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[TR] Mt Hood - Cooper Spur from Timberline Lodge 02/27/2020

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Trip: Mt Hood - Cooper Spur from Timberline Lodge

Trip Date: 02/27/2020

Trip Report:

Followed https://caltopo.com/m/15S0

10:40 climber’s lot
12:30 top of palmer
1:20 headed down white river canyon
4:45 on spur
6:00 just below chimneys
7:50 summit

Traverse between the bottom of White River Canyon to half way through the rocky section between it and the Newton Clark had embedded chucks of ice in a crust of ice and compacted snow. Used tools where I expected instead to make quick progress canning over. Luckily it was firm to sinking only a couple inches on the Newton Clark.

The ramp up to the spur was very gradual and no ice at all on the spur. Waited around for daylight before heading up. Nothing was coming down from above which was nice. Mostly firm snow on the spur but unconsolidated fluff near and through the chimneys, worst 20 feet before the exit / where the grade eases up, maybe 1.5 feet deep. No cornice over the summit. Down climbed the Old Chute.

 

Images https://imgur.com/gallery/t3DYo6C

Gear Notes:
Helmet, axe, tools, crampons

Approach Notes:
Chewed up cat snow to top of Palmer, crap on White River, nice on Newton Clark.
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Thank you for sharing your TR.  Did you have a good look at the Black Spider lines?  Is there any ice on the face?  

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Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it much at all, it must have been around 3:45 AM that I passed that area.

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