Ascent of Mount Hood on 2017-01-26

Climber: Harvest Mondello

Date:Thursday, January 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hood
    Elevation:11239 ft / 3425 m

Ascent Trip Report

South Side - Right Pearly Gate up & down Old Chute. The Gates were deep powdered snow at shallow angles. The traverse from the Hogsback to below the Gates was the crux going to at 45 degrees and exposed. The ridge traverse is not in the best conditions to get over to the Old Chute. Watch for cornices and wind gusts. Bivied at 8,600 prior to the successful summit push after yesterday's failed attempt. -5F summit morning. Lots of fresh powder.

Party of 2 (H TL). Summit #9 for H.

Two day trip. The first day we camped above Palmer at about 8,600 1-25-17. Weather did not permit camping higher and ruled out a summit attempt that day.

Bivy gear w food/fuel and flexibility on summit time & day is what turned this failed attempt into a success with winter conditions!

1-25-17: ATTEMP of Mount Hood via South Side approach. -15F with wind chill, 15 mph winds. Very low visibility. Unable to keep hands warm. We opted to dig in a tent bivy site on Palmer Snowfield at 8,600 elevation and wait for better conditions. The next night things warmed up, winds slowed and visibility increased. We made a successful summit bid that day (the 26th). See separate report. Party of two (Sara & H TL).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5239 ft / 1596 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5239 ft / 1596 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Alpine Grade II (45*
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5239 ft / 1596 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:South Side: RPG
    Start Trailhead:6000 ft / 1828 m
    Time:1 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5239 ft / 1596 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:South Side: Old Chute
    End Trailhead:6000 ft / 1828 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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