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Feb 15, 2013, Mt Hood, Ski Circumnavigation
« on: 02/18/13, 05:18 PM »

Trip: Mt Hood - Ski Circumnavigation

Date: 2/15/2013

Trip Report:
On the 15th of February under bluebird skies, E. Linck and I made a circumnavigation of Mt Hood on skis at roughly the 8000' level. Mr Linck knows a little something about volcalo circumnavigations as the current record holder for circumnavigating Mt Ranier's wonderland trail unsupported (running for 27 hrs?  Please.) and I know a little bit about skiing and glaciers.  It was a good team for the task.



As previously reported, conditions were ideal for distance travel, if not for skiing.  The turns were good on the Reid glacier, but the stiff surface made for quick travel. 

We made the circumnavigation (10.8 mi, ~7200') in 08:00:28.

This is an amazing way to spend the day and see aspects of the mountain that you would never otherwise see.



TR and Photographs

Route Beta.

This trip opened my eyes to the adventure that is available to us locally.  So many people climb the South side of Hood and think that they've been there done that.  The South side is a good place to learn some skills, but Hood would be a really boring mountain if that's all there was to it. 

This probably applies to our other local destinations.  What else is being ignored?  Get after it.

Gear Notes:
Skinny skis, nylon skins, wish we had ski crampons, which would have taken off more than 1 hr.

Didn't rope for skiing on glaciers. Roped on the Ladd glacier when walking.  Fast-walked through serac zones.

Approach Notes:
1:35 to I-rock from the parking lot. Our approach was light and as fast as possible.  Go slow to go fast.
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Re: Feb 15, 2013, Mt Hood, Ski Circumnavigation
« Reply #1 on: 02/18/13, 05:31 PM »

Hell yeah!
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Re: Feb 15, 2013, Mt Hood, Ski Circumnavigation
« Reply #2 on: 02/18/13, 07:47 PM »

nice work! and great write-up!
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Re: Feb 15, 2013, Mt Hood, Ski Circumnavigation
« Reply #3 on: 02/19/13, 08:55 AM »

Awesome TR easy to read and follow. Thanks for the beta too!  Any concern about crevasses?  Close calls?
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Re: Feb 15, 2013, Mt Hood, Ski Circumnavigation
« Reply #4 on: 02/19/13, 11:14 AM »

Fantastic trip report and photos.  Wink
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Re: Feb 15, 2013, Mt Hood, Ski Circumnavigation
« Reply #5 on: 02/19/13, 08:45 PM »

Great use of a high pressure day!
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Re: Feb 15, 2013, Mt Hood, Ski Circumnavigation
« Reply #6 on: 02/20/13, 02:50 PM »

Any concern about crevasses?  Close calls?

Cracks were filled in well and with a stiff snow surface, I didn't ever feel iffy. We had a 35 m 7mm cord, 1 ice screw, and materials for a guarda hitch and haul. I know the rescue bizness, so ethan the crevasse poodle went first. :-)
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Re: Feb 15, 2013, Mt Hood, Ski Circumnavigation
« Reply #7 on: 02/20/13, 05:04 PM »

Excellent adventure!
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