Camped above the Palmer ski lift the night before and went up the old chute route on the 8th. We had to front point up the old chute because of snow conditions. Fantastic views from the summit that morning!
About the coldest I've ever been in June. Camped just above the ski lift the night of a 'Winter Storm Advisory' in June. Our 3-season tent filled with blowing snow all night. Started to pack up in the morning to head down, but at daybreak the winds left and decided to climb on. Went the Old Crater Route due to ice conditions through the gates. Not a bit of rockfall due to the cold, and had a wonderful afternoon on top under sunny skies.
The hardest part of the climb was dealing with all of the people. There was nearly a fistfight at the Pearly Gates and someone from Iowa or Ohio asked my advice for how to get back down because it was so steep. I think I had good advice, "don't sit down because your outer layer is really slippery"
We woke up at 1:30 and left Portland at 2:00. We were at Timberline at 3:30 and climbing at 4:00. We carried our ski boots and skis this time so the slog up the ski slope was tougher than usual. We got to the top of Palmer at 5:40 where we dropped the skis. Lighter and wearing crampons, we got to the Hogsback in good form and dropped down to climb from the base of the West Crater / Mazama route. It was about as steep as the Pearly Gates but obviously much more wide open. The warm air caused a lot of rimey chunks to roll down at us but I didn't think it was going to get worse as the morning went on so I pushed straight up to the rime chutes at the top of the slope and crossed [climber's] right to the main summit area. It was a wonderful day! We were back down at the car by about 10 (thanks to the skis).
Much nicer climb on snow. We took the Old Chute rout and it was surprisingly uncrowded being a weekend with mostly nice weather and all. It was windy up to Crater Rock and then calmed down until the summit. Beautiful climb.
This was the first attempt at a summit and the first winter ascent for my brother Isaac and I. We climbed the Old Chute via the Hogsback. My TR: http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/599397/Old-Chute-2010-Winter-Ascent.html
First of 3 peaks in 5 days; Hood, Adams, and St Helens. Outstanding weather to summit 3 peaks for a boy from the east. Also summited in 2010 via the Sunshine route
For something at bit more interesting and lonely - go up the Wy'East. The view of the many down on the Hogsback from atop Steel Cliffs is super. Plus, when you make your way onto the summit, someone will invariably ask you 'where the hell did you come from?' :-]
This was my first time up. Have been up almost yearly (about 16 times now), by four routes (South Side, West Crater Rim, WyEast, Leuthold Couloir).
After summiting Adams and Saint Helens back to back, Hood can be checked off the list. Broke through the Pearly Gates and was the third man atop the summit on a busy day. Bullet ice everywhere and dipstick snowboarders contemplating their lives above the fumarols. Viva Cascades!
First time up Hood via Hogsback and old chute route. Blue skies, perfect temp, snow wasn't too bad either. Though the strong smell of sulfur was something to be desired. Def taking Leuthold next time. Great time overall!
The first time I attempted Hood was with the Obsidians in June of 2000, and just as we were reaching the hogsback, two climbers fell something like 800' and we ended up being one of the groups that set out to help, giving up our summit attempt. It took me four more tries to get past the mental block I had before finally reaching the summit in 2004.
After getting stormed off Rainier, climbed Hood as a consolation prize via South Side. Nice climb.
Traverse from the top of the ski lift was steep in places. Bivied at the base. Avalanches had just run 2 days before so slope was scoured and hard. Gets steeper at the top and a nice ridge to the summit.
Can't remember the exact date, but knew I had climbed Adams the year after.
Climbed up the Hogsback to the Pearly Gates, with one ice pitch and a short walk to the top.
It's a good view. Info at http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/oregon/mount_hood_017.htm
mcpherma, your climb was pretty much the same as ours except we were about an hour or so behind you all the way. We were the other party of 2 on the Old Chute that day and we could't believe yours was the only other party we saw above 7000'.
Despite cool temps, the rockfall was starting by 8:00 during our descent, so we were glad to get off the dicey slopes and onto the safety of the Hogsback. There was also a huge rockslide that we witnessed from the top of the Palmer.
Did you pass the three gals. We ran into them in the Climbers Cave and they were thinking about heading up around the same time. When I signed out, they had left a note on our register saying they made it to the top of the lift, not sure which one. We thought you were them until about halfway up the chute and we only saw two of you. Oh, and we are truly sorry for the dirt parade. Once you get onto the rock at the top, it is nearly impossible to even breath without sending something down. I was paranoid of sending anything bigger than a gnat down on you guys. All in all it was a nice day for a climb, not too hot, not too cold.
I got pinged by a small rock at about 5:00 and heard the rockslide that you saw from the palmer. Where did it occur at? Other than that the only rock fall was what inevitably scattered under our feet from the top.