This is one of my favorite mountains. A beautiful day
with a an old climbing buddy.
Climbed with Cluck party. Route condition, in my estimation, is in very late season form. Crevasse at Anderson, and Berg at Horseshoe, both were skirted to the right side. On this day, snow conditions were mixed with some soft snow, firm snow/ice, and crunchy rime up high on Cathedral Ridge. Firm snow was found in all the right places though. Great intermediate route, and terrific climb party.
Left Cloud Cap 1:30AM. Hit PCT West and headed up West morraine. Crossed under (right/West) of Lag Crags in dark and headed up to snow dome on mellow snow. Shrund at Anderson rock starting to get dicey. Had to do a far (righ/West) end run on shrund below Horseshoe rock and then up to Cathederal Ridge, to Queens Chair and across the North Ridge to the summit (reached at 9:00AM). Warm temps but decent snow. Down to Southside. Fun easy route that wasn't as long/hard as we expected.
Fun climb with Eric below, Brian and Will. Great day after a couple of days of Prozac promoting weather. Hairy section above the bergschrund encouraged us to rope up on descent. One of the most beautiful peaks I have seen.
What a beautiful day on a very entertaining little route. With landmarks right and left, no part of this hike was a slog like on other Cascade peaks. I even ran into someone who shared a mutual acquaintance. There was some nice glissading to be had just below the Hog, that is until somebody ruined the chute by hiking in it. Up and out by noon, back in town for BBQ and fireworks. Gotta love Hood.
Beautiful day to climb. Once again the weather report was wrong, and we never got rain. Good climb, but next time I'm sleeping beforehand. So tired on Saturday.
Forecast called for chance of drizzle but ended up being a beautiful morning. Left parking lot near 1:00am. Summitted at 5:20am. Back at the car at 8:00am. Easy climb under ideal conditions.
warm yet very windy day. left the lodge around 5am and summited at 8:30am. snow pack was great. the berg is open in the middle. traversed to the left over a snow bridge. not too much ice fall. glacading down was fun.
Traversed the mountain from the Tilly Jane trailhead to Timberline Lodge via the Sunshine Route with Brian Jenkins. We took the short trail from the Cooper Spur rock shelter down onto the Eliot at 6800 ft, then ascended between Cooper Spur and the lower icefall until we reached the level part of the glacier below the upper icefall. We crossed the glacier there to reach the Snow Dome.
The 100 m steep slope at Anderson Rock went quickly while we still had firm snow, but the 300 m rising traverse above Horseshoe Rock's bergschrund took forever to cross and protect in soft snow. About half the placements were pickets and the other half T-slots. Reaching Cathedral Ridge was a great feeling because I knew we could be on autopilot from there to the summit and on down to Timberline. High velocity glissades from Crater Rock to Silcox were thanks to my patented Glissade System.
Well, my third time to the summit of hood came on a not so nice day. The last 2 days before the trip brought beautiful weather. We got the tail end of that nice weather on the way up but got stuck in the clouds just below the hogsback. Winds were mild until the top and there was plenty of good steps all the way up. We had a late departure and had some softer than preferable snow but was plenty hard at the top. I set a running belay for the newbees that were with me and it worked well. The trip helped out my orienteering skills in a white out. Hope this NW rain stops soon making way for more grand adventures.
After two days of storms --left Timberline at 3:15 am and arrived on Hogsback at 8:00, It took another two hours to Summit due to crowds and conditions. The pearly gates were pretty icy at the top, however, the views from the top were never better!!!
This was my first time up Mt. Hood, and I couldn't have asked for better conditions. We left Timberline at 1:30 am on a perfectly clear night and summited at 8:00 am. The weather was great and the view was outstanding!
We left the car at 9PM Saturday night and made the summit at about 5AM. It was a big group and only one of us had been to Hood before, so the going was slow. The weather was nice until we hit the Pearly Gates. From then on, there were high winds and low visibility. We summited and made it back safely, so all in all it was a good trip.
My 11th summit conquest of Hood was a nice day with mostly sunny skies and very light wind. This was my last chance to climb Hood for a while so I figured I'd head up even though the forecast was iffy. Got a late start, left the Lodge at 5:45 am but managed to summit in 3 hours 30 minutes. Back to the car in 2 for a personal speed record of 5.5 hours round trip. I guess I should thank all the climbers from Memorial day weekend for the killer steps.
A nice solo excursion on the third anniversary of the copter crash. Postholing through avy debris around Crater Rock wasn't pleasant, but above 10,500 ft the crust became more solid. There were lots of runnels to cross, thankfully carrying no ice or rock fall at 6:00 a.m. I hung out in the Pearly Gates for a while on the way down waiting for a horrendous traffic jam to clear. Summit 12 out of 17 attempts.
Diverted from West Crater Rim because of unknown bergschrund conditions, but a beautiful climb just the same. Big bottleneck at the Pearly Gates had several early summiters waiting to get back down. A couple of rope teams even tried to come down while there were parties going up. Yikes! Thankfully no accidents and a sunny, breezy view from the summit. Due to delays on the Hogsback, the descent was a little mushy until Silcox, when it turned into a knee-shattering dust and loose rock extravaganza. 16 hours is a long time to spend on the mountain, especially with so much company, but it was still worth it.
Great conditions, clear night with exceptional moon, bergschrund wide open, passed it on the left. A few too many rope teams passing each other up and down the Hogsback for my comfort, but what did I expect on Memorial Day weekend?
I enjoyed my last climb up Hood much more (in March, no rope teams on the mountain and about 10 climbers total the whole day). Can easily see how accidents happen up here with so many people crawling all over the Hogsback and Pearly Gates. Next up for me: a DIFFERENT route!! Great glissading on the descent though, and good company on the climb.
Jefferson here I come
Great day on the mountain! Almost skipped climbing due the wind at the parking lot, but went anyway. It was a beautiful sunrise, with a clear view all the way south to Diamond Peak! The wind suddenly stopped at about 9,000' and with the sun shining and clear skies, it was pretty warm. Definately glad I was wearing my helmet- once the sun hit the South side, there was a lot of ice fall. Warm, windless, sunny and clear at the summit. Looonngg glissade back to the parking lot.
Slept in the back of the car in the Timberline parking lot while it poured all night. Seeing all of the wet, cold climbers coming back down reporting bad weather, we finally decided to skip the climb, and went for the all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast at the lodge. Midway through the second waffle (with all the toppings), the sun came out, so we headed up to do some skiing. The fog came back in, but somehow we ended up at the hogsback, getting short glimpses of the mountain from time to time. We carried our skis up, reached the top, and skied from the summit. Skiing the Pearly Gates in the fog was a bit scary, but the visibility improved and the rest of the descent was pure fun. Back to the car at 7pm - pizza and beer at 8.