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Charlie Hagedorn

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June 8, 2007 - Mt. Adams - South Spur
« on: 06/09/07, 06:40 AM »

Quick TR for now, hopefully embellished with photos in the future: Played hooky from work to catch the Friday weather window. Parked at the snow "closure" ~2 miles from the trailhead that my Escort couldn't get through (at 1 am Friday morning),  but can now (anything with any extra clearance got through easily to the trailhead).  Left the car at 3:30 am. Ascent went relatively easily, if slowly due to the elevation above 10k or so - only about ten people on the mountain - almost all of them climbing/skiing alone. Crampons made the ascent happy. Topped out at 12:47. Skied off the summit somewhat later (~1:30?). The upper chutes coming off the summit were littered with big (~12" diameter) chickenheads. A skier climbing up as I descended was convinced that I wouldn't be able to ski it.  I did  Grin (the surfaces of the chickenheads had softened in the sun). The descent from Piker's Peak alternated heavenly corn and well-softened crusty icy stuff. Super fun. Missed my planned route toward South Butte in the clouds, so I followed the more standard route down. The Crescent Glacier is dirty, runneled, and holy. I marveled at the fresh tracks that others had put in on its surface as I pursued an alternate (boots were involved) way down. I followed some astute looking older ski tracks into an enjoyable maze of linked-patch skiing most of the way back to the trailhead. The links between many of the patches won't survive the weekend (indeed, some were already absent.... )  Quite a few folks came up for a Saturday climb - I hope the weather holds out!

Lots o' fun, I can't wait to get back and ski the SW chutes.

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« Last Edit: 06/10/07, 07:31 AM by trumpetsailor » Logged


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Re: June 8, 2007 - Mt. Adams - South Spur
« Reply #1 on: 06/09/07, 09:38 AM »

Great to see someone else took advantage of the weather window. Big day ! 

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Re: June 8, 2007 - Mt. Adams - South Spur
« Reply #2 on: 06/09/07, 05:11 PM »

Good job.  NPL represents. Wink
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