Climbed through a blizzard while covered in rime ice until the Hogsback. Hogsback was a little scary but we had ample protection in. 2 days later those 3 people fell and were helicoptered off. So I guess I was right to be a little concerned. Summit was cloudy but we got a brief clear spot every now and then. Kudos to the TMG guys for a good climb
Great training for Hood, and a nice peak to boot!!!
Took the Old Chute route, as the 'schrund below the Pearly Gates was wide open and icy. Nice route, easy climbing.
took slope left of hogsback to avoid the bergstrund
A nice Independence Day climb with Brian. Summited at 4:50am and watched the sunrise, then back to Timberline Lodge by 7:00am. A large stack of pancakes followed soon after.
Fun route. Joe Bullough and I climbed car to summit in just over three hours and watched the sun rise.
Jeff Totten and I climbed from Timberline (4:30 am) to the summit without problems. The weather was good and the company on the summit was limited (while we were there) to about 4 other guys. We did the standard route though the usual gap (Pearly Gates) was clogged up with snow and people so we took a hard left at the top of the Hogsback and went through a shorter, slightly steeper gap that served us just as well. Hood is the best mountain for a person with a family. We were home for lunch with the kids.
Great climb. Original plan was the Eliot glacier but road conditions and time contraints forced us up the hogsback. Beatiful weather, and started raining 5 minutes after we made it back to the car! Almost witnessed a fistfight at the pearly gates as some a-holes skipped the line to get down as we were waiting for some slow climbers to come up. Not a place for solitude.
On the third try, finally the summit is attained! It took 1.5 hours from the Hogsback to the summit due to multiple parties climbing and descending above the schrung. (see my image) We were three wide in the narrowest part, one guide even crossed his teams ropes with another party on the steepest part(yikes!) We descended the Old crater variation back to the Hogsback, reccomend more parties use this alternate route (up and down), snow/ice was perfect for ice axe plant and crampon grip. Fully slushed out on the way down, leave earlier thatn 4 Am next time.
A very gracious SPer, Don Nelsen, helped me fulfill a dream of two years. Left parking lot at 3:30 and ascended in white-out conditions almost all of the way. The ascent through the Pearly Gates was extremely steep, but the snow was perfect. Softer snow during the descent made for some slower going, but weather cleared near the Hot Rocks and we reached our waiting car 13.5 hours after heading out. An awesome mountain, she is.
A great climb, we had perfect weather.
Climbed with the Late Luke Casady [r.i.p.] and his darling wife Calyn Casady up the steep Reid Glacier Headwall, we were off route we meant to be on the Leuthold Couloir, but turned too soon in white out conditions and persisted to the summit. We descended the south side. It took 4 attempts for me to make the summit, all on the N. side 1] Sunshine Glacier 2] Reid Glacier var. 3] Reid Glacier. This mountain Kicked my Butt!
First big climb of the year! THE FIRST TIME SUMMITING HOOD YA HOO! I was not in the best shape, shame on me. I am extremely happy never the less. It was everything I fantasised it would be Rime,cornices,crevasse and awesome views. I found the fumeroles to be the worst I have smelled on any volcano.
We climbed the southside/hogback route. I took a friend who accomplished his first bigger mountain. Congrats to Dave! The bergshurund was wide open after 3 days of 90 degree weather in Portland ... in May! The only passage was to the right between that and another opening just below it. We decided to climb through the old chute at the top instead of making the traverse to the pearly gates. It was a nice little variation on the route. We had the summit to ourself on a cloudless warm day. We did not spend much time up there as the sun was warming the snow fast and ice/rocks began breaking off and pelting climbers in the chute and above the berg. Lots of people turned around at the hogsback, not wanting to negotiate the berg after they had a look. It was a beautiful day and another fun climb on Hood.
via South side; perfectly clear and warm out with freezing level at something like 14000 feet when we started at Timberline at 1:30am. After sunrise snow was very soft. Snow bridge is there but definitely unsafe, so everyone was going around the berg. Group that went around left side seemed to have a very difficult time and had to turn around, so we went around the right side. On the way back down some of us successfully belayed across its narrowest end, but one of us fell in (me) [on belay, thankfully]. :) Good times and GREAT views. check out my pictures
Great snow. Windy until reaching the summit.
This was my second summit of Hood. We left the car at 3:00am and hit the summit at 8:00am. We were back to the car by 11:00am. The Berg only had a small bridge in the middle. One person at a time with other people a safe distance not to load with weight. It should be completely open within the next couple of days especially with the recent heat wave. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ