Climbed with long time friend and partner Dave. We camped low at 8K' due to high winds, unstable weather and bitter cold. Summitted the next day and clear skies and little wind. Awesome views of Rainier, St. Helens, Hood, Jefferson, Sisters, etc. The glissade chute on the upper mountain (above Pikers) was unsafe. On pikers, the top 50' was marginally safe snow on top of ice, but the rest of the slide was epic. Temps increased significantly during day leaving the snow too soft to slide on.
Route Climbed: South Spur Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2002 Success!
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.
Enjoyed fantastic weather and great views on this relaxed climb.
Started at 2am from Cold Springs, summited 7:15am via South Spur. Stunning view of Mount Rainier from the summit. The top few glissades were VERY icy & dangerous, it was perhaps too early in the day.
* Ascent of South Spur 8-6-16. Summer conditions.
* Ascent of South Spur 7-6-17. Spring conditions.
* Ascent of Adams Glacier 7-16-17. Late season conditions. This is a tough route with lots of route finding.
Spent night at Lunch Counter. Saw a few Mt goats. Most beautiful sunset. Up and summit by 0700. Glissade down = awesome.
6/05/17 Climbed in a day. 6 hrs to summit and skied down the SW Chutes on perfect corn. Back to car 2hrs 15 mins.
South Spur with TM and MO. Found the summit under thick clouds and light snow. The summit cabin was fully uncovered.
Left the car at 2am, summited around 9:45. Amazing bluebird day above the clouds. Crazy glissade descent of about 4,000' vert. Amazing mountain!
Great climb, easy glacier route, no crevasses. Glissading down took 15 minutes from Piker's Peak to lunch counter.
Hiked Mt. Adams via South Spur as a day hike on 8/8/2007. If I had it to do over again, I would camp at 9,000 feet and then hike the snowfield early in the morning when it is more firm. I felt like I climbed the snowfield twice due to sft afternoon snow. The ascent took 9 hours and the descent only 4 hours. The snow was so soft it was challenging to even glissade down. I almost fell in a small crevasse near the summit snowfield/glacier. Great views of the other cascade volcanoes like Rainier and Hood.
Did this with my friend, Eszter, as a 2 day climb. Late start on day 1 and camped at Lunch Counter. Started off around 5:30am on day 2 and summitted around 8am if I recall correctly. The glissading was glorious except that my pants were too thin - my butt went completely numb and I got a superficial burn on my ass. ;-) However, it was still worth it to descend that much terrain that quickly.
Camped at Lunch Counter on 8/5. TH to camp in 3hrs or so, setup in one of the many rock shelters available in the area. Melted snow, stocked up on fluids for the AM. Have to appreciate the overnight for both the elevated view of sunset and sunrise! Lunch counter to summit 9am-12:30pm or so 8/6. Shared the summit with about 10 others, one of which was flying a kite : ) Followed by one of the most fun / ridiculously long glissades I've ever done. What a blast!
I ran this on a bluebird day with not much wind, with shorts, t-shirt, windbreaker, old running shoes, water bottle, and 2 Clif bars. Leaving the lot around 7:30, the snow was just soft enough to get back down without being too sketchy. 2:02:45 up, 3:10:42 car-to-car. Trip report.
Busy day on Adams, with great weather and conditions. Took around 7 hours 45 minutes round trip.
Two day climb with an overnight from the Lunch Counter. Fast descent with very long glissades above and below Lunch Counter.
have been wanting to do this one for so long
With fellow SPer Guy, we coordinated a meeting the night before at the Trout Lake Ranger Station to secure the passes, Guy coming from Idaho, me from California.
Then met the next morning at the bustling TH. The road in was doable in my low-clearance sedan but a real workout. Outstanding camaraderie with Guy and all on the mountain including one couple who were celebrating their wedding anniversary. For a good run down the chute, I have to give the award to this mountain over Avy Gulch on Shasta. A glorious day all the way around.
Drew & I left the crowded dirt road mid-afternoon, soft snow got us to lunch counter well before sunset for our rendezvous with three other friends. No rush in the morning, easy summit and awesome ski descent.
Moderate traffic, not terrible...except for that dude buzzing the climbers all morn from his flying fan paraglider thingy, so annoying, what was his deal?!
Did it in one day,left at sunrise. GPS said I hit 25 mph while glissading down.
Hiked up to just below Lunch Counter with John and grandson Tristin. Got early start and made the summit in fairly good time considering grandsons first peak over 12k and first snow climb.
Beautiful day with great views of MSH, Rainer, Hood and Jefferson