Ascent of Mount Hood on 2010-07-04

Climber: Paul Barish

Date:Sunday, July 4, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hood
    Elevation:11239 ft / 3425 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first big icy mountain climb and it was amazing. I summited with the team led by Timberline Mountain Guides and it was a beautiful climb, with ideal snow conditions and great weather. We got an early start from the timberline lodge at 11:30PM where we then caught snow cat to about 8,000 feet where we then hiked to the hogs back at 10,500 feet. My dad had to turn around here because he was not in shape for this climb and had just decided at the last minute to join the team. I said goodbye and then the remaining climbers roped up and took out our axes. The terrain got steeper untill we were doing some real climbing on pretty steep snow. We got to the summit at 5:30 at the same time as the sun. The guides let me lead the decent down the steep parts which was really cool. We finished the long slog back to the lodge at around 9:30. I felt proud when I arived at the bottom and one pf the guides invited me on a guided expedition to Nepal's Ama Dablam in October! I knew I could niether afford it nor get out of school but I felt proud that I performed well enough on my first glacial climb to be invited to the Himilaya! One day I'll take them up on that offer though.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide
Ascent Statistics
    Route:South Face Hogsback
Descent Statistics

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