Mt Hood Climbing Conditions - July 28th, 2010

posted Jul 30, 2010, 11:44 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 29, 2011, 6:07 PM ]
Couple updates to the Climbing Conditions section:

There is good snow coverage from the snow cat parking area to the summit. The cat parking is located a quarter mile up from the main parking lot. When you leave either parking area, please use the climbers trail to the east to avoid resort operations. We are in a spring cycle, melting during the day, and freezing up at night. Later in the day there is a large amount of Ice and Rock fall. This ice and rock fall is mostly confined to the upper parts of the mountain. On July10 there was a good size avalanche out of the old chute area. The avalanche had a two foot crown, a ten foot debris pile, it ran about two hundred yards. The Brergchrund on the Hogs Back is open, this is not interfering with most climbers climb, because everyone is climbing the old chute route. On the summit ridge, after you reach the top of the old chute route. (Don't climb out onto the large overhanging cornice!) Be aware as you traverse towards the true summit, there is a two foot wide section of the ridge, this is the crux of the climb. To one side of the ridge there is a 2000 foot drop and on the other side is 150 “footer”. So, if you haven't used a rope up to this point, you should think about pulling one out. Be aware of your surroundings, we are experiencing a high volume of climbers at this time.

Full report can be found here.