My camera froze. I froze. It was fun.
Achieved the summit via the Old Crater Route around 11 a.m. after 9 hours of climbing from the parking lot/lodge. We had to divert from the standard Hogsback Ridge past the ridge due to a large, impassable crevasse. Was very, very windy (~60 mph gusts) during our alpine start at 2, but it died down by the time we were on the snow slopes. We were rewarded by the summit to ourselves for about 45 minutes.
This was the first "bigger" mountain I had climbed, and I have never been so exhausted in my life after I had finished and gotten back down.
Perfect conditions for Hood summit. Took Old Chute route to summit ridge and then traversed south to the true summit. Clear and virtually no wind the entire time, even on the summit. Reached summit at 0630 and enjoyed the near perfect weather along with numerous other climbers.
Ascended the Old Chute solo after my climbing partner had to take the guy we were guiding back down the mountain at the top of Palmer (he was from the Philippines and had never seen snow; a detail he didn't tell us until we were on the mountain). It was windy and a lot of ice was falling off the upper slopes; a chunk the size of a softball bounced off my helmet at about 5am. I was back at work in Hillsboro by 10am...not my most productive day.
With Timberline Mt Guides up the south side. Midnight start, watched the sunrise from the top. Heard some ridiculous rockfall on the Steel Cliffs on the way up, along with the smelly fumeroles. Long way down but fun overall.
Perfect weather. W/ Becky, Scotty, Jake, and Joel.
Didn't quite make it to the top. Had to turn around at 11095 ft. Trip report : http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/430731/mount-hood-hogsback.html. Summitted via Sandy Headwall(2009), Cooper Spur(2010) and Southside(2010)
After a failed attempt in a spring 2004 blizzard, I finally ticked this bad boy off. Surprisingly, I found great snow for so late in the season.
A successful climb with SP member deungsan. We camped out above the ski lifts and had clear skies with some pretty warm temps on the way to our camp site. The next morning the weather was a-lot different with cold temps and a-lot of cloud cover. The change in weather made for a a quicker ascent on the snow and a more enjoyable climb overall.
Prior to climbing a ranger notified us that a climber had died the day before while descending the Cooper Spur. We were sad to hear of this news and offer our condolences to his family and friends.
We got a late start (6:30am is pretty late for me at least). With the Hogsback shifted away from the Pearly Gates and "bergshrunded" to heck we took the Old Chute. The snow was soft enough that crampons weren't needed. We probably got 1500-2000 feet of good glissadng on the way down.
West Crater variation is pretty steep and rock fall was a real and obvious danger. A toaster sized boulder nearly took out a climber ahead of me.
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.