Ascent of Mount Hood on 2012-06-27

Climber: Stephen Wark

Date:Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hood
    Elevation:11239 ft / 3425 m

Ascent Trip Report

After days of inaccurate weather reports and the promise of a small window of opportunity, we pushed up to 9400 in a whiteout and set up camp. By the gods, the sky cleared at 11:00 PM and we made our successful push to the summit at 5:00 AM.

The weather was initially cold - perfect conditions for the Old Chute - Right Variant. It was steep and required careful single/double tooling. Some even had to rappel down!

The descent was uneventful, but temperatures increased and the snow became slush.

The morale of the story: don't trust weather models and forecasts for the Pacific Northwest.
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