Mount Hood Climber's Log

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wildstar - Apr 23, 2005 8:55 pm

Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: April 23, 2005  Sucess!

We summited about sunrise with a lot of wind on the way up and it snowed all the way down so I didn't get good pictures on this trip. Maybe next time.

Still Truckin - Apr 19, 2005 4:05 pm

Route Climbed: South Hogsback Date Climbed: 14 Jun 2000  Sucess!

Left from Timberline Lodge at midnight, full moon, never used my headlamp, was on the summit at 0940. I know that's slow...but so am I! Shared the summit with a wedding party toasting the B&G with the bubbly. Great weather up and down.


soslaw - Apr 18, 2005 2:31 pm

Route Climbed: S. Side-Hogsback Date Climbed: March 6, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed with Andre, Marta and Carolyn. After tagging and turning with Andre on our summit 2 years ago due to weather, we were rewarded with stunning vistas of the Cascade volcanoes from Rainier south.


soslaw - Apr 18, 2005 1:33 pm

Route Climbed: South Side-Hogsback Date Climbed: June 30, 2002  Sucess!

Climbed with Andre right after NTSB opened mountain after completing helicopter rescue crash investigation. Chopper dispatched to rescue/retrieve injured and dead in fall above shrund. Icy above the shrund on our climb. Weather deteriorated and tagged and turned at the summit.

easleygone - Apr 12, 2005 11:48 pm

Route Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: July 1988  Sucess!

A truly great mountain to climb, but much more

dangerous to the beginner climber than it

appears. The icy conditions near the top are

the cause of many accidents. I saw tourists in

cut-off jeans and sneakers trying to claw their

way to the top!! No problems for experienced



Alpinist - Apr 11, 2005 1:16 am

Route Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: April 9, 2005  Sucess!

What an awesome climb! We broke through the cloud layer at 8,000' just as the sun was rising. The ice formations around the crater were truly spectacular to see with fresh snow and clear blue skies.

Here is my full trip report with some pics.

modeboy - Mar 15, 2005 8:10 pm

Route Climbed: south side Date Climbed: 03-12-2005  Sucess!

left around 4:30am from the lodge. nice weather up with some wind. quite a few parties climbing that day. the crevasse is almost completely open now. actually went left of the gates through a small chute due to all of the teams going up and down at the same time. lots of ice fall. summited about 8:30am. great weather on the top. overall a great day.

yayoubetcha - Mar 7, 2005 8:33 pm

Route Climbed: South Side/Hogsback Date Climbed: March 7, 2005

I read a recent summit log posted by Noah (Oregon) about the conditions on Mt. Hood. I decided to climb it while I still had the chance (on snow). I left this morning at 2:15am and the temperature was about 40 degrees (f). The snow was soft for most of the route. When I reached the Hogsback, the sun was just starting to shine on it and the Pearly Gates. As I approached the Pearly Gates, I felt like a pin at the business end of a bowling lane. There were many soft-ball sized chunks of Ice the p-gates were throwing directly at me. When I saw the bowling ball sized chunk of ice heading diretly toward me at the base of the Pearly Gates, I had to drop and protect myself with my pack. Since I forgot my helmet, I decided to head down, and the day was just getting warmed up. The snow bridge is still good direclty on the ridge of the hogsback. Not so good a few feet down either side..


ChuckO - Mar 7, 2005 6:51 pm

Route Climbed: SouthSide/HogsBack Date Climbed: 5MAR05  Sucess!

Excellent climb, weather, partners, and Oregon SummitPoster's as hosts!


nebben - Mar 1, 2005 4:37 pm

Route Climbed: South side/Hogsback Date Climbed: February 26, 2005  Sucess!

Started at 2:10AM, topped out by 7:15 I think? No ropes, excellent weather, views, awesome people to keep me from killing myself. Will try this again someday.

Noah (Oregon)

Noah (Oregon) - Feb 27, 2005 5:08 pm

Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: Feb. 26, 2005  Sucess!

This was my fifth time on the South Side and the first time I've done this route "alone," though we usually don't rope up anyway. I was solo but there were plenty of interesting folks to talk to going up (and down). It was nearly a full moon and it made the route beautiful and somewhat other-worldly. I didn't even mind the snowcats down on Palmer. Days like this one were made for climbing and nothing can steal the good vibe, heck, even the walk back down was nice. However, if you think you are going to walz over the Bergschrund in a month or two, you are crazy. The climbing season is now, not in May and June like the books tell you. It is going to be brutally devoid of snow up there this year, so if you want to climb Hood in '05, strike while the iron is hot, go now. If you want to go rock collecting, just wait a month or two.


puddlecruiser - Feb 22, 2005 10:17 am

Route Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: July/Aug 2000  Sucess!

Solo trip with my backpacking gear and pitched alpine camp on a ridgeline perch to the west of Crater Rock. My best campsite yet, watching the glow of Portland as the sun set. Heavy winds (50-70mph?) meant I slept through/didn't hear a helivac on the Hogsback Route the next morning. Apparently a rockfall had hit someone and broke their pelvis. Hogsback route was so frequently travelled that footprints had been pressed into the snow the entire way up the mountain.

skyhigh - Feb 21, 2005 10:22 pm

Route Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2005  Sucess!

Unbelievable weather. You could see the buildings in downtown Portland. 40+ degrees at the top. Some ice at the top of the Hogsback and up.


Blakester - Feb 14, 2005 8:53 pm

Route Climbed: Hogsback Date Climbed: MArch 2004  Sucess!

We did this on a clear night under a full moon, which made the monotonous lower sections pretty scenic.


vertx - Feb 12, 2005 8:11 pm

Route Climbed: West Crater Rim Date Climbed: February 12, 2005

Or at least that was the plan... White out conditions with sustained winds over 20mph. A fun day if you like blowing ice/snow and twenty foot visibility. We missed the beautiful weather the three days before and ended up backing off before the summit. It made for some interesting navigation and climbing though. A good day even though no one made the top. Hood won this battle, but I'll be back.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Feb 3, 2005 7:34 pm

Route Climbed: well, we tried 2 Date Climbed: February 3, 2005

David Kantola and I tried to do Leuthold during an unbelievable weather window in February. Actually it was too warm. When we hit Illumination Saddle and heard all the ice falling down the Reid, we opted to maybe try a variation of the South Side. Got to the bergschrund at what, 10,800 feet? Ice falling down through the Pearly Gates going both ways around the Hogsback. Decided to not deal with the ice for another South Side summit so headed back down. Conditions were more July-like (see thread) so if you are heading up, you may want to start a couple hours earlier than you think you have to this time of year, at least until we get some real winter conditions in the Oregon Cascades.

Andy Dewey

Andy Dewey - Feb 3, 2005 3:06 pm

Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: 2001  Sucess!

Awesome weather and views, crowds were very bad.

Steve Gruhn - Jan 26, 2005 11:12 pm

Route Climbed: South Side Date Climbed: July 12, 1999  Sucess!

Easy walk, but I was absolutely flabbergasted at the stupidity of a lot of the guided groups and the tremendous amount of slack that they allowed in their ropes. I had never before seen such short roping. Very amazed at the crowds.


cluck - Dec 23, 2004 3:16 pm

Route Climbed: East Crater Wall (South Side variation 1F) Date Climbed: December 18, 2004

3:00 AM and it's 40 degrees in the parking lot. Is this December, or July??? One helluva nice day for a climb. We took a whack at an obscure variation of the south side route called East Crater Wall. It's variation 1F in Jeff Thomas's Oregon High.

The route goes east accross Devil's Kitchen and up a large debris fan to the crater rim just north of the Steel cliff. From there it connects up with the standard Wy'east route and follows the rim to the summit. Under late winter conditions, this route should be straightforward. As we found it, the ice was poorly consolidated and the geothermic rocks had melted the ice causing it to peel away from the ground in giant sheets. Protection was near impossible. We ended up turning around about 50 feet shy of the crater rim - befuddled by a maze of rime ice cliffs.

We'll definitely be back to try this in a couple months when there's more snow.


mt_daydream - Dec 22, 2004 3:02 pm

Route Climbed: Leuthold Couloir Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2004  Sucess!

We were caught in a storm going in on Sunday. Started pretty late on Monday (Dec 20) - at 8:30 am. There was a constant downpour of stuff (small rock, ice and snow) down the couloir. The route was pretty set otherwise. Used one ice tool and my ice axe. Traversing the summit ridge was somewhat scary, especially with the wind picking up! Descended the Hog's back without much problems, but had to tough out another storm on Monday night before we got our asses out of there on Tuesday morning in near whiteout conditions!

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