Ascent of Mount Adams on 2007-07-05

Climber: Erik Landahl

Others in Party:Rick Samona
Date:Thursday, July 5, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Spent night in rented room above general store in Trout Lake. Set out next morning - 4th of July. Not a cloud. Temp hit 90 degrees on drive to trailhead. Climb up to Lunch Counter was awesome. Passed about a dozen people. Found tent site 30 yards from snow runoff stream. That night saw fireworks display way to the south. Next morning sped up the mountain to false summit (Pikers Peak.) Cloudless weather. Rested and talked with a pregnant woman from California. Climbed on up to summit. Passed a few small crevasses as we hit the summit ice cap. Summit was higher than listed elevation because old shack was totally covered with snow mound except for a 12 inch piece of wood sticking out. Climbed up snow mound and took pics. Rainier and St. Helens jumped out at us. Hundreds of butterflies circled the summit. Glissaded from false summit to Lunch Counter. Incredibly fast and fun. Steered with ice axes. Took 14 minutes to descend and ended only 50 yards or so from our tent. As we broke camp, Blue Angels buzzed us from Portland air show. On hike out, our glissade trail still visible from about 4 miles away. Drove home through Indian Heaven Wilderness. Got a rare close-up view of south side of St. Helens, Couldn't see crater from that viewpoint. It was dusk, and the mountain glowed red-orange, as did Mt. Adams. Beautiful sight.
Summary Total Data
    Route:South Climb
    Trailhead:Cold Springs Trailhead  
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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