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Mount Adams Climb

  • Aug 3, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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Let's stand on the summit of the area's best big mountain for first-time mountaineers (although previous climbing experience is helpful). It requires fitness and stamina but is not technical, meaning there are no crevasses, no roping up, etc. At 12,276 feet, Adams is the second tallest mountain in Washington and is a thousand feet higher than Mount Hood. Here are the photos from last year.

This is a two-day outing, with an overnight stay on the mountain at Lunch Counter (a ridge at about 9,200 feet) to adjust to the altitude. The views and sunset/sunrise there are spectacular, for me the best part of the trip. We will climb the non-technical South route. On Saturday, after getting our climbing permits, we will start our ascent at about 5,500 feet. After the first few miles, the rest of the route is on snow. It's a gradual slog up to our camp; for this segment, snowshoes or crampons are not needed.

Early the next morning the real climb begins, on a much steeper slope, but we will be following the footsteps of hundreds of other climbers. For the actual climb, crampons and ice axes are required. After the summit, the thrilling highlight of the Mount Adams climb is the long seated glissade back to camp, basically a 2,500-foot-tall luge run. Then we pack up our gear and continue the long walk (with some glissading) down the hill.

We will have a preclimb meeting on Tuesday, July 30, at the Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th, at 7 pm. Attendance is required. If you don't come to the meeting and you have not contacted me in advance about it, I will remove you from the team. I will email my phone number before the meeting.

 

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  • Juergen

    Finally managed to upload a few pictures as well. Thanks everyone for this great experience.

    August 25, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Excellent!!! A good way to end my vacation. We were lucked out on the weather. Nothing but sunshine and blue skies on the day of summiting Mount Adams. The people are wonderful and enthusiastic. Camping at Lunchcounter was awesome. Thank you Keith for putting this together and making this epic. Fun times and memories will be treasured. I will see you on a next hiking adventure.

    August 6, 2013

  • Keith

    C'mon guys your photos aren't going to post themselves, let's see what you got. I want to see some hot summit action.

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • B.G

      I agree, group picture on the summit is mandatory.

      August 6, 2013

  • Patti

    Hi Keith,

    I see that there are still 2 open spots left for this hike. Can we still sign up to go? I was not in town on Tuesday so did not attend the meeting. Let me know.

    Thanks,

    Patti

    July 31, 2013

    • Keith

      Sorry Patty, no, there was too much important content at the meeting, which is why I closed the RSVPs Monday night. That's just the way it is with summit outings.

      August 1, 2013

  • Brandon

    Will the group have a table reserved for the meeting next week? I have not made a trip with the group yet so I want to be able to find everyone at the meeting.

    July 26, 2013

    • Keith

      Brandon, we will be in the room to the south; look for the meetup sign.

      July 28, 2013

    • Brandon

      Thank, Keith. I'm looking forward to it.

      July 28, 2013

  • Keith

    I just soloed to Lunch Counter. Things look pretty different this year with the lower snow levels. I'll have details at the meeting.

    July 28, 2013

  • Zhong

    Would like to come, but won't be able to get anywhere at 6:30 am by public transportation. Saturday is not a long hike, probably doesn't need to start early, so everyone can have enough sleep before the hike.

    June 2, 2013

    • Keith

      The problem is finding parking at the trailhead (Cold Springs Campground) on one of the busiest climbing weekends of the year. If we don't get there in time, we simply won't be able to park our cars. So we need to start the day early. We will try to make arrangements to pick some people up if they don't have cars.

      June 2, 2013

    • Rick L. J.

      I would be willing to lend out my ice axe if someone needed one.

      July 28, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    After I climb this mountain with the group, I am thinking about creating the same event two weeks after it. I will let you guys know. Thanks.

    3 · July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate wag bags.

    July 21, 2013

    • B.G

      If you don't like those cat litter paper bags, you can buy some Restop2 bags, they are pretty much the Cadillac of pack out bags LOL.

      July 22, 2013

  • KRIS

    Any chance id get in this climb? :-)

    July 21, 2013

  • B.G

    Be careful following the steps of other hundreds of climbers, apparently some early morning climbers decided not to pack out and use those climbing steps to relieve themselves. Just warning so that you keep your eyes open during the climb and not ruin the happiness due to the gross misdeed of some culprits.

    July 17, 2013

    • Keith

      Well, that's a first, I think. Gross is right. Maybe it was dog waste and not human? A number of people take their larger dogs to the summit.

      July 17, 2013

    • Pogo M.

      I'm not sure that Bhaskar would have wanted to take a closer look to determine the poop-type. In any case, dogs shouldn't get a free pass to poop as they please!!! Pack out the stuff!

      July 21, 2013

  • Hiroko Y

    Family matter

    July 15, 2013

  • Robert R.

    Took the advantage and climbed Adams this last weekend, great time, this will free up a position for someone else on the wait list, thanks Keith, Robert

    July 14, 2013

  • Hiroko Y

    Getting closer!!!!

    July 13, 2013

  • Keith

    Pre-climb meeting will be on Tuesday, July 30, at the Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th, 7 pm.

    June 27, 2013

  • Hiroko Y

    Make the plan.....flying from OC, CA

    June 26, 2013

  • Hiroko Y

    Hi Keith, when will be the pre-climb meeting and where?
    I have to start make the pan.
    Thanks.

    June 26, 2013

  • Keith

    Chatchay, good to have you on this one.

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I climbed Adams at this exact time last year and had a blast! We left lunch counter at 2am and were the first to summit that day. Good luck!

    June 3, 2013

    • Keith

      Leaving there at 6:30 or 7:00, we will not be the first to the top. More like 147th.

      June 3, 2013

  • Keith

    Anyone keen to do this should get on the waiting list as there are sure to be some changes.

    June 2, 2013

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