jefferson, and if you looked closely, Sisters. My first solo on one of the big ones. Very cool, even if it was the south route.


Deltaoperator17 - Jun 22, 2009 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2009

That was FUN!  Sucess!

Hiked up the #183 to just below the Lunch Counter, made camp followed a Mountain Goat around for 30 minutes. Next morning, pushed up to Pikers and the Summit. Very good Glisade down- Perfect snow. My Son Snowboarded down from Pikers Peak. Perfect Fathers day gift.


kerphuphul - May 27, 2009 4:49 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2009

Unreal weather  Sucess!

South route. Parked 4 miles from TH. Camped at Lunch Counter. Summit at 12:15pm. Hardly a breath of wind - near-perfect weather both days (a little haze). Great to see Rainier at the summit. Great glissade back to lunch counter - kept up with the skiers. Using GPS helped us cut a few switchbacks on the trail/road (all snow-covered). Back to jeep by 8pm. Double Mountain Brewery by 10:00. Home by 1:00am.
Next time I'm going to go up with a split-board and skins. Which would cut down on the time and energy - making it possible to be done in a day.


bfrench - Apr 28, 2009 12:26 am

Adams  Sucess!

Skied standard route with Katie and CW.


NCclimber - Mar 15, 2009 6:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

We'll be back

Chased off at 7000' by weather. We'll pad an extra day in next time.


Merlin736 - Mar 6, 2009 9:35 pm

Great experience!

Climbed via standard Suksdorf Ridge Route in August. A long drive from Seattle. Camped at Trout Lake the night before and drove to trail head at first light. While driving, we saw a young black bear rear up on its hind legs in the forest, look at us, and then run away. Blowing dust on the lower slopes. Beyond false summit, got blasted with strong wind and saw gaping crevasse below. Reminded me of a lunar scape. The scree pumice on the final summit slope was as soft as butter. 8 hrs 15 minutes from parking lot to parking lot; next time we hope to take it slower. Didn't use ice axe or crampons though one of my minimalist friends once topped Adams in a tennis shoe and a Teva sandle.


skydiver777 - Mar 5, 2009 5:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

The second of three  Sucess!

My friend Gary and I climbed the South Spur Route in two days. The mountain got 200% snow fall that winter so the access road was closed 4 miles from the trail head. That sucked. Long hike in the first day. Camped at the Breakfast table. Summit morn, the top of the Mt was socked in by fast moving clouds from 9,000 ft up. We waited until 7:30 for our summit push. We relyed on wands and GPS to get us to the top. High winds, 60-70 mph, about 25 degrees. Found the summit Stick, Took pict/video hiked down to the false summit. It cleared up by then. Glasaded the next 3,000 down to our camp. Oh Yeah. Packed up and hiked down to the trail head. By then, I was tired of hiking in my double plastics. Oh Crap, four more miles of snow covered roads to get to the car. Made it, and went to find a large Pizza. Then onto Mount St. Helens.

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