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Ascent of Mount Adams on 2019-06-30

Climber: chris hooper

Others in Party:Justin S
Date:Sunday, June 30, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed with Justin. Snow/Ice in great condition. Heard lots of rock fall but none on the Adams Glacier. Seracs scary looking. Snow bridges thin but route probably still goes without many of them. Fantastic climb up. Tagged the pinnacle also. North Ridge down was painfully insecure choss, would recommend using the snow gully between the N ridge and the Adams glacier instead but that option does have a lot of rock fall risk.

expected to do this climb with mark thomas, but he never arrived at our base camp and we had no cell reception, or at least didn't hear from him. turns out his climb on jefferson involved lightning near the summit and partners ditching all metal gear off the mountain bc of buzzing.

justin lead through steep easy terrain up the adams glacier. although non technical, a few crevasse crossings were harroing considering how deep they were and how narrow the bridges were. mark climbed the route a week or so later and experienced a very different, more technical climb.

we started the climb from the lower climbers camp very early, perhaps around 12pm or 1am, and made it to the base of the route before first light. we saw headlamps of another party (of 6) approaching the route, as well as a soloist headed up the north ridge. we made the summit by mid morning and headed over to pinnacle before beginning the descent by the north ridge. the descent route was volcanic choss hell but the scenery is spectacular and strange. another mini volcano cone to the east was interesting.

we made it to camp, packed, and were back to the car before dusk, although the hike out felt like it took longer than it should (like it always does!).

I got too tired driving back to seattle alone, so i pulled over in a small random town and slept in the car until morning, then headed home, showered, and went to work.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:AI2-3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Adams Glacier
Descent Statistics
    Route:North Ridge
Ascent Part of Trip: Adams Glacier w/ Justin (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Adams2019-06-30 
2The Pinnacle2019-06-30 



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