Ascent of Mount Adams on 2000-06-25

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Glenn Morrison
Date:Sunday, June 25, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

I met Glenn at a park-and ride in south Tacoma, planning to ski from the summit of Mount Rainier. But the weather was cloudy and overcast on Saturday morning, with a light drizzle as we drove through Ashford. So we bailed on Rainer and instead went south to Mount Adams, driving the dirt road of Highway 23 to Trout Lake. We then thought we'd go down to the Columbia and have a look at Mount Hood--it was a nice sight from White Salmon and Glenn was thinking about skiing the super-steep Cooper Spur.

In the end we elected to do Mount Adams, so we drove up the rutted dirt road towards the south trailhead and were stopped by snow at 4800 feet. We then hiked up the road to its end at Cold Springs Campground and pitched my small tent for the night.

We were up early the next morning and hiked up the standard south climb route on Mount Adams. It was a long climb, somewhat crowded, under party cloudy skies. The snow was icy at first but got softer as the temperatures increased. We were both dragging a bit on the long slope up to Pikers Peak, which we detoured to tag. The last bit to the final summit was a slog up icy sastrugi snow, but we topped out, rested, and put on our skis.

The descent of the summit cone was predictably bad on the icy slush, but Glenn thought we should ski the southwest chutes that started just below Pikers Peak, instead of the standard route. I was game, so we dropped in and had an utter blast skiing the beautiful corn snow down the narrow, moderately steep chute for about 5500 vertical feet of pretty continuous fall line. Wooooooooo!

We were playing tag with another party who also skied the chute. Glenn had a video camera and we traded off filming each other, too. The bottom part, in the forest, had some minor route-finding issues but we always found a way down on more snow. At 6100 feet we found the footprints of the Round-the-Mountain trail and reluctantly started hiking counter-clockwise back to Cold Springs. At this point we were physically toast and marched along in the snow like zombies as the path went up and down numerous gullies. This is the price you pay for the SW Chutes experience.

The rest of the day was a blur of fatigue--we got to Cold Springs, packed up our tent and sleeping bags, staggered back to the car, and started the long drive home, where we both fought sleep-deprivation the best we could on the dark highways of Lewis County. Helped by some Mountain Dew at a gas station on US 12, we made it to the park and ride in Tacoma, I got in my car, and made it home by 2 AM.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7733 ft / 2355 m
    Elevation Loss:7733 ft / 2355 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Skis, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:7533 ft / 2295 m
    Extra Loss:57 ft / 17 m
    Route:South Route
    Trailhead:Near Morrison Creek CG  4800 ft / 1463 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:7676 ft / 2338 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:SW Chute, Round Mountain Tr
    Trailhead:Near Morrison Creek CG  4800 ft / 1463 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2000 - Mount Adams (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pikers Peak2000-06-25 a
2Mount Adams2000-06-25 b
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