Almost didn't leave the car it was so windy and cold on the 18th. Ended up skinning up to the top of Palmer and set up camp with my partners. I just got back from Denali this May/June and with the exception of high camp I have never camped in colder weather. It nearly touched -10 at 8,600 feet and there was wind. The next day we got a late start and finished off the south route. The shrund is totally filled, no need to rope up. After breaking camp I got some sweet turns in on the way back to Timberline.
Nice Mountain !!!
a great winter ascent with a great pair of partners. nothing is like the alpine experience. this one reminded me of the reasons why I started doing this. beauty that cannot be described in words, comradarie among friends, and the mental test of one's self made this my best summit. my thanks to foreverwild and Kevin Cannon, you guys are awesome.
Ideal conditions. Nice consolidated snowpack, low avalanche conditions. Stinky at the top!
Skied from Timberline at 7:15AM, very cold (10 degrees?). Roped up in a team of two at Illumination Saddle and protected with vertical pickets from below Hourglass to Summit. Four experienced buddies soloed the route ahead of us without any problems. Excellent conditions, relatively warm when in sun, little ice/rock fall. 10 hrs round trip. Check link below for climb photos:
2006-02-19 - Climb - Mt Hood - Leuthold Colouir
Great winter ascent with Madmallard and Kevin Cannon, one of my favorite climbs.
I climbed Mt. Hood with a group from the Mazamas as the graduation climb from their climbing school. I was 15 and this was my first real mountain. A photo of the climb was in the Oregonian newspaper because there was a waiting line to go to the summit. None the less it was a memorable day for me.
Excellent climb with good clear weather battled some winds up higher but thats to be expected. We climbed to the right of the main headwall and joined up with the Wy'East route and followed the ridge to the summit.
A bit nippy but we made it to the top.
Fourth ascent of Hood via the HOG, 3rd summit! Maybe it's time to try a new route.
Just a short slog up from Timberline until the interesting Sulphur fumes; nice summit views. - Sean Duffy
this was my second volcano Rainer was the first, it was a slog but had a good view from the top...
Climbed in a party of three on a gorgeous day -- warm, few incidents -- I even got to see the inside of the bergstrum!
Really fogged & clouded in at the base, but got above it and beautiful weather on top.
Great fun with a great friend. Left the car at 4 on the summit by 8
Very enjoyable climb. Not too much snow on the mountain until the groomed ski slopes. Started out at 2 am, summit at 6 am with great views above the cloudline. The bergschrund was wide open, but could be bypassed on the left side. Some pebbles and ice whizzing by as the sun hit the final slope to the summit. To my knowledge, I was the only one to summit that day because on my return trip, the other two parties were considering turning around because it was late in the day (8 am) and they looked beat! At any rate, very enjoyable climb with swell views.
Second time's a charm. Tried this route in June 2002 (just after they removed the helicopter!) and turned back at Crater Rock in a whiteout. This time it was windy but clear throughout. Left Timberline at 2am and summited just before 11. Bit of a flog up to Crater Rock but a nice route up the Hogsback and around the 'schrund. Main worry was the human bowling ball potential. We counted 31 climbers on the route and not all of them seemed competent. Down in about 3 hours. We'd stayed at Timberline Lodge the previous night, so got to use the showers (and pool and sauna if we'd wanted to) before we drove off. This is the Lodge's policy and a fine one it is too.
Perfect weather all weekend. Not a cloud in the sky on summit day. Great views and climbing.