Another great climbing during what is considered late-season on the south side routes. Started at 1:30am, seemingly behind the majority of climbers, but we quickly caught up and topped out in the middle of the pack. We headed off the summit rim just as the sun was starting to break over to the south rim wall. We could hear and see ice and rocks starting to break-off from the sun, but we pasted at least a dozen climbers still heading up (no amount of warning was able to deter any of them...).
Great climb. Great weather. We sterted at 3am and reached the summit at 9. The snow conditions were terrible on the descent approaching the ski area. I would recommend skis.
Went up the hogsback on a beautiful clear night. Reports of blue ice in the Pearly Gates had a bunch of people going up the Old Chute instead, but we opted for the less crowded route. Snow conditions there were actually fine - just one very short bit with harder, more brittle ice.
Conditions at the bottom (coming back down) were properly miserable. I'd rather take the Cat back to the bottom than the other way around. Maybe next time, I'll take skis for the easier descent.
All in all, gorgeous day! Conditions still pretty good!
Good group, good weather, good climb. Opted not to rope. Seemed like it was about half and half, roped or unroped for folks on the mountain.
Great day, great conditions, great company...
A good, safe summit. The snow conditions were good. The Bergschrund was not an issue (we crossed under it and to the left) as we climbed via the West Crater Variation (Pearly Gates are not connected directly to the Hogsback this year). The only difficulty was the fact that the wind never really let up. It was actually a non-stop howling. Not cold or wet, just constant wind.
The other thing worth noting... I counted 45 people above the Hogsback but below the Summit at 6:30 am. It sounds like a lot of people but the WCV allows people to spread out a bit. There are two exit chutes and the airy ridge so people can reach the summit area in a few different ways once above the height of the Bergschrund.
At long last the weather, my schedule, and my climbing buddy's schedule came together to allow this climb. We had perfect condtions and no crowds (I counted all of 8 climbers on the mountain). Many thanks to my friend Karl Helser for getting me up (and, more importantly, down) the mountain in one piece!
Returned to my first route up the mountain, the old chute. A little breezy on top, but still a nice view.
Continuing to make brisk progress on this list, should have it mopped up sometime around 2130 a.d. when I am 150 years old. Camped in the scree directly east of the Silcox Hut, and did the standard midnight start. High winds on summit, but beautiful clear skies and great visibility.
Flew back into Portland on a beautiful day from Denver. Looked out the window and saw Mt. Hood in all its majesty. "I need to climb that again" I said to myself. So, a few days later I did it solo (my first solo climb of any sizable peak) and had a great snowboard ride back down. Beautiful day for it too!
Climbed via the Old Chute (right-side gully up, headwall down). Firm snow and clear skies. Calm on summit. This was my 48th ascent of Mount Hood, including 10 different routes. Lots of memories over the years!
Great climb up to the summit. Weather cooperated, got a bit windy on the ridge, so we had to crawl for part of it so we wouldn't blow off the mountain. Beautiful views from the top!
Climbed the standard route, via hogs back.
Also first climb with the Mazamas. Great day on top via Old Chute
Five of us left the Timberline parking lot just before 3am. We followed the packed or groomed "trail" until the top of the ski lift where snowshoes would have been nice. Beautiful sunrise at 745am followed quickly by clouds rolling in. The clouds soon brought snow and then near white out conditions around 8:15am below Crater Rock. Two of us were feeling good and were looking forward to getting to the Hogsback and making a run at the top but the weather won. Great day to be out with old and new friends though.
at the Konvention...
Summited Hood via south side. Absolutely loved this climb! Last 800 ft are steep but awesome. Seeing the pyramid shadow cast by the sunrise was incredible.
Started out a decent morning,but then there was some serious wind and wite out on the upper portions of the mountain. many climbers were coming down having turned back,but we moved on. After passing the bergshrund we climbed up a steep snow slope into the west couloir(Devils Kitchen). This got steep around 60 degree pitch or so.Alot of snow and ice mixed with some rock.Every now and then the clouds would clear exposing huge icefalls. We didnt waist time here. We continued and soon reached the summit.With no other tracks to follow and complete whiteout snowstorm we were forced to downclimb the route we ascended. We did have a 60 ft rope,1 ice screw and axes though.We worked a 3 man walking belay and made it safely down the steep gully.Was a challenging epic day..I now have much respect for Mt.Hood and its challenges...,Jim W
via Hogsback and Old Chute variation