The weather was perfect and the fumaroles were potent. The trek seemed much longer than anticipated. Once the sun came out, the snow softened up rather quickly. Beautiful scenery and many good conversations with other travelers. Then went back solo on June 15, to give my dad a special "Fathers Day" message from the summit.
Our team of 3 were the first to summit this spring. Left Timberline at 2:30 by full moon. It was a chore to break trail over the hogsback and the gates were icy; it took some to navigate both up and down, in the shade and cold wind. Up top, only a light wind and lots of sun.
6/11/07 - First attempt failed due to pouring rain. Second attempt the following day started in a snowstorm, but we climbed above the clouds and it was a beautiful day. Pearly Gates area was covered in water ice and we were lucky to have an ice climber with us. Used rope and ice screws. Had the summit to ourselves and only saw a few other people all day.
5/1/16 - Windy as hell, luckily upper portion of route was mostly sheltered. Gates were alpine ice. My first time downclimbing ice (unroped), thankfully I had a 2nd tool along because my mountaineering axe was useless. 6 1/2 hours round trip.
We took the standard route up from Timberline Lodge. We camped up above the lifts to avoid the congestion the next morning but still stood in line to get to the summit. A popular but spectacular peak.
Old Crater Variation
I broke my own rule. We arrived later than expected this year and didn't summit until 10. Many groups left before us due to ice fall which improved as the Sun warmed the upper slopes . Not what I expected. We enjoyed an empty summit on a perfect day.
Early season conditions. The weather was perfect! Chunky loose ice from Palmer to Crater Rock turning to the soft stuff all the way to nearly the summit. The hogsback is way left again this year. The Pearly Gate chutes look technical and slow, so I think the Old Chute Variation will be the standard south side route for a while. We didn't use a rope, but I could have used a second tool.
WARMUP FOR LVMC CLIMB OF RANIER ON THE 28TH. CLIMBED FROM THE TIMBERLINE LODGE PARKING LOT UP THE HOGSBACK ROUTE WITH ALAN NAKASHIMA AND HOWARD HERNDON OF LAS VEGAS
Climb the hogsback. Very icy. Heard all sort of rock fall. Cloudy day and not much of a view.
Not much to see with the bad weather. A couple of peeks of the sun offered a nice view here and there though.
Made good time to the Hogsback a little after dawn, but turned back because of deteriorating weather.
South side climb on a rare 2 day clearing in weather. The hogsback transition mixed things up. Summited around 12 PM and snowboarded back down the south side all the way into government camp in one continueous ride (about 8000 ft elevation change).
left tacoma after work drove to hood started climbing about 1:30 AM MADE IT TO THE SUMIT ABOUT DAY BREAK CAME BACK DOWN AND WENT HOME LONG FUN DAY
Summited 1 day
Nice hike. Maybe too late in the summer. Pearly Gates was a mess, so we went up the snow slope to the left.
Great day up above; terrible down below.
Nice jaunt up the Hogsback. Amazingly good weather, little hot in the middle of day though. Note to self- don't wear black pants!
First true alpline summit. Left at 0230am and topped out around 0730. Beautiful day, one group left as we arrived. Had the summit to ourselves. Of note, for 5 of us, it was our first summit of Hood. Steve Boyer was kind enough to take us up and give us some history on the mountain point out were some of the more infamous accidents had occurred in the past. I think it was his 155th summit of Hood. Cheers to him.
Climbed to top of hogs back and turned around. No protection and no partner for running belay. Looked pretty slick above the bergshrund. Gonna go back next year, fun mountain!
Successfully climbed the Hogsback on our second attempt. The previous year we turned back at perhaps 9500 ft. due to a whiteout. This year we were blessed with blue skies and 100 mile visibility. Rainier seemed close enough to touch.
We climbed the south spur route late season and found the shrund unpassable so we lowered into it and did some ice climbing in and out of the shrund it was a lot of fun and a long day