South Spur Climber's Log

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chicagosky - Aug 9, 2011 5:59 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011

14 hour slog but worth it  Sucess!

Left parking lot at 3:30am and returned by 5:30pm. Was a great day to be climbing with nice weather but we got lost on the way back. Finally found the trail and returned safely to the car.

fredzurensick - Jul 28, 2011 11:21 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2011

Great Hike  Sucess!

Went up on Saturday to Lunch Counter with a big group of friends. We found a great spot about halfway through the Lunch Counter. The next morning, we got an alpine start and summited in a lenticular cloud on an otherwise clear day. Oh well... A good time was had by all, especially on the descent ;)


funkstuf - Jun 29, 2011 3:48 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

Always a nice climb  Sucess!

Had a nice climb. contemplated going up to the summit in the evening after we hung out at the lunch counter but the snow was very soft so went up early in the morning. Glissaded off the summit and off the false summit back to lunch counter. I love this climb and do it every year usually taking someone up that has never climbed a mountain. Always relaxing.


LadyWawa - Feb 6, 2011 8:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2010

Wonderful!  Sucess!

Wonderful glissade! My very first. Yes, I also ripped my pants on it. :)

Simon Whimsy

Simon Whimsy - Jan 13, 2011 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

I got ripped off

On the glissade down, nothing but terrible ice. Then when I finally did, it ripped my pants. Well at least I had fun.

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis - Nov 16, 2010 3:14 am Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2008


Didn't make it but I will be back! Broken middle finger and no crampons with icy condtions turned me around at False Summit. I have yet to be rewarded with that "best glissade in the nation". I look forward to it!


Paul86 - Sep 14, 2010 1:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2009

Loved this Mountain  Sucess!

Adams is amazing and beautiful. My partner didn't make it past base camp but that didn't stop me from soloing the upper mountain. Got up there before sunrise though. Made for chilly weather and bad pictures. Lesson learned.


jesseahouser - Aug 5, 2010 10:47 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010

Good 1st Cascade Volcano  Sucess!

This was my first Cascade volcano climb. I would highly suggest the South Spur route to those who are interested in climbing one of these peaks but would like to start out gradually before trying Mt Rainier or others. We were very lucky with the weather - I was expecting more cold and wind, but it was a pleasant surprise. We (a party of 3) camped at 9200' at Lunch Counter - just at the base of the main snowfield. I highly recommend doing that. I read some reports where people criticized lugging gear up the mountain when it is unnecessary. I am very happy that we did. The experience of sleeping high on the mountain is quite a thrill for those who don't do it often. Plus, it puts you ahead in front of the crowds. We started the climb up the main snowfield at 2:45AM, and we were the first to do so. A group of three others followed us, and two of them passed us by the time we arrived at the summit at 6:15AM. An early start was definitely key to avoiding the masses. On the glissade back down to Lunch Counter, there were LOTS of people coming up. Start early and don't be in a hurry!

A note about gear... I was torn between hiking and mountaineering boots. Since the weather was so warm (35F was the low at Lunch Counter), I opted for my hikers - Asolo Fugitive GTX in combination with Black Diamond Contact Strap crampons. I know, the Fugitives are B0 rated and don't have a full shank, but they worked comfortably and efficiently. If the weather was more serious or the route less defined, a mountaineering boot would be required. The BD Contact Straps bit into the crusty snowpack during the moonlit ascent. For glissading, bring a pair of slick nylon shorts - go to the thrift store before hand. I thought the ice axe was necessary for glissading down the main snowfield. I had to self-arrest several times because the speed was getting a little too fast. I think it would be difficult to do that with trekking poles only.

For those needing to rent gear, Next Adventures in Portland has ice axes, helmets, crampons, boots, etc. Portland State University rents those plus mountaineering tents (we took a Mountain Hardware Trango 3 - overkill with the weather we had, but nice and roomy!). I was very happy with Next Adventures and PSU! Per posting guidelines, I am in no way affiliated with either - I'm just satisfied with my experience and want to pass that on to others who might be in need of some rental gear.


one6180339 - Jul 27, 2010 11:14 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010

perfect conditions

Camped at ~8600' the night before. Left camp at 5:15 and ascended in great conditions. Perfect weather all day. Beautiful summit!


Redwic - Jul 22, 2010 10:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2010

Great weather, great mountain!  Sucess!

The weather was good, but the day was long. FZTE and I arrived at the trailhead very late in the evening and we each only got a solid 1h30m of sleep. This made the route more of a grind than it needed to be, but we made it. I was one of the first climbers to reach the summit that day, and FZTE still made the summit despite a lingering stomach ailment that nearly ended his ascent. The glissades down from Pikers Peak were awesome! This was my 24th WA CoHP completed.


jonesa37 - Jan 20, 2010 2:13 am

boy scout trip   Sucess!

sweet climb 2nd of the cascade volcanoes this is the one that got me hooked on climbing


SKI - Dec 26, 2009 12:33 pm Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2009

Triple Crown  Sucess!

Bagged right after St. Helens, 9 mile approach and bands of dirt and snow made it all hell. Beautiful summit day and made great friends.


Hotoven - Jul 26, 2009 12:42 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2009

2 day hike  Sucess!

Did this in two days. camped a lunch counter, then went to the top the next day.


Deltaoperator17 - Jul 22, 2009 1:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2009

Fun!  Sucess!

Very fun and rewarding route to the lunch counter.


BCJ - Jun 25, 2009 2:10 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

Icy  Sucess!

Glissade on ice resulted in the most painful injury of my climbing career.


EastKing - Sep 11, 2008 1:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2008

South Spur  Sucess!

Most of glissade routes were gone but the mountain was still a lot of fun. See trip report.


Mountainjeff - Aug 25, 2008 12:32 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

Perfect Weather  Sucess!

Started at 5:15 AM and summited 10 hrs later. I was with a group of 11 first time climbers and was able to teach them the basics of ice ax and crampon use. It was a great place for learning with great snow conditions. There was about a foot of new snow above Pikers peak and the summit was covered in rime ice. Arrived back at the car at 8:30 PM. It was a great day.

Rob Ricks

Rob Ricks - May 21, 2008 7:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2004

Nice solo hike  Sucess!

Left Cold Springs Campground at 5:15 a.m.. Made the Lunch Counter by 9:30 a.m. Felt a little tired, so I rested for 30 minutes, melted some bug-infested snow and ate some peanut butter and crackers. Launched up the South Spur and realized there was no need for crampons and ice-axe. I was getting good snow purchase as it was softening. Dropped pack at Piker's Peak and made the summit by noon. Only one on the summit at the time. Felt Great!! Tremendous glissading adventure down the Spur. Got some good wilderness navigation practice on the way back down to Trail #183.


lcarreau - Dec 12, 2007 6:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1982

Summited in 1982!  Sucess!

Wasn't hot. No walled rock shelters anywhere, just camped
in the snow at Timberline. Why would anybody want to pack
overnite gear up to the Lunch Counter? Please allow three
days if at all possible. Bring goggles in case the winds
come up. The weather can change in an instant. (If you
go in early season, you can glissade halfway down the mountain.)


gimpilator - Jul 6, 2007 2:43 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2007

11.5 hours round trip  Sucess!

It was extremely hot today. I brought just under two gallons of water and nearly drank it all. I don't know why anyone would want to lug up all the overnight gear for this non-technical route unless they just enjoy overnight trips. Early starts are key.

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