Mount Hood Climber's Log

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ih8kroq - Jun 26, 2008 2:35 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2008

Loose boulders

Planning on doing Hood in Fall. Keep the posts coming. I need all the information I can get to bag this.

Did you hear about the girl who's foot got trapped under a boulder that moved on it? I'm hoping too much of that doesn't happen.

Posted the story on my site.

Just a compilation of missing and found hikers in the world. Kinda makes the next adventure more adventurous.


realdeal577 - Jun 22, 2008 10:51 am Date Climbed: May 17, 2008

Couln't Have been better  Sucess!

On May 15-17 2008 did a 3 day Alpine seminar with Timberline Mountain Guides. On May 17, despite unseasonably warm conditions, guide Ben Randall and I summited at 5:52 AM via Old Chute(did not ascend Hogsback @ all, traversed left-west and went straight up to Old Chute) with gorgeous scenery at sunrise. I give the credit for my success to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through whom all things are possible!! My experience could'nt have been better! My next climb is Mt. Baker or Byron peak(Alaska).


amochka - Jun 17, 2008 3:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2008

Epic day!  Sucess!

Amazing conditions. I've never seen so many people crawling around the south side before, but the weather and the people I was climbing with made it a perfect day. First time I've been up since the Hogsback shifted. Fun route, especially the descent through a fairly narrow chute.


lalpinist - Jun 16, 2008 1:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2008

Perfect Climb  Sucess!

Winds made it a bit cold initially, but we were shielded higher up. We heard the Pearly Gates were blocked, everyone was taking the Old Chute. 6 hrs up; 3 down.

dannotti - Jun 16, 2008 12:12 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

South Side  Sucess!

First Mountain climb, Great views. Summited via Old Chute.


DustyDeb9 - Jun 15, 2008 5:15 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2008

avalanche danger

Our plan was to climb June 7th, but a pretty heavy storm was passing through with snow and winds up 75mph. We decided to start climbing and see if the storm passed, which the forcast predicted, but at 7600 feet, with goggles freezing over and winds still averaging 35 mph keeping the snow blowing sideways, we turned back. The next morning we started climbing at 1am without a single cloud in the sky and a slight breeze. We were above Palmer lift with the sky just begining to get light when we saw the first groups start to come down. They said the snowpack above hogsback was very unstable and turned back at that point. So we went up to hogsback and enjoyed the gorgeous views and the perfect weather. A few people risked going up to the top, but it wasn't worth the risk to us.

tb00957 - Jun 10, 2008 1:37 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2008

Mt Hood  Sucess!

we summitted despite the whiteout. One mistake was I packed for summer climb, not snow climb. I would recommend goggles, neck gaiter, spare gloves, etc.

irish guy - Jun 2, 2008 5:31 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2008

Hogsback to West Ridge  Sucess!

The Old Chute was crowded, so we traversed over to the West Ridge for some spicy exposure. Amazing weather and conditions.


shanahan96 - Jun 2, 2008 12:18 am Date Climbed: May 30, 2008

icy hood  Sucess!

nellis and i climbed an icy chute just left of the pearly gates. it was a fun challenge at 50/50+ degrees with several turns which left us wondering if we'd top out or get closed in. nice route! name?



Holsti97 - Jun 1, 2008 8:05 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008

Hogsback  Sucess!

Left Timberline parking lot at Midnight. Climbed under starry skies and on good snow for climbing. Reached the summit about 5:30 AM with son Ryan, and friends Ed, Dawn, and Doug. Beautiful views from the summit. HP#33.


breagen - May 22, 2008 8:46 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 2008

little too warm

Tried to Hogsback route, got up to the pearly gates but they wernt looking very nice so we looked at the old chute variation. However the sun hit the ice above and it was way too warm so we bailed.


jnaleway - May 18, 2008 2:16 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2008


Climbed as far as the hogsback, but couldn't summit since it had shifted west away from the Pearly Gates (see photo). Still a great climg with my son Patrick, in the bright moonlight and early morning sunshine. Great views. A fun day.


BradBartick - Apr 28, 2008 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2008

GREAT climb  Sucess!

Climbed solo from Hogsback to Old Chute then to summit. Great temps, no wind, great early snow but got soft in late AM. Moderate traffic. An enjoyable, moderate, straightforward route. No ropes needed if you don't mind some slight exposure on the ridge (very moderate).


wyomtman - Apr 28, 2008 2:44 pm Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2008

Classic  Sucess!

Camped out above Palmer the night before and awoke to a perfect day! Took the skis and board to just below crater rock, then enjoyed a nice boot pack up the hogsback (headed left off the hogsback) The climb was done with two of my best friends (The Vandervorts) and countless others, great mountain.


Redwic - Apr 26, 2008 11:41 pm Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2008

Much More Than Expected  Sucess!

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.


lalpinist - Mar 22, 2008 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2008

Icy Gates  Sucess!

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.


SarahThompson - Mar 4, 2008 3:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2007

Icy Gates! Twice!  Sucess!

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.

ecobiker - Mar 3, 2008 8:40 pm Date Climbed: May 12, 2007

Mothers Day  Sucess!

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.


YEM - Feb 18, 2008 11:47 pm Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2008

An Empty Summit  Sucess!

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.

Karl Helser

Karl Helser - Feb 18, 2008 7:43 am Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2008

Old chute Variation...  Sucess!

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.

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