Trip: Mt.Hood - Old Chute
Arrived at Timberline lodge around 12:40, swift visit to Climbers Cave, gear check and we were on the trail head little after 1:00. The snow was soft and crampons were not needed until Crater Rock and even after that snow was very crampon friendly. The amount of people that were on the mountain was overwhelming and precautions had to be taken while on Hogsback. The Chute was backed up for 15-20 minutes at a time, and i had to witness a fellow climber tumble down, hit another climber and preform self-arrest. Scary situation.
Helmet, Trekking Poles, Crampons, Ice axe and Ice tool, no rope.
Snow was perfect, conditions superb and not a single cloud in the sky.. Put our crampons on around Crater Rock, by the time we reached Devils Kitchen people were already starting to pile up. Ditched the trekking poles and got serious for Hogsback and continued up the Old Chute route.