Ascent of Mount Adams on 2011-08-13

Climber: Noel Howe

Date:Saturday, August 13, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sean, Steve and I drove down Friday afternoon from Seattle and bivvied at Cold Creek CG. Got almost no sleep due to people playing music, driving up to the campground at midnight, bivvying next to us and making noise (note: recommend camping far away from the TH and then moving car to the parking lot near the TH).

1am wake-up call and on the trail at 1:50am. We had a few route-finding issues in the dark but once we got out of the trees it was easy to follow the path and boot-beaten track through the snow. With Steve in the lead and laying-down a withering pace we went past the Lunch Counter in the dark and were near the top of the false summit when the sun came up. Summited at 7:30am. Amazing views of Rainier, St. Helens, Hood, Jefferson, and Goat Rocks.

We headed down at about 8am and met streams of people on their way up. Back to the car at about noon. An outstanding trip (except for the total lack of sleep at Cold Creek CG). Am going to sleep well tonight.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6700 ft / 2042 m
    Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Trailhead:5576 ft / 1699 m

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