The weather report as of when this event is posted on Sunday, November 25th calls for snow and wind starting Wednesday and probably continuing through the weekend. Expect temperatures in the low 20's at the “summit” which means that wind chill could easily bring the effective temperatures down to close to zero degrees. I don't expect any avalanche issues but there should be a fair amount of fresh snow.
The group will be limited to eight people, all in good shape and prepared for winter conditions.
If the road is still open we'll start at Climbers Bivouac. If not we'll start at Marble Mountain. Either way expect the climb to take between ten and twelve hours. We'll leave Portland crazy early at 4 AM, stop in Cougar for permits – no charge this time of year- with the intention to start climbing before 7 AM.
Distance: 10-12 miles depending on starting trail head
Elevation gain: 4,500-5,500 feet depending on starting trail head
Snow shoes w/poles
Lot's of warm clothes
We'll probably not need crampons. I'll let you know after I talk to the forest ranger.
To join the climb please send me a climbing resume no later then noon Tuesday. I will send an email to the climb team no later then Wednesday morning to let you know you are accepted. Due to the short notice there will not be a pre climb meeting. We'll deal with logistics by email.