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Ascent to Mount Hood-above Silcox hut on 2013-07-31

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Hood - above Silcox hut
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:7218 ft / 2200 m
    Remaining Elevation:4021 ft / 1225 m (19% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

After our morning ascent of Mount Adams we arrived at Timberline Lodge mid pm. Learned our expected route Pearly Gates is inaccessible due to big crevasse across Hogs Back.

Read up on Old Chute route, which is the current alternative on south side. This is left (west) of Pearly Gates. Studying the mountain with binoculars we could see a trail traversing L from low on the Hogs Back ridge, then a long snow slope (up to 50deg we read) and a few potential exit points to the skyline. Beyond, the west ridge traverse can apparently be intimidating due to a narrow exposed section.

Dinner at the posh and impressive Lodge, bed by 9 pm.

Started up Mountaineers trail (L side of creek at N45.33073 W121.70943) at 1 a.m. Good trail continued past Silcox Hut N45.34459 W121.70941. Then on snow, very soft. We watched the piste groomers stirring the porridge-like mass for a few minutes then turned back, down by 3a.m., perhaps one of the shorter DNSs on record! Back to Timberline Lodge to sign out. Published temp at 2am was 56F at 7000ft! Previous morning's low was 51F (a party yesterday got down at 4 am - seems to be a pattern...). The chances of our avoiding crevasses and rock fall and getting the summit would have been negligible, we considered.

Later spoke to girl at ticket office who said the guides have pretty much given up on the summit for this season. Good enough for us. For the record, guides tel no is 541 312 9242, we didn't contact them.

With hindsight, a date after the first week in July is likely too late for this peak.
Drove south to California and climbed Mount Eddy that evening.
Summary Total Data
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Trailhead:Timberline  
Descent Statistics



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