Skied in part way and camped on the snow, where we were visited by a Cascade red fox. Skied up the next day - quite a slog. Somewhat icy down to Piker's Peak (the false summit), with nice snow below that. That seemed to be the logical skier turnaround.
Spent night about 800' below Lunch Counter at well-defined campsite. No running water at this location so had to melt snow. Relatively few people on Holiday weekend although road closures on Hwy 14 due to the Tunnel Fire may have contributed?
I climbed with 13 people split into two groups for permitting purposes. 8 of our 13 climbers made the summit on the second day, due to training and blisters.
The first several miles of this climb are through a burnt forest. A lightning strike in 2012 burned over 40 square miles around the mountain, and while it is growing back nicely, it is still less than lovely. I did really appreciate the massive cairns and log poles used for route finding on this mountain. I also loved the tent shelters at Lunch Counter, wow, serious time and effort went into building them. Each site had a sandy bottom, and ample room for gear and our three man tent. We used running melt off to filter our water. No snowshoes were needed on the hike in or out to LC. We used our crampons for the hike up Piker's Peak to the summit, but the ice axes stayed on our packs. No ropes were needed.
Solo summit. Rough coming down, got a little side tracked towards the southwest chutes and a hell of a time trying to travers back to the trail. So much lose rock and scree, at that slope it was pretty awful. Took about 3 hours longer than planned. Extremely windy from early morning until afternoon. Did use crampons to trek up snow, as it felt easier than some of lose rock, or at least felt like a brake from it.
Good, tough, long day.
After climbing Rainier with RMI I had most of two days left before my flight home. I was indecisive of what to do with this time, but finally decided my legs were good enough to go up Adams. I went to the Lunch Counter on the 26th, reaching camp after dark, then summited the next morning.
Camped at ~8600' the night before. Left camp at 5:15 and ascended in great conditions. Perfect weather all day. Beautiful summit!
tented 2 nights at Cold Springs campground. Beautiful weather for day of the climb. This is my consolation prize for an aborted attempt on Mount Rainier on 7 August.
Breezy, cloudy, drizzly conditions up and down - felt really nice considering the recent heatwave! Left Lunch Counter at 4:00am and found all the snow portions up to Pikers Peak still slushy with A LOT more sections of scree than in previous late-July summits. Not too crowded for a Saturday summit, the weather might've turned more than a few away.
hot at trailhead, and no snow on trail until just beneath lunch counter. had the place nearly to ourselves sunday night and even had a visit from a big mountain goat! hit the trail again for the summit climb at 5am monday with plenty of natural light - no need for a headlamp - and took exactly four hours to get to the summit. would have been easier at times with crampons, BUT, not worth the weight to carry them and mountaineering boots just for it. microspikes worked just fine. awesome glissade on the way down saved a ton of time. back at lunch counter lots of bugs harassed us until we packed up and left. final dusty slog back to car was longer than expected.
c2c summit - up in 7:15, 12 hours RT. Beautiful sunrise.
Toured up to the summit then skied down via SW Chutes. A great first ascent for me! First 1000' of skiing were dicey coming off the summit, but I had great corn until 7500' in the chutes!
Epic bluebird spring ski via SW chutes with a nice little hike in to the trailhead making for a long but perfect day with Mike:)
Climb and ski with G :)
Other than a little smoke from area fires, conditions were good. Warm, no wind. Added a couple miles trying to find the “best” trail with so many ways to ascend. Needed the spikes, plenty of ash and loose ragged volcanic rock requires patience! A little over 7 hrs RT.
Around 50 people attempted or summitted over the weekend, start at Cold Springs camp at 5AM, 2 hour easy hike to Lunch Counter, 2 hours up moderate slope snow wall to Piker's Peak, decided to class 3 scramble the west boulder talus field . Continued to cross the large saddle and ascend the last ~600 feet with no crampons to the summit at 10AM, cold and windy. First to glissade from peak to Piker's, rough but fun! Car to car round Trip 10 hours, took my time glissading and rested. Beautiful sunny afternoon!
Straightforward day hike to summit and back. Sulphur smell at the summit so still some geologic thermal activity. 3 foot tall sun cups, the tallest I have been amongst.
Climbed the South Spurt to summit after bivouacking at Lunch Counter. Good glissadde down from Piker's Peak
Good snow conditions, but this is a pretty long and boring walk. Glad to get the summit after failing on Adams Glacier a few years ago.
Did it as a day climb - south slope. Nice glissade off false summit. First of several successful summits. Used to take pediatric residents up every year for several years, (did it in two days with them)
About 8 hours car to car. Fun mountain, nice people.