This three day instructional climb introduces you to the proper use of an ice axe and crampons and the joys of summiting a glaciated dormant volcano. At 12,276 ft. Mount Adams is Washington's second highest peak, and is situated in a remote wilderness.
This climb is open to all physically fit enthusiastic novices, beginners or advanced beginners. However, prior experience with backpacking and camping is highly recommended. Climbers will be expected to train for the climb and be able to carry a 50+ lbs. pack for extended periods.Cost of airfare to Portland not included. All group equipment, tents, breakfasts and dinners will be provided.Climbers provide their own personal gear, however, let us know if you need assistance.
Arrive to Portland, Team Dinner.
Drive to trail head. Climbers will carry full kit, including tents and sleeping bags to high camp at the "Lunch Counter" at 9,250 feet over the course of five or six hours. We'll set up tents and then spend a few hours learning the proper use of ice axes as well as practicing self-arrest techniques.
During the pre-dawn hours we climb the snow and ice slopes from our high camp to the false summit, Piker's Peak, at 11,657 ft. Then we continue on to the true summit. Views include Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Hood.Conditions permitting, the return to camp may include the opportunity to glissade, which is a controlled slide on your feet or butt. It's an alternative to down-climbing using other techniques such as plunge stepping and can be a thrilling way to descend.
From camp, we'll hike out for a celebratory team meal (and beer) in Portland. People can jump on a Red-Eye or spend the night in town.