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[TR] Mount Hood - Cooper Spur 3/19/2010

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Trip: Mount Hood - Cooper Spur

 

Date: 3/19/2010

 

Trip Report:

Tom and I thought about checking out the Black Spider area so we planned a jaunt from Timberline Lodge around the east side to have a look. We made our bivy hotel with the best window view anyone could get.

 

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We planned to wake up at 0300 on the 19th and get moving by 0400. However, we didn't get moving until 0430 because room service was a little slow making the hot chocolate.

 

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Approaching the black spider

 

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Thinking about doing something here but deciding it was too warm.

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Climbing the Cooper Spur instead and wallowing in the sugar.

 

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We descended the south side back to our stash and I had one hell of a fast ski descent down from the top of the palmer.

 

Some skiers at the Hogsback hooked me up with some extra water...if you read this thank you.

 

All in all it was a great trip except for the sugar wallow.

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About 3 hours and the snowpack was solid until just before the Black Spider Cirque then it got soft. A bit shorter then the Tilly Jane TH. And after you get up top your car is nicely parked on the Southside.

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That does sound like a nice way around to the CS route.

 

So where about did you cross over the White River glacier/canyon? I assume you climbed higher than your bivy and then moved east? At about what elevation was that? Crevasses?

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We dropped into the White River about level with the base of the Steel Cliffs and contoured around and out onto the Wy'East Face maintaining roughly 9200 - 9500 in elevation. We did descend a bit approaching the Black Spider area but not much. All the crevasses were covered except for the main Berg on the Newton Clark.

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Great Pics ! Sounds like a long day on the Spur.

 

You can also cross the WRC at 6,100', just right of the Silcox Hut. Fewer crevasses :-)

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You can thank Mr. Tom Hanlon for the pics...he had a nice compact Canon G11 at the ready on his hip....while I had a Canon 40D stuffed into my pack...I need to devise get a better carry system...

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