Ascent of Mount Adams on 2011-08-01

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:James R
Date:Monday, August 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Elevation:12276 ft / 3741 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used the 'winter' route (lower Suksdorf Ridge) rather than the more typical August route which goes to the west of the Crescent Glacier (our route in 2010) because this was such a heavy snow year. We used one of the existing stone walls at the 'Lunch Counter' and leveled out the snow for camp.

There was lightning visible in three different areas far in the distance, and the stars were out in force!

On day 2 we left camp a little after 6am, which seemed to be about the average for the climbers that day. There were excellent steps in the snowfield below Pikers' Peak, and we took it slow and steady to avoid a repeat of the AMS which foiled our first attempt.

We poked around on the summit and then Pikers' Peak afterward, waiting for the snow to soften up a bit for glissading. We were able to use the superb glissade chutes to rip off a very fast glissade dropping back to lunch counter from Piker's in perhaps 10 minutes. By using our 'glissade rugs' on excellent snow conditions, we were able to attain speeds well over 20mph! Because of how entrenched the chutes were it was pretty easy to keep it under control, even at fairly high speed. We made it all the way down the snowfield to Lunch Counter and were at our tent a few hundred yards later. From then it was lunch and repacking for the hike to the TH, with a few short glissades interspersed.

3 hrs from TH to camp
4 hrs from camp to summit
1:15 from summit to camp (sitting glissade below Piker's Peak)
2 hrs from camp to TH

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6976 ft / 2125 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6976 ft / 2125 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6826 ft / 2080 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6676 ft / 2035 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:south route
    Start Trailhead:Cold Springs CG  5600 ft / 1706 m
    Time:7 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6826 ft / 2080 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 6676 ft / 2035 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    End Trailhead:Cold Springs CG  5600 ft / 1706 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes

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