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Nolan E Arson

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  1. [TR] Mt Hood - Cathedral Ramp - FA 04/17/2021

    For EHW, here’s a shot of @ktarry heading out on our third pitch (of four). The exit chimney is visible above. This is also the exit taken by others (notably @ACosta and @bedellympian) in recent CC reports.
  2. [TR] Mt Hood - Cathedral Ramp - FA 04/17/2021

    Hilarity always ensues when you surprise the crowds on top. @The Real Nick Sweeneypulling over with an audience: And @ktarry breaking trail on the direct cornice move:
  3. [TR] Mt Hood - Cathedral Ramp - FA 04/17/2021

    Great day out! Big fun exploring the mountain in perfect conditions with fantastic company. Thanks @zaworotiuk for yet another day of both mountain fun and mountain “fun”. Really great to meet you again, @The Real Nick Sweeney! And what a cool way to finally meet you, @ktarry! Big thanks for the bonus round on the Eliot HW.
  4. [TR] Wyeast (Mt. Hood) - Linkup 04/11/2021

    Awesome! Incredible work.
  5. [TR] Mt Hood - Cathedral Ridge 04/03/2021

    Strong work! What a great solo day out on the lonely side of the mountain. And it sounds like the conditions were keeping you on your toes. Thanks for the great info—you’ve got me psyched to go explore this route.
  6. Nice work! I enjoyed your trip report. Haha, caveat emptor to those who follow the steps of @zaworotiuk! I’m going to try your tool/picket combo the next time I find myself doing battle with the steep sugar snow.
  7. [TR] Mt Hood - DKH- Elliot HW linkup 04/03/2021

    Very nice! Great shots as well. Way to get creative and get the twofer. I’m with you, the alpine cragging possibilities on Hood are fantastic. (I think we were synced up on most of the approach to the DKH. Dropping back into the crater I tried to get a shot of you in the route, but my shitty old iphone gave me a blur.) Also, I was booting Saturday so my own walk of shame went all the way back to the car, haha.
  8. [TR] Mt Hood - Black Spider - Center Drip 03/17/2021

    Slightly wider shot, worse lighting—probably not super helpful:
  9. [TR] Mt Hood - Black Spider - Center Drip 03/17/2021

    Glad we could get this done, @zaworotiuk! Thanks for writing up another TR of our climbs. And thanks, @wayne for all of your pioneering. What a fantastic route in an intimidating setting; it felt bigger than Mount Hood. Haha, maybe 10, but you do all the trip report heavy-lifting, so I think we’re even! I agree that although the climbing was never that hard, the generally thin conditions we went up in often made for tricky tool placements. But the moves never felt desperate, just very engaging. And the exposed rocks were consistently “unhelpful.” All part of the fun—like the streams of spindrift that would flow down, get caught in the wind, then blast back uphill and into your hood and face. A novel experience!
  10. Nice work! It was cool to run into you yesterday on the way back down to the Palmer. I feel your pain on the Wy’East ridge traverse. It’s spectacularly beautiful up there, but it seems like it’s always a longer and deeper slog than it looks to get to the gendarme——a slog punctuated with the occasional adrenaline surge as hollow snow over a steam vent collapses and you take a mini ride.
  11. Alpine cragging on a beautiful sunny day—gotta love Mount Hood! Only one other party of two made it to the crater on 2.28. Not sure what happened to everyone else, but we weren’t complaining!
  12. Thanks for the great write up, Matt. And thanks for suggesting we check out these lines. The climbing on both routes was sustained, engaging, and surprising secure—mostly. Both routes are great diversions from the standard, documented lines up to the Wy’East ridge, but ”Flying Buttress Direct” is particularly striking. Given the right rime conditions, I think the route is potentially the best on the south side of the mountain. Just don’t bank on abundant protection. Here’s an annotated shot from the Hogsback (taken 3.3.21) that shows the routes from a different perspective:
  13. MT. Hood Conditions update

    Nice—thanks for the comprehensive report, Bob! The gully conditions look fantastic! 10 days ago it was mostly wading and battling the spindrift firehose between steps. Still good fun, but now it looks like it should. How was the bergschrund crossing?
  14. Wy'East Gear and Experience Requirements: Should I climb it?

    While much of the Wy’East route is essentially just walking up a long snow slope with an axe and crampons, the crux is often very exposed and can involve some actual climbing and committing moves to get around the rocky gendarme—whichever way you go. Bailing from here means either walking all the way back down the way you came, or rapping down the second variation of the Devil’s Kitchen Headwall or down Flying Buttress. (Sometimes both are down-climbable, but there are often undercut rime steps.) One reasonable alternative might be to climb up Flying Buttress, as it can be quite moderate when conditions are right, and a picket or two might offer you a chance to protect or build a belay anchor. Then you would have a familiar descent route ready if you don’t like the gendarme.
  15. Beta on Hood south side/old chute

    Did a quick lap up this week (July 22). The bergshrund is quite open, as one would expect this late in the season, but easy to end run to climber’s right. Both left and right gates are pretty crappy. Expect a steepish mix of hard ice, shitty soft late season snow, and flowing water. Lots of gravel and small rocks litter the surface. You would not want to linger here. I didn’t see the Old Chute or Mazama Chutes up close.
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