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Ascent of Mount Adams on 2017-07-05

Climber: Sarah Montgomery

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Seeing a positive-enough weather forecast, I made my way to Trout Lake around 6 pm on July 4. I filled out a permit and paid my $10 weekday climbing fee, had dinner at the cafe and picked up some candy bars at the general store. The road to the South Spur trailhead is a rutted mess. I wish I had brought the truck, but since this was a bit of a whim, I was in my VW golf. Not ideal.
I camped at the trailhead (there are many flat areas behind parking spots), and started up around 345 am on July 5. The trail was snow covered after about an hour of hiking, and I followed bootpaths and glissade tracks to the Lunch Counter, where others were rousing for a climb. The sunrise was outstanding, with views of Hood and St Helens.
I started up the steeper snow in crampons and using my ice ax, ascending to the summit around 1030 am. The snow was perfect--just crunchy enough for good traction, not too soft to sink in. On the way down, it was softer and perfect for a few glissades. Strong winds above 9000 feet made the last bit difficult for keeping my footing, and I had a socked-in summit experience. Around 1 pm it turned into a bluebird day with no wind, I was jealous of those on their way up for a July 6 summit bid.
This was a perfect day in the mountains, and a nice confidence builder as a solo climb with so much elevation gain.
This is my 15th Washington County high point.
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