Ascent of Mount Hood on 2010-06-24

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Nichole
Sheldon (guide)
Date:Thursday, June 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Hood
    Elevation:11239 ft / 3425 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had perfect weather for the ascent which began at 1:30 am after ride to top of ski lift via snow cat. Ascent was via the south route. Cloudless sky, almost full moon. We were in group of eight including three guides from Timberline Mountain Guides. Unfortunately my two sons both did not feel well enough to participate. First section was up to Hogsback with two minor rest breaks. Felt a little faint/nauseous at times but mostly pretty easy. It was much warmer than we expected and my wife was actually in t-shirt up to this point. At Hogsback we donned crampons and roped up in a group of three with our guide Sheldon. Continued upward to a small plateau below some chutes where Sheldon placed snow anchor. Then real climbing began. Huge, beautiful bluish rime ice formations. While waiting for second pitch snow anchor to be placed my legs came close to cramping up, but I luckily managed to shift around enough to ward it off. Got up to summit ridge pretty much at sunrise and was rewarded with beautiful view of pyramidal mountain penumbra. Then to summit and views of Rainier, St Helens, Adams and more. On descent we semi-rappelled down the chute, then it was a very long descent to the parking lot and Timberline Lodge, slogging through slush on the lower parts of the ski area. We had to detour at the end around a photo shoot in progress.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2771 ft / 844 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5329 ft / 1624 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2771 ft / 844 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:South route
    Start Trailhead:Palmer Icefield  8468 ft / 2581 m
    Time:4 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5329 ft / 1624 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:South route + ski area
    End Trailhead:Timberline Lodge  5910 ft / 1801 m
    Time:4 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Walter Blume
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