Craig and Greg and I set out at 10pm and made it to the Hogsback by 4am. Craig having been on the summit twice was fully prepared to continue on. Greg and I dizzy from altitude sickness and sulfur dioxide fumes decided to turn around. I thought we could probably make it up the chute in our condition but it would have been an unnecessary risk coming down.
UPDATE: My second attempt was successful via the Leuthold Couloir, December 4th, 2011
Very nice conditions (clear, warm, mild wind an not as crowded as other times I've been). The Pearly Gats are still iced up; the Old Chute route that is stomped out went a little bit West of where I remember, making a bit of an exposed stretch to the true summit. The (half) moon when it first rose was so orange, it looked like mars.
Partner Tony and I did the normal route. Fairly straightforward.
Good time all around.
Barely got to the summit before being chased back down by a storm. Great intro on glacier climbs. Climbed with WoundedKnee and Timberline.
Two friends and I set out to climb 3 peaks in one week. Mt Hood, the first, we used to warm up for Mt. Adams. the first day we climbed up to the Devils Kitchen,(p.u. sulpher) set up camp and reviewed rescues. In the morning we got up to make a short climb to the summit. Beautiful clear weather. We could see 200 miles in each direction. Climbing down sucked seeing all those skiers, and I didn't have my skis. Onto Mt. Adams
Two of my French business colleagues Joel and Luc climbed up from timberline lodge early afternoon on Saturday and camped out about a 1/4 mile or so above the top of the upper ski lift. Really nice weather and an enjoyable evening apart from the sound of the ski slope grooming equipment backup alarms active until almost midnight.
We were up with the crunch, crunch, crunch of other climbers walking past our tents and heading toward the summit. Very busy morning as we climbed above the bergschrund and through Pearly Gates ice chute. The number of people, and poor climbing techniques would have made this really dangerous if not for the fairly soft snow conditions. My friend Luc, a very experienced French mountaineer, couldn’t contain himself with 3 groups, asking “do you guys know what you are doing?” These dangerous climbing practices taking place just a few weeks after the multiple fatalities in exactly the same place.
We reached the summit at first light providing a truly amazing site. On the summit was a very intricate snow cave complete with a window out the steep North Slope.
Are decent was marred with more questionable climbing parties including a group of 3 roped together equality dividing a 60 meter rope with the climber in the middle. We took our time on the descent enjoying the spectacular setting.
This is a really great summit; however it was sobering to think of the three deaths as we passed the 'shrund just a few weeks before.
Solo climb in 9 hours roundtrip after frustrating attempt on Rainier. Winter wonderland!
This is the easiest way to the summit when the Hogsback moves too far left of the Pearly Gates.
We climbed through the fumaroles to avoid ice falling across the standard traverse on a warm day.
A 2am start in snowy conditions turned into a full on blizzard at 4am. Four of us skied down at 6am (from 9,100ft) without regret. The other four continued and eventually broke through the clouds at the Hogs-back (swine-spine). Steep ice with wind-packed snow over it created avalanche danger so they turned around 300ft short of the summit. Fun trip though.
Hog's back, Pearly Gates, very exciting and beautiful.
Group: Dain Zaitz, Brent Fisher, Josh Friberg, David Bekken and Me (Ben Friberg)
Time: Left 12:00am 1/18/2009 Return 9:00am 1/18/2009
4 climbs on Mt hood since I started climbing and this was the first time I had to turn back and it was a great decision and really helped to make the trip a memorable experience and to increase my Mountaineering skills.
Left car at midnight and had clear weather and good snow. Saw a guy take a long slide off the hogsback before self arrest. Wow! Norman and Andrew snowboarded back to car. Didn't bring rope.
Made summit with Chemeketans out of Salem, Oregon. Beautiful weather, although bitterly cold (even with down jacket and shell on). Great mountain.
WY-EAST is such a better name for this peak. Did it roped up but saw a senior citizen in shorts and running shoes make it too!
Great climb! Physically tough, for me at least, but a great summit. Went in May with Timberline Mountain Guides and had a blast. Wish I'd tried to glissade part of the way down though.
This was supposed to be a climb with my brother-in-law, but he hurt his ankle while mowing his lawn. Go figure. I didn't want to climb alone so I went to a online climber's board to seek a partner. I found a 17 year old guy from Salem, OR. We met in the parking lot for the first time at 12:30 am with his parents and decided that we wouldn't use a rope because we both had experience on moderately steep snow. We arrived on the summit at sunrise 5:30 am. The second and third arrivals for that day. And oh yes, it was my 52nd birthday as well. It felt good to keep up with the young man from Salem.
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.