Ascent of Mount Hood on 2020-05-24
|Date:||Sunday, May 24, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11239 ft / 3425 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted from tilly Jane TH to our bivy spot just below snow dome. There are some cracks with a thin snow layer on the Elliott glacier crossing. Be careful right now.
For the ascent, we went up 2 narrow sn'ice gullies at approximately 60 degrees up to queens chair/cathedral Ridge after snow dome. The normal sunshine route (which goes to climbers right of our route) had a bergschrund opening which gave us pause. Our variation was quite a bit of fun: great sticks!
Descended via the Coe glacier back to our bivy spot. Unfortunately, we had to traverse the largest avalanche debris field I've ever seen crossing from the Coe back to snow dome. The snow was super soft and sticky: I had to stop every 5 steps or so to clear basketball sized chunks of snow off of my crampons, which led us to remove them. Fun glissade from snow dome back to camp, and then an uneventful but very hot hike back out to the cars.
On our way back, we stopped at hood river which had restaurants open! It was nice to actually sit in a restaurant with friends and enjoy a meal and beers for the first time since the corona-geddon struck.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Ice Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Bivouac|
| Route:||Sunshine Route (variation: name unknown?) |
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