Climbing Mt. Hood is fun and interesting. It is amazing how quickly we forget after summiting how freaking hard the climb was. I climbed Hood via the Leuthold route on May 5th and then again on May 30. When I did it in May, my friend Tracy reminded me that I had said that I wouldn’t be doing this anytime soon (those were not my exact words 🙂 ). I decided to do the climb again so that I could take Eric since I thought it would be a great prep for Rainier coming up on July 4th, plus Chris has never done the route and was up for something new.
The first group of climbers was me, Tracy, Andrea, and Mac, all of us ICS grads. Tracy led the way, I led the rope team. It was very cold and very postholey, but a great clear day!! The second time was me, Eric, and Chris with me leading. This was Erics first time on hood, and of course, knowing how tough he is…. I take him on a 50 degree technical route on hood. The things we do for love! 🙂 On the way up the palmer snowfield, I felt very dizzy and sick, but I toughed it through and felt better at the saddle. The route was postholey again after palmer lifts, plus weather moved in later, Eric had to arrest Chris’s fall, I think he tripped on a crampon (good thing I taught him basic mountaineering the day before), and a successful summit! I feel like Eric has covered everything before our rainier climb now!Here are some of the pics from the climbs.
Illumination Saddle on May 5, 2008
A clear view looking to the north from the ridgeline around 10,500 ft
knife edge ridge near the summit….wow, what a view!
Summit day, May 5, 2008 (Mac, Tracy, Andrea, and I)
Illumination Saddle, 5/30/2008…much less snow! It was about 4am in the morning here. Pic taken by CPK
Traversing from the saddle over near the hourglass, then up,up,up. Lots of postholeing here!!! Yikes (me in front, eric is second, CPK took the pic).
This is hard!!! Are we there yet!
We didn’t get summit pics because it was nasty!!! Think we were there around 10am on May 30, 2008. It was still challenging and fun. We had a great gilissade all the way down after we took off our crampons!