28 Apr Mt. Hood Climb
Date: May17-18, 2014
Team Leader: Frank Florence
A Spring Climb on the South Side of Oregon’s Highest Peak (11,239’)
Meet: Overnight parking area in the Timberline parking lot.
Time: Sat. afternoon/evening. Anticipate a 2.5 hour drive from Bend. Plan on retiring for the night by 7 PM. Yes, that’s early. But we’re getting up at midnight.
Route: Starting at 1 AM, the group will head up along the edge of the ski trails to the top of the Palmer lift (8,500’), then around Crater Rock to the Hogsback. Depending on crowds and conditions we will then either climb the Old Chute Route or go through the Pearly Gates to the summit ridge, and finally to the top. Descent will down the same line. Total trip time estimate: 9-14 hours.
Prerequisite Skills: All climbers must be familiar with safe travel on snow. This includes use of crampons and ice axe. A bomb-proof self-arrest is essential. We will likely be roped for part of the climb, so climbers must also know the basics of roped travel on snow. This will be a long day. We will travel at a pace suited to the entire team but all team members should be in good physical shape.
Number of CM Participants: 6 maximum. Current membership with the Cascade Mountaineers required.
Equipment: Summit pack, appropriate clothing including extra layers and gloves or mittens, sunglasses or goggles, trail food and snacks, ten essentials. 2-3 liters of water in bottles (not a hydropack.) Verify that your headlamp is in working order and carry spare batteries (mandatory.) Harness, helmet, 1 ice axe, mountaineering boots, pre-fitted crampons, 2 locking carabiners, belay/rappel device. Trekking poles or ski poles and camera are optional.
Group gear will be provided, including rope and snow anchors.
Contact Frank Florence if interested:
(315) 788-0544(cell) or email@example.com