Ascent of Mount Hood on 2009-06-09

Climber: Marlin Thorman

Others in Party:Trisha Thorman
Mariah Gage
Sandy White
Timothy Workman
Date:Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Hood
    Elevation:11239 ft / 3425 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mount Hood Base Camp on Palmer Glacier
So we got a late start. Didn’t leave Timberline parking lot until 5:45pm instead of 4pm! As a result we didn’t get to our campsite on the Palmer Glacier until around 9pm or 9:30pm after dark. Made things a bit interesting. We started hiking in the clouds and after an hour it got worse and visibility became only about 200 feet. Then around the 8,000 ft. mark we hiked right out of the tops of the clouds! It was truly amazing. Hood was bathed in the late evening light and just looked awesome. As we arrived at camp the moon just barely rose over the eastern horizon. It was a full moon and looked sweet. The stairs were out in full force and we didn’t really need any artificial light.

Timberline Parking Lot
It was perfect weather and perfect conditions too! Got up and left just before 5am. It was beautiful hiking and we made good time. Passed Devil’s Kitchen at 10,200 ft and then up to the Hogsback. There we decided to rope up for the last steep headwall. It really wasn’t that bad and I normally would not have roped up but we had several new people who felt more comfortable being roped. Anyway made it up to the top just before 8am. It was great, hard-packed, crunchy snow/ice the whole way. It took just about 3 hours which was also good time. After half an hour we headed back down. The steep headwall seemed to take forever, but after that things sped up with lots of glissading. Got back to camp around 10:30am and lazed around before packing up. It was a beautiful hike with great weather.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5329 ft / 1624 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Hogsback, South Side
    Trailhead:Timberline Lodge  5910 ft / 1801 m
    Grade/Class:Grade I, Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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