I'm trying to get into mountain climbing. I'm a very experienced hiker, and have been doing many hikes (back country) over the past 14 years. I was wondering if Mt. Hood was a reasonable first summit for mountain climbing? From what I have read, it is a pretty easy climb with very little gear required (except for crampons). The south side seems to be very do-able and I wanted to attempt it this weekend. Please let me know what you think. And please give any advice for a newbie that is just starting to climb (places to go and things to do). Thank you.