Ascent of Mount Hood on 2013-05-04

Climber: MB Hansen

Others in Party:Mr. Wymore
Date:Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hood
    Elevation:11239 ft / 3425 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another of the many excellent adventures with Jobe Wymore. With permits secured, we left the Timberline parking area at around 3:30am and headed up the ski lift route. A rather strong east wind cast a shadow of trepidation over the possibility of a successful ascent. We made pretty good time, as the snow conditions allowed for a favorable pace. Arriving at the Hogsback at the first light of dawn, we could see that the bergschrund would be no obstacle; it was barely discernible and could be easily stepped over. But a rather large, car-sized ice boulder sat in the way of the better Pearly Gate route. If that thing decided to dislodge itself, things could get dicey. We opted for the Old Chute, going unroped and climbing easily in the near-perfect footing for crampons and axe. A couple of sections required front-pointing. From the top of the Old Chute, it was a short, enjoyable ridge walk to the summit. Didn't stay long because of the gale-force wind. In spite of that, a very pleasant day.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons

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