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Ascent of Mount Adams on 2018-06-15

Climber: Jeremy Benezra

Date:Friday, June 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove out from Seattle early. Headed up the trail with a 45# pack – bare dirt for the first 1000 feet or so, then snow from there up. You’ll start seeing built up rock wind breaks starting at the mid 8000s and they’re spread all the way to the top of lunch counter. Most were full of snow and I had a shovel but didn’t want to dig. I found one wind break with no snow in the center, high rock walls, and a great view looking south. That’s where I made camp. Took me 5 hours to reach 9200 feet.

Woke at 5 and was out of camp by 6. I could make out maybe 10 climbers about halfway up Piker’s Peak, approx 1000 feet above me. It was fairly cold and I hiked for a long time in my down puffy, took it off when the sun started hitting me, and put it back on close to the summit.

After Piker’s is a small descent into a bowl before the last big steep climb to the top. I chatted with a guy coming down from the summit and he said the snow was really solid and a bit icy. Looking up, it was steep for a long time with no good place to sit and put on crampons, so I decided to put my crampons on there before the start of the last big climb.

The last climb is steep and goes for a long time. I caught and passed I think 8 of those climbers that were above me when I started. Its almost 1000 feet of gain from the dip after Piker’s to the top. You can see the summit for most of that though, so you have a carrot in front of you.

On map, the highpoint is a triangle next to the 12276 elevation marking. It’s a bit East and back from the final steep climb. That may be true some years or when the snows are lower, but right now I think the highest point was actually the bump a hair closer, just West of the final steep climb. Didn’t matter to me as I tagged both points, as well as any other bump that looked competitively high in elevation. Also tagged Piker’s on the way down. 4 hours camp to summit.

Didn’t take my ice axe off my pack until the glissade. Trekking poles and crampons were fine for the ascent. Clouds were coming in with visibility really low plus the ice was super fast. I made a super cautious glissade into the soup, coming to a full stop regularly before steep sections. Glissaded a couple thousand feet. Packed up my campsite and hoofed it the rest of the way out. About 25.5 hours cars to car. Wish I could have stayed a second night as I really enjoyed my campsite and wind break, the view south…
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool
Ascent Statistics
    Route:South Climb
    Time Up:9 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Adams and Piker (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Adams2018-06-15



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