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Offline Rob

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Checked off Mount Hood!
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:13:41 PM »
Took advantage of this weather to get up Mount Hood yesterday.  Great day to be out!  We did the Palmer Glacier Route and went up "the old chute".  Temps in the 30's most of the time.  Ice fall was a real concern so we did a 3:30 am start from our camp at 9,200 feet.  We arrived right at sunrise.

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 02:16:45 PM »
Congrats, looks like a great view.
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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2015, 02:17:39 PM »
Wow. That's really cool. How long did it take?

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 02:29:02 PM »
We were all a little out of shape so we were slow.

We went from the parking lot at timberline (5,945) to our camp (9,200) in about 3.5 hours.  from there we made camp and crashed. 

We were boots on trail at 3:50 and hit the summit at 7:10. so 3:20 min.  Total Time up was just under 7 hours.  down time was only like 2.5 hours, not including a short lunch break and time to take down our camp.

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 02:35:37 PM »
were most people going up the "old chute" or through the "pearly gates", and what pitch is the old chute aprox, I am planning on going next month, I have not done Hood

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 04:06:14 PM »
most folks were doing old chute which is the route we took.  I did not measure the pitch, but my guess is that it was 45 +/- 2 degrees.  some were saying it was 50, however I did 50 at Shasta last year and that was much steeper than this was.

The folks we talked to who did Pearly gates said it was steep and icy.  They were talking about 50 feet of clear water ice.  The bergschrund on the hogsback was closed.  I assume it will open up early given the low snow year so you may want to hit it ASAP.

My advice would be to get an alpine start and try to be on the summit as the sun rises.  Any later and you may be at risk for significant icefall.  We saw some big ice falls on the slopes to our east as it warmed up around 9 or 10 am.

good luck!
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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 04:14:05 PM »
Congrats  :tup:

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2015, 09:05:56 AM »
Who's the guy in the picture? Is that you or a climbing partner? He looks a LOT like a guy I know and have climbed with.

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2015, 09:17:32 AM »
Really cool pictures. Well done, thanks.
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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2015, 09:28:14 AM »
Nice view. Congrats to you and your team.
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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2015, 10:24:09 PM »
Who's the guy in the picture? Is that you or a climbing partner? He looks a LOT like a guy I know and have climbed with.

That handsome guy is me.
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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2015, 01:06:58 AM »
Congrats! A great accomplishment!
I felt like a one legged cat trying to bury a terd on a frozen pond!

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2015, 05:06:08 AM »
Nice pics atleast your not one of those peak baggers. :chuckle:

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2015, 06:45:08 PM »
Who's the guy in the picture? Is that you or a climbing partner? He looks a LOT like a guy I know and have climbed with.

That handsome guy is me.

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Re: Checked off Mount Hood!
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2015, 05:49:35 PM »
Very very cool, way to go. :tup:

 


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