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
Great first mountaineering adventure.
Climbed on a gorgeous weekend at the end of May (avoided the Cascade volcano pass!)
Hauled the snowboard to the top via the Suksdorf Ridge and Piker's Peak.
Sun came out, great corn snow, fun all the way down!
South Spur route with Greg Jagielski. Crowded mountain.
Left the parking lot at 2:30am (sorry to all the folks who had to hear my car alarm go off). Summit by 10am, skied down on crappy snow till the false summit and then things got wayy better.
One day ascent via the South Spur. Glissaded most of the way down.
Made a one day ascent from Killen Creek. We are part of the Sierra Mountaineering Club from CA. We left at 2 am and were at the base of the route around 7am. First bit through crevasses and moderate snow was pretty simple. Rock was probably 4th class at the hardest, but loose. Exposure minimal. Last bit was steeper snow then about 2 pitches of alpine ice around 45 degrees. We gained the North Ridge around 11,700 and were standing on the summit at 12:30. We descended the North Ridge which was unpleasant, very loose and long, but still the best way off the mountain to the north. Fun route.
Probably wasn't worth the extra 25 pounds of ski gear, but still an enjoyable climb with perfect weather. We camped at around 8000', just after the trail switched to snow. We left our skis at Pikers Peak before heading the summit. The top was surprisingly warm; I was wearing shorts at one point and didn't get cold. Glissaded/hiked down to about 10800' before putting on skis. Not perfect conditions, but still an awesome run. Hoping for more snow next year!
Solo ascent via south spur, left at 430am, summit at 11:30, and back by 3pm. Cloudless day, amazing gliassading, loved it. Will be back with my skis next time!