Soon, the summit will be very crowded

Soon, the summit will be very crowded

Memorial day congestion as climbers head up the hogback and skirt the bergscrund to the left. A cloud cap obscures the Pearly Gates and even more climbers. Click on this pic twice to get a larger format 5-24-03 My Trip Report on this is found HERE.
on Dec 30, 2003 9:36 pm
Image ID: 37051


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Aspen - May 11, 2006 3:20 am - Hasn't voted

Good Traffic Day

Oh my...that's the best traffic shot I've seen! I'd trade that for any hour sitting in a Philadelphia rush hour! Hahaha!!



Sajama - May 23, 2006 7:08 am - Voted 10/10


I like the pic and the ambience, not the congestion but is a photo very representative.


Erik Beeler

Erik Beeler - Dec 5, 2006 4:54 pm - Voted 10/10

My Lord!

That is a lot of climbers! Rush hour at almost 14000 feet.


Dean - Dec 5, 2006 5:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: My Lord!

I counted over 100 climbers that day. This pic just doesn't show them all. Some were already heading down and others were still coming up.
Crazy. Thanks for the vote.


rmick25 - Oct 20, 2009 2:48 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: My Lord!

Hardly 14,000. Closer to 11,000


Dean - Oct 20, 2009 3:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: My Lord!

As rmick25 pointed out, not 14K. Hood is 11239' high.


Corax - Jan 8, 2007 10:24 pm - Voted 10/10


The slope doesn't look steep.
Is there another reason the climbers are roped?
Steeper up ahead?
Because of fear of worse visibility?
A guided group with rules?


Dean - Jan 8, 2007 10:27 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ropes

It gets real steep up through the Pearly Gates (see pic) and sometimes it is bare ice requiring the rope. On this particular day, I was one of about 4 or 5 who went solo and unroped. The snow was such that I didn't need a rope nor wanted one.


Corax - Jan 9, 2007 2:55 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Ropes

Ok, thanks for the info.
Hood looks like a nice climb. I got really interested when I saw a photo in the BD catalogue.
I have to go there one day.


marlonwarren - Jan 26, 2007 6:21 pm - Voted 10/10


A good reality check photo for people that what to Summit
Hood on Holidays

I luv the photo.


mtnman455 - Apr 17, 2007 4:08 pm - Voted 10/10


Yeah, that is pretty bad.


mvs - Apr 17, 2007 4:17 pm - Hasn't voted


just don't climb the standard route. Then you are back to 4-5 climbers max. I like the Leuthold Couloir. Anyway, I like the picture, I think it was similar when I went that way (one of my very first climbs 9 years ago...).


gimpilator - Jun 27, 2007 6:53 pm - Voted 10/10

Great shot.

It reminds me of this one that I took on the Roman Wall. Not as good as yours but the same sort of situation.


Dean - Jun 28, 2007 1:26 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great shot.

Thank you and it shows that some places need to be avoided on holiday weekends.


AJones - Dec 18, 2007 2:39 pm - Voted 10/10


That's an amazing shot and a reality check. To me, part of the climbing experience is the (relative) solitude. This would have depressed me. Is it fairly difficult to remain motivated on such a crowded climb, or does the position and the beauty of the mountain outweigh the crowds.


Dean - Dec 18, 2007 11:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!

Thank you for the comments. I was surprised by the numbers of climbers that day and this pic doesn't show
the thirty or forty others that were either in the fog above or already heading back down. I felt a lot of energy though from the others and I'm sure that helped me in my solo effort. Memorial day weekend is not the time to climb this mountain.


Dean - Nov 14, 2008 10:00 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!

The popular mountains like Mont Blanc and Mt. Hood are definitely people magnets. Mont Blanc is a much bigger massif than Hood and Hood's problem is that almost everyone goes up and down the same route. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


tanya - Dec 18, 2007 4:11 pm - Voted 10/10


Wonderful shot!


Dean - Nov 14, 2008 10:01 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Kudos!

Thank you Tanya, I appreciate the comments.


Dean - Nov 19, 2008 9:18 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Of course

Thank you Mihai, I appreciate your comment.

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