I took my new brother-in-laws up Hood two days before the wedding. The Iowa crowd did well, one to the top and the other to Crater Rock. The fumes were the worst I've every experienced and dizziness was had by all. This was also the first time I've climbed into a cloud cap. Great job Kyle and David. You'll get the views next time.
High winds and suboptimal snow conditions, but with the midnight start, we got up all right. Very high winds on the summit but cool being in the crater.
Climbed Old Chute route from Timberline Lodge. Great climb with hard snow. Very windy on top but great view.
Despite avalanche conditions, we ventured up (with caution), and I took the Old Chute. Eventually my group turned back due to various reasons and I ended up finishing alone. A climber a few hundred yards from me had his helmet smashed by an ice boulder. It turned out to be a great adventure and beautiful weather!
Climbed the Old Chute route. Great weather up until the Hogsback when clouds rolled in reducing visibility to nearly zero. Nevertheless, we pressed on and were the 2nd group to summit that morning (a solo climber passed us during the ascent). Did not need helmets or ropes (but we brought them) and the temperature was just above freezing with 30 mph winds.
I knew we were going to have a great climb when we arrived at T-line at midnight and you could see all of Mount Hood in the moonlight. With headlamps stowed away in our packs, we made our way up Palmer in a spectacular setting!
Because of the great weather (and full moon) many were attracted to Mount Hood, particularly the South Route. I even saw a guy at the top of Palmer wearing blue jeans and a cotton T-Shirt (not recommended attire). Fortunately, we had our eyes set on Leuthold, so we bid the crowd (and Cotton Man) adieu and moved toward Illumination Saddle.
We could not have asked for a better night - full moon, clear sky and minimal wind. The snow was perfect and the traverse across Reid went well.
However, the weather was a bit too nice, and upon arriving at Leuthold, we were met with quite a bit of rock and ice chunks whizzing by. Realizing it was only going to get worse as it got warmer, we moved over to Reid Glacier HW. We began our ascent, only to be met with more rock and ice. This, however, coming from a party of 5-6 roped up ahead of us and not making very much progress. (We watched them for about 20 minutes with no apparent movement)
It was now about 7:30 am, and we decided to check out a few of the crevasses on the glacier and then head back down.
Although we didn't summit, it was still a great day on the mountain. Oh, and if you've never climbed Hood on a full moon, get it on your itinerary ASAP!
We had a lightening storm south of Mt. Hood at 1am, but by 3am the storm had fizzled. The remainder of the morning was gorgeous. Perfect snow conditions and relatively few people on the mountain. A very easy, but fast, route. The pearly gates were strewn with rockfall probably due to high temps over the last week, so we avoided that area. We could hear rockfall constantly all night and morning.
Beautiful climb with perfect cramponing snow and great weather. Started at 1am from the lodge, passed about 30 people en route and were the first on the summit at 6am. Met two other groups of two on the way up who joined us shortly after on the summit. We took a slight variation of the old chute that headed up a steep couloir to the right of the normal route and puts you 15 feet from the summit.
My partner and I were blessed with incredible conditions. No ice fall at the crater, no bergschrund to cross, and perfect snow for cramponing. We summited shy of 5 hours and treated ourselves with Carl's Jr. on the way home.
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.
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).
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.
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.
First Mountain climb, Great views. Summited via Old Chute.
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.
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.
The Old Chute was crowded, so we traversed over to the West Ridge for some spicy exposure. Amazing weather and conditions.
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?
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.
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.