Title: April 27, 2015, Mt. Hood, Sunshine route
Post by: mntnmanga on 05/03/15, 06:06 PM
I attempted a solo run of the sunshine route Monday morning and unfortunately didn't make it past unstable snow above the Elliot glacier and below snow dome. The Elliot glacier had 2 visible open cracks where I crossed but was overall safe and straight forward. The unstable snow started as you climb up from the Elliot glacier towards snow dome. There was about a 1" frozen crust followed by 14" of loose wet snow sitting on a slab. I was postholing up the snow slope until I started hearing crackling noises and decided to turn around. I had been told by some elder climbers that these lower slopes don't ever slide but there are dangerous slopes just above snow dome that do slide regularly. I didn't want to risk moving any further though.
I am going to make another attempt at this climb a little later in the season after that slope consolidates. I'm always open to climbing partners.