Three of us summited on a perfect day, views of Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, Jefferson, Sisters and more. We saw one climber at the top of hogsback slip and fall on south side of hogsback to bowl, got up, and summited! Be careful! Two of our team snowboarded from just below hogsback, fastest descent for me.
Climbed solo on an amazing weather day. No moon made for a very dark climb for the first few hours. Snow conditions where great the whole way. NO CROWDS, only a few people ahead of me. Met fellow SummitPost member Caude at the bottom of the hogsback, thanks for the good advice and summit photos. Had the summit virtually to ourselves for about 45 minutes! By the time I got back to the bottom of the hogsback I found myself stripping off layers, it was hot the whole way down! Great day.
The weirdest thing about this mountain is being passed by a snowcat grooming the trails of Timberline at 3am! Very cool mountain (except for the ever-present sulfer smell), and awesome views from the top. There were probably 35 people on the summit of this mountain at 7am. Popular climb I guess!
Started a bit earlier this time, 2:30am. Threw on the headphones and headed off into the dark. Didn't run into as many people this weekend as I did last weekend. Snow was nice a firm the entire way, which made for a speedy ascent. On the way down saw quite a few people on their way up in some pretty soft snow. Great weather. Counting my blessings, two great weather weekends in a row.
Planned to climb the Leuthold Coulior. Even after reading all the warnings about starting up too soon while crossing the Reid Glacier, in the dark we still managed to get off route and climbed the Reid Headwall instead. Actual route started a bit left of the RH route, coincided with it for quite awhile and finished to the right of it. Even with the early start, had some ice fall but nothing major. Strong climbing partner made the trip possible.
Climbed the South Route with Brian Jenkins, had great weather, maybe a little warm. Wow, what a zoo for a winter climb. Had a great time, The Pearly Gates were a little sketchy, mainly from people above kicking down ice on us. Looking forward to trying another route soon.
This was my fifth time (fourth on this route). I love it and will never refer to it as a "slog" even though it is little more than "uphill hiking on snow" to use the words of a good friend and summit partner. The Hogsback was narrow and I didn't like the snow conditions personally. I felt like something wasn't quite right but we headed through the masses (left and 4 a.m. and were on top at 8 a.m.) and made it out and back safely. I don't understand why so many people go so late. There were still hordes going up at 10 a.m. and frankly I was happy to be getting out of there at 8:00... Perhaps I am paranoid about large numbers of novices crowded onto a sunny 40 degree slope all of them on no sleep. Call me crazy. - NOAH
Couldn't have had better conditions or better company. Clear skies at midnight when we started, huge orange moon greated us at the top of Palmer.
We were making better time than expected so we had to kill a COLD hour below the hogsback to see sunrise.
Great views from the top, Sisters, Broken Top, Adams, St. Helens....
Solid snow, loose ice made the decent hairy only because of the mobs coming up at that time.
Overall, amazing experience!
Headed up with jhalz to do Leuthold Couloir. Got a late start (4:10 am) and had some beta from dkantola that it was a warzone of ice so figured it would be a mess by the time we got there so decided on West Crater Rim instead. When we got just below Crater Rock the sun was already on that one and worried about the slab slides we could see so decided to do South Side instead. My fourth time doing it. Conditions were great except in the Gates where lots of little ice pellets and sugar-like snow had accumulated. Up in 5 hours, down in about 2 hr 45 mins and I was holding up jhalz at that pace. A bit of icefall even in the Chute.
Saw fellow summitposters crirwin on the route and Martin Cash in the parking lot. After talking to Martin, I felt better about not doing Leuthold this time. I MUST get back and do that route though.
With a fine weather and favorable avy forecast for the weekend, we decided to blow off work Friday and hit LC before the masses.
We traded crowds for slighly less favorable weather conditions, as a weak weather front provided us with 30MPH sustained winds, low vis and a coating of rime ice.
Think we were a little off route after the hour glass because climbing stayed steep, including couple of short pitches estimated at 60 degrees while climbing around some obstacle or another. Without being able to see much, up was good, so up we went.
Just as we topped out before the airy traverse to the true summit, the clouds parted. Wouldn't have been happy to try and make that traverse in a white out.
Very little ice fall (almost every TR I've read insisted the route was likely to be a bowling alley) was a blessing.
Our group typically is a bit faster than average, but it took us over 8 hours to get up.
Food for thought.....while not technical, this route is a pretty big step up physically from South Side slog unless you get better snow and weather conditions than we had. 2000+ feet of sustained 40-45 climbing isn't for the timid or physically unprepared.
Snow was solid neve thanks to an unusual melt-freeze cycle that started the previous few days. The route never felt steep or exposed, but frequent barrages of ice fall made it more interesting to say the least. Stay away from this route in warm weather.
This mountain is always special for me because it was my first ever climb, back in 1999. My friends Mike, Philippe, and I carried something like 45-50 lbs and camped above Palmer chairlift for one night. Crazy, after looking back (I would just start from the parking lot with a 25 lb pack next time). Plan to head back there in spring 2004.
Started out with a clear sky. about the time I passed Illumination Rock some clouds moved in but stayed below the 9000' ft level, leaving clear blue sky above. the clouds limited the views from the summit and I could only see the very tops of the Sisters, Jefferson, and Rainier. I could see Adams and St. Helens a little better. The Bergschrund was completely filled in. I saw about 12 other climbers mostly ski/snowboard mountaineers. on the way back down, there were a few points near the ski area where i could only see about 5 feet in front of me due to the clouds. It was nice to not deal with the big crowds, Rockfall, and crevasse danger that are more frequent later in the season.
Second trip to the summit in the last two months. Had a great view this time. Everyone on the route enjoying a great weather day.
What a nice day on the South side.
Not super cold for Feb. Little wind. Steps from the parking lot to the summit. Pearly Gates super easy. Views on top. As tame and easy as a Hood climb will ever be.
Lots of climbers due to the nice weather. Saw parties on two different routes on Devil's Kitchen headwall, which appeared to be in fine shape.
Ran into a group from SF bay area, climbing Hood as a bachelor party. Boy did they luck out on the weather. However, poor form for a bach. party as there wasn't booze or strippers on the summit.
Left parking lot at 6:20AM. Up top in 5.5 hours.
Solid windpack above the Palmer made for good walking conditions going up. It was warm and windless with unlimited visibility on the summit. The 'schrund was completely bridged and covered.
Traversed across head of White River @ 3am, Cimbed the main chute to the east of the main rock outcropping. 5.5 mixed ice/rock. The only real troubles were the holes/cavities created by the hot rocks, creating mini crevases/holes that would suck me in. The rime coating was a little weak for some the exposure to put too much faith in my tools. Had to leave a pair of poles at about 10,500 on the west side of the ridge, they kept getting caught on ovver hangs and walls. So if you find them they are all yours. Stayed on the ridge the whole way and only hit the Wy'East when it meets the ridge. But the day was beautiful and the night moonlight was plenty to climb by. Took 7 hrs from the parking lot to summit, solo.
Great day. It was a little gusty hiking up palmer, but not too bad. We had to cut our tracks so it was slow going. 7 hours to the top. It was well worth the effort. The summit was amazing! No wind and very good visibility. Awsome day.
Perfect day. No clouds. Very warm. No wind on the summit. A lot of postholing after the Palmer Chair. It made for a log day to the summit. Over 6 hours from Timberline, 2 hours down. We spent 30 Minutes enjoying the view on the summit. Helens, Rainier and Adams on one side, the Sisters on the other.
I have climbed Mount Hood a total of 4 times and fell off it once. That's what happens when you get too cocky. I did my third successful summit of the volcano on a crystal-clear morning, April 8, 2000. Everything was going great until I started down from the top. Just as I was descending into the steepest part of the Chute (without crampons), I lost my footing and fell down 300 vertical feet of steep ice to the bottom of the crater bowl just behind Crater Rock. That fall kicked the living crap out of me, but it could have been much, much worse. I signed up for a mountaineering course with Timberline Mountain Guides a month or so later and summited the mountain again in June, this time with ropes and a guide. Mount Hood is a great mountain and a very enjoyable climb, but if you underestimate it and don't treat it with the respect it demands of all climbers, it will kick the shit out of you. If you're lucky, you might live to talk about it.