The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Mt Adams & Mt Hood - Fri, May 27 2016, Sat, May 28 2016, Sun, May 29 2016

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Skiing
Event Location:Mt Hood & Mt Adams
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 27 2016, Sat, May 28 2016, Sun, May 29 2016  6:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Wed, May 25 2016 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days 2 nights
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Rob Brusse
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


Registration opens 10pm May 20th

South Side route, also known as the Palmer Glacier route, is a Grade II, class 2-3 glacier climb begins at the 5,800' Timberline Lodge parking area, is the shortest (< 3 miles) and most popular route to the summit. Above the Palmer ski lift there are 3 variations of this route, the most popular of which is the Hogsback / Pearly Gates route (35 degree). The Hogsback / Old Crater (40 degree) variation is used when the Pearly Gates are congested. ASCENT ROUTE....Follow Palmer Glacier, along east edge (right side) to avoid interfering with ski trails (as directed by sign at climbers’ trailhead), to Triangular Moraine above cat track (5° bearing from Silcox hut). Climb above Triangular Moraine (8,500 ft) on most gentle ground to east side of Crater Rock (slope opposite Steel Cliff). Follow round Crater Rock, above sulfur-fuming Devil’s Kitchen (10,400 ft), to its north side to find wind carved snow formation called the Hogsback.
DESCENT ROUTE.....Descend the climbing route.
1.While Mount Hood has reportedly been summited by a woman in high heels, this does not discount the need for climbing experience on this mountain. An ice axe and crampons should be considered mandatory for most climbers, with climbing helmets being a popular addition, especially higher up. 2.On warm days it is recommended you get an early start (which is closer to midnight than sunrise), to be out of rockfall areas by 10am. 3.Due to the loose rock, climbers are urged to tread lightly, staying on the snow and ice while climbing and not dislodging any rock. 4.Check and be wary of the summit cornice, especially during the winter and early spring. 5.Do not linger around the fumaroles which create oxygen voids that have asphyxiated (suffocated) unsuspecting climbers.

is the second highest peak in Washington State and the third highest in the Cascade Range. It is a broad volcanic massif which towers above the surrounding hills about 30 miles north of the Columbia River. The summit is covered by a large icecap, and over a dozen glaciers pour down its flanks, most via massive and treacherous icefalls. However, the South Rib (Suksdorf Ridge) route is crevasse-free, providing one of the easier climbing routes and nicest ski runs on any of the northern Cascade volcanoes. It has over 7000 ft (2100 m) of skiable vertical in the spring, including a near-perfect 30-degree pitch for over 2500 ft (800 m) below the false summit.


Friday (6 am) Drive to Government Camp (town @ base) of Mt Hood..(8 + hrs).
Overnight @ Hostel in town for early 3 am Saturday start.... Drive to Timberline Lodge trail head. Ski tour std route to summit (estimate 6-8 hrs return)
After descent of Mt Hood to Trout Lake Ranger Station for Mt Adams Permit ($15 US Cash if required, rumour has it charges don't start until June 1st).
Drive to Mt Adams South Ridge Trail head ascend (3 hours) to "the Lunch Counter"
Sunday 4 am start
Ascend on ski's to Mt Adams Summit (estimate 6-8 hrs return)
Between 12 & 2 pm... start 7 hour drive home.

Required Items to Bring:
breakfasts lunches & dinner, overnight gear; sleeping bag, tent, cook kit, avi kit, ski touring kit, ski crampons, crampons, pickets, deadman, ice axe, helmet, headlamps,
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions: Click for Mt Hood weather conditions update

Click for Mt Adams Ski-Tour Description

Click for Mt Hood route description

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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