02 Apr Mt. Hood climb scheduled for 5.12.2013
Cascades Mountaineers Club Outing (membership required to participate)
Mt. Hood – South Side Route
Outing Coordinator: Marcus Muffley
Date: May 12th, 2013 (Sunday)
Start: Base of Palmer Lift, just N. of the Timberline Lodge @ 2am
Elevation Gain/Loss: ~5380’
Time: Round trip time approximately 9 hours.
Outing Description: The South Side Route is the shortest, least technical and therefore the most popular route to the summit. We will meet at the climbers hut to register at 1:45am. The climb will begin at Timberline Lodge (5,960’) and ascend to the top of the Palmer Lift (4:30am / 8500’). We will continue up to the Hogsback (10,600’), where we may or may not rope-up (depending on the conditions & the team) & summit (11,237’) via the Old Chute, or possibly the Pearly Gates, by ~ 8:15am. Refer to the books: “Oregon High, A Climbers Guide” by Jeff Thomas or “Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes” by Jeff Smoot, for route details.
For those interested in camping on the mountain: Possibility of camping anywhere between 8,200 and 9,700 feet
Elevation gain to lowest camp: 2,350 feet over 1.8 miles
Elevation gain from lowest camp to summit: 3,037 feet over 1.4 miles
For those who want to take the express route down, you are welcome to bring your skis or snowboard & leave them/it at the top of the Palmer Lift to pick up on the way back down.
Equipment & Clothing Needs: Crampons, ice ax, harness & helmet. The 10 essentials, layers of non-cotton clothing, waterproof shell and pants, headlamp, GPS, cell phone, etc.
Skills, Experience and Fitness Level Needed: Safety is paramount and all climbers must be prepared for the unexpected situation and weather. Please have the appropriate knowledge, experience, gear and stamina to climb one of the most notoriously challenging mountains in the Cascade Range. That being stated, Timberline Mountain Guides offers the Advanced Snow Travel class the day before. Otherwise previous experience with use of crampons, ice axe and self arrest techniques & the stamina to climb 5300’ at altitude is required.
Maximum Number of Participants & RSVP Requirements: 12 climbers.
RSVP to: Marcus Muffley at Myrule7@gmail.com or call/txt at 1.541.633.3000