Aug 3, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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.