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Ascent of Mount Adams on 2015-07-04

Climber: Dave Covill

Date:Saturday, July 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

South Slopes Route. Camped at ~ 8,300', above small cirque bowl. TH is at ~ 5,600'. Last running water was in small streams down around 7,000'. Come prepared to melt snow. Campsite tent rings begin at about 6,600', and continue up to over 10,000'. Of course, one could camp anywhere on snow at any elevation. Snowline, during this year of almost no snowfall in the PacNW, was perhaps around 7,500' in gulleys, and perhaps around 8,500' consistently on the upper mountain. There must be >100 tent rings on the South Side route. For sure >200, and maybe >300 climbers, on the 4th of July. Crazy, but the mountain is big enough to accommodate this many. Glissade chutes were icy early, and some sliders went by out of control at 7-8AM. We did not descend until well after 9AM, and conditions were good. Sunny day, no wind. No need for rope etc. This is a good mountain to solo, or for your first alpine ascent on a snow-capped peak. Crevasses on all other faces of the mountain looking down at them. Some climbers had US flags, very cool.
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