Wow this one is worth doing over and over and over again. Started early and did it in one push. Great glissade down.
Great weather both days we were on the mountain. We camped around 8900 ft with relative privacy. Tons of places to choose from, where people have worked hard to create rock shelters (much appreciated).Long snow slog up with varying snow conditions in the morning hours. Only wished we would have brought crampons instead of microspikes during that part. Other than that, a simple snow hike up. Great views from the top, and the best glissading ever - over 2500ft of it on the way down!
11 hrs car to car. South route
Solo 14 hour round trip from 830PM to 1030AM with a 2.5 hour rest/nap in between. Fun ride down and avoided the hottest part of the day!
Overnighted at the Lunch Counter which was very warm. Mild overnight temps and a light freeze made for punchy snow until just under Pikers where it was bullet proof. Enjoyable walk to the summit. First Cascade climb! Trip report
Hi Jurgen, I haven't skied Adams yet. I agree, it's too late in the season for it to be worth it at this point. I will probably aim for a late winter/spring attempt next year and just plan on a very long approach.
Hiked in in the afternoon of July 8 and spent the night at around 8,000 ft near Crescent Glacier. 0700 start next day and summited with girlfriend at around 1PM. Snow pretty punchy most of the way, but epic glissade runs the whole way down.
Sorry for my late response. Didn't notice your comment. Have you been able to climb the Mazama glacier and ski down? We met a couple from Canada that planned a ski descent for the day after we climbed Adams. I'm not sure whether this was the right time though. I would go a bit early in spring season.
3am start to get ahead of soft snow conditions, finished around noon sometime, great overall experience.
I really want to climb the Mazama Glacier route then ski the south side, maybe this summer! Nice work on your climb!
Day climb from Cold Springs Campground (9 h roundtrip). Weather proved to be much better than expected. Unfortunatly we where too early to glissade the upper part because it was still too icy. We where on foot, but this mountain is absolutely perfect for backcountry skiing.
This was my son's first mountaineering experience and Mt. Adams proved generous. In good weather and fairly soft snow we got an alpine start from Cold Springs CG. Part of our trip was to impart basic mountaineering skills to my son so we practiced self-arrest, glacier travel, and glissading. The face of Piker's was a real slog. We were slow going but enjoyed the summit experience. Glissading was spotty due to very soft afternoon snow. Next time we will spend the night at one of the Lunch Counter rock condos to split up the vertical. Chatted with three younger climbers who were making their way up to Lunch Counter during the descent who welcomed my son to the mountaineering community. Thanks guys for the nice words.
Unsure of exact date. Sat. in August 2001. Drought year. Sat on summit for three hours waiting for group. Took lots of others' group photos.
Climbed this last year with great summit views. This year, beautiful weather on the first day/evening at the lunch counter. Woke up to clear views of the false summit. Started from lunch counter at 5:30am. At around 7am the clouds rolled in and it was white out all the way to the top. Light snow at the summit but no wind which was nice. Glissaded on some ice on the way down to camp but it saved some time. Sunny back at camp, however as we packed our stuff heavy snow clouds rolled in and we received 3-4in of powder on the way back to the car. This early in the season, FS road 183-40-500 is snowed in adding 4mi and 1200' gain to get to the Cold Springs TH. Looking forward to climbing Adams taking a different route next time and possibly ski down.
Nice view and elevation for a cascade Volcano without having to cross a glacier. This was actually the only peak I ever got AMS on. Made it to the top feeling a bit queezy and slow and actually puked while packing up camp at 9,000ft on the way down. I just packed up quick and kept moving down. Felt fine again in another 40min or so.
Fun climb but a lot of snow. couldn't glissade because we were too early into the season, and the snow were mushy. Kinda pissed about that because later in the summer it is a glissader's paradise. but otherwise, a great acclimatization climb. Very safe and no objective dangers at all.
A group of my friends from college and I had a reunion and climbed this together. Weather was great. Camped at lunch counter on Friday and reached the summit on Saturday. Glissade down was a blast.
Route: South Spur
I know the real tough guys and gals out there will do Adams in a day, but I spent two nights on the mountain in 2011 and I haven't had a more transcendent climbing experience since.
Maybe it was the altitude, but watching the sunset from Lunch Counter is something I'll never forget.
On a lighter note, even in late July we were able to glissade down a significant chunk of the mountain, going at one point from Piker's Peak down to Lunch Counter in one go (about 2,000 feet). The entire ~7,000 foot descent only took a few hours.
Via Suksdorf ridge (Car to Car). Great one !
Very low snow. We had nice sunny weather and it was a fun climb.