Mount Hood Climber's Log

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lalpinist - Apr 20, 2009 5:37 pm Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2009

Perfect Conditions  Sucess!

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.


deungsan - Mar 28, 2009 6:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2008

finally got to Hood

Partner Tony and I did the normal route. Fairly straightforward.

Good time all around.


NCclimber - Mar 15, 2009 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

Lucked out

Barely got to the summit before being chased back down by a storm. Great intro on glacier climbs. Climbed with WoundedKnee and Timberline.


skydiver777 - Mar 5, 2009 4:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2008

The first of three  Sucess!

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


farrisgl - Mar 3, 2009 2:27 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2002

Camped out above ski lift

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.


mthomas - Mar 1, 2009 11:39 am Date Climbed: May 31, 2004

Hogsback  Sucess!

Solo climb in 9 hours roundtrip after frustrating attempt on Rainier. Winter wonderland!


larryN - Feb 11, 2009 11:42 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2008

South Side Old Chute route  Sucess!

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.


Jakester - Feb 3, 2009 12:34 pm Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2009

South Side

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.


sassyplatt - Jan 24, 2009 7:17 pm Date Climbed: May 14, 2007

Loved it!  Sucess!

Hog's back, Pearly Gates, very exciting and beautiful.


wonkeytaco - Jan 22, 2009 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2009

South Side - Ice Fall at Hogs Back

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.


nickmech - Jan 1, 2009 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2004

Southside/Hogsback  Sucess!

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.


oregonmtnman - Dec 11, 2008 12:09 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2006

South Side Route  Sucess!

Made summit with Chemeketans out of Salem, Oregon. Beautiful weather, although bitterly cold (even with down jacket and shell on). Great mountain.


Curtissimo - Dec 8, 2008 9:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1997

WY-EAST: brash warrior  Sucess!

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!


nextyearranier - Nov 3, 2008 8:42 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

Old Chute- Great Memories  Sucess!

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.


mnatureson - Oct 11, 2008 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2008

South Side via Old Chute  Sucess!

Great climb!


kavak - Oct 7, 2008 10:02 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2003

Via Hogsback  Sucess!

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.


lloyd - Oct 4, 2008 6:41 pm

Cold Day  Sucess!

My camera froze. I froze. It was fun.


skyward22 - Sep 28, 2008 6:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2007

my first big mountain  Sucess!

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.


oregonrpa - Sep 9, 2008 2:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

Old chute via Hogsback  Sucess!

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.


BCJ - Aug 30, 2008 8:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2008

Weekday solo  Sucess!

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.

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