For something at bit more interesting and lonely - go up the Wy'East. The view of the many down on the Hogsback from atop Steel Cliffs is super. Plus, when you make your way onto the summit, someone will invariably ask you 'where the hell did you come from?' :-]
This was my first time up. Have been up almost yearly (about 16 times now), by four routes (South Side, West Crater Rim, WyEast, Leuthold Couloir).
After summiting Adams and Saint Helens back to back, Hood can be checked off the list. Broke through the Pearly Gates and was the third man atop the summit on a busy day. Bullet ice everywhere and dipstick snowboarders contemplating their lives above the fumarols. Viva Cascades!
First time up Hood via Hogsback and old chute route. Blue skies, perfect temp, snow wasn't too bad either. Though the strong smell of sulfur was something to be desired. Def taking Leuthold next time. Great time overall!
The first time I attempted Hood was with the Obsidians in June of 2000, and just as we were reaching the hogsback, two climbers fell something like 800' and we ended up being one of the groups that set out to help, giving up our summit attempt. It took me four more tries to get past the mental block I had before finally reaching the summit in 2004.
After getting stormed off Rainier, climbed Hood as a consolation prize via South Side. Nice climb.
Traverse from the top of the ski lift was steep in places. Bivied at the base. Avalanches had just run 2 days before so slope was scoured and hard. Gets steeper at the top and a nice ridge to the summit.
Can't remember the exact date, but knew I had climbed Adams the year after.
Climbed up the Hogsback to the Pearly Gates, with one ice pitch and a short walk to the top.
mcpherma, your climb was pretty much the same as ours except we were about an hour or so behind you all the way. We were the other party of 2 on the Old Chute that day and we could't believe yours was the only other party we saw above 7000'.
Despite cool temps, the rockfall was starting by 8:00 during our descent, so we were glad to get off the dicey slopes and onto the safety of the Hogsback. There was also a huge rockslide that we witnessed from the top of the Palmer.
Did you pass the three gals. We ran into them in the Climbers Cave and they were thinking about heading up around the same time. When I signed out, they had left a note on our register saying they made it to the top of the lift, not sure which one. We thought you were them until about halfway up the chute and we only saw two of you. Oh, and we are truly sorry for the dirt parade. Once you get onto the rock at the top, it is nearly impossible to even breath without sending something down. I was paranoid of sending anything bigger than a gnat down on you guys. All in all it was a nice day for a climb, not too hot, not too cold.
I got pinged by a small rock at about 5:00 and heard the rockslide that you saw from the palmer. Where did it occur at? Other than that the only rock fall was what inevitably scattered under our feet from the top.
Yeah, we passed them after they'd turned around just below the top of Magic Mile. They claimed the wind was too strong, but just above the lift things broke up nicely. No apologies needed for any rockfall; we honestly didn't have much of anything until our descent. We only waved at you guys to try and ask which chute you headed up, but there was too much air between us to be easily heard. The big slide happened over on Steel Cliffs; it was big/loud enough to stop most of the skiers in their tracks. The best thing about the day was not so much the weather as it was the low number of us on the route; no doubt rockfall would've been a huge issue with the masses often found up there.
My brother and I started at about 1230 in wind, clouds and a little precip. Broke out of the clouds around 7000 ft. We climbed by moonlight to the bottom of the Old Chute. The Chute was mostly hard snow/ ice and took serious concentration for every foot placement. Summited at 0630 with some clouds to the north obscuring any real view. We started the careful climb down and returned to the car at 0930. All in all a great time, but I can see why the mountain is out of season. The climb on the moonscape of rock and sand stinks and halfway up the old Chute we could hear a massive rockfall/ slide elsewhere on the mountain that lasted for quite a while.
Climbed with a group of 6, some experienced, some not so much and this was my second glacial peak climb. We left the Lodge around 3:00 AM and were on the summit around 10:00 AM -- had to wait for slower members of our group and the crowd developing on Hogsback. We roped together for the Hogsback and the steep portion through the Pearly Gates -- pretty freaky for a new climber with an ice bridge over a crevasse on Hogsback and the steep chute. Summit was clear but the lowlands were blanketed with fog so the views of the other peaks were about it -- very cool though! Even more traffic to wait for on the descent but witnessed no problems. Planning a May 2010 climb.
I actually enjoyed Hood much more then Rainier! More technical difficulties and that wonderful sulfur smell! A sweet peak! Would like to return to do the Steel Cliffs one day.
It was a beautiful day to be on the mountain. A little windy early on but the wind died down which made for a great stand on the summit. It was my birthday and I ate a cupcake on the summit. No better birthday gift that standing on the top of Mt. Hood.
I did this late in a season and had to change rout at the hogs back. It was very soft and slushy snow, so extra caution was needed. Also, the rock fall was bad.
We had an *AMAZING* time climbing the Old Chute variation. My partner was rightfully conservative on his way up, but he reached the summit of his first 10k+ Cascade volcano. I felt right at ease the entire time, and I loved the exposure at the top. The walk to the true summit was easy.
We had great weather and snow conditions with very few other other climbers and had the entire summit ridge to ourselves.