Mt. Adams Climb


The #3 peak in the Cascades, after Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta, Mt. Adams stands at some 3742 m (12277 ft). As opposed to its nearby large neighbors, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood, though, people don't have a habit of dying (literally) to get to the top of Mt. Adams. I seriously wondered if my buddy would - he got to experience the joys and rigors associated with altitude sickness. He got close to babbling and slobbering, but nevertheless found the summit as well, thankfully.

We picked an inauspicious day in summer to do the deed; the weather complied with the odds, greatly in our favor. Taking the most popular route up from the south side, we made it a two-day affair. This is the most common approach, and certainly we were nothing more than mere mortal commoners. No alpinists, us. We took off from somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000ft (where we parked the car), then hiked straight up to camp at 9000ft. This was at the area known as the "Table" or "Lunch Counter" area for those one-day summiters. We summited in the morning; a loooooong descent followed.

Probably the most notable things about the slog were A) that it felt like it was 80F at the top - a RARITY when it comes to mountaintops, practically anywhere, especially in the Pacific NW - and B) my friend got altitude sickness for almost the entire section above 9000ft. Fortunately by eventually making it he allowed for me to enjoy an extended stay at the top in the meantime. There was a hut up there to check out, plus views to all the Cascade peaks with the exception of Mt. Shasta... if the weather cooperated. It did - lucky us!


Climbing, climbing... no crampons even needed, fortunately.



Life on Mars...

Summit; the Hut.


Mt. Rainier all distant-like... then a bit more up close and personal.



Mt. Hood, supposedly the model for Paramount Pictures logo...


Mt. St. Helens, which lost 2000ft in about 2 minutes....


Down, down, down...

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