Ascent to Mount Hood-Triangle Moraine on 2012-04-28

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:James Robinson
John F
William K
David L
Date:Saturday, April 28, 2012
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Mount Hood - Triangle Moraine
    Elevation:9600 ft / 2926 m

Ascent Trip Report

Goal: Triangle Moraine and possibly Hogsback

This was a prep for a summit attempt which will hopefully follow in the coming two weeks. It was also a fun hike with four friends, none of whom had been much above the top of the Palmer Lift (8500').

Unfortunately David's rented boots caused him major problems from the get-go, so he was an early scratch and spent the rest of the day relaxing in the lodge. The remaining four of us continued up somewhat slowly.

It was a beautiful day, and surprisingly warm for the altitude. I had multiple readings, including at least one above 9000' that pegged the temperature easily over 50 degrees! In spite of the 1-2 feet of snow the upper sections of the peak received in the past week, the snow was reasonably firm considering the temps, with snow shoes easily providing the flotation needed. The Steel Cliffs was basically one big waterfall, with nearly the entire expanse of exposed rock visibly wet and the sound of running water very apparent. Ice chunks (relatively small were continuously falling into the crater from both sides, with some larger ice-fall tracks very apparent.

One climbers who made an attempt on the summit said that the bergschrund opened up today. Given the heat, I have no cause to doubt him, though it was not readily visible for our vantage points.

Great day, great company!

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3600 ft / 1098 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:SnoCat path, open country
    Trailhead:Timberline TH  6000 ft / 1828 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
Cloud carpet to 6000', intermittent light clouds above
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 

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