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Hood via Hogsback and Rainier via Tahoma in Aug?

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Some climber friends and I from New England

are planning on visiting the cascades for a

week of climbing in the middle of August.

Currently we are bandying about which

routes to tackle, and two that we are

looking at are the Palmer Glacier/Hogsback

route up Mt. Hood, and the Tahoma glacier

route up Mt. Rainier.


Has anybody ever climbed these in mid-Aug?

Are they do-able at that time? If so, what

are the glacier surface conditions like?

I.e., is there sufficient snow cover on

top so that you can still navigate across

them easily, or are the crevasses so opened

up by that time that you have an impossible

route-finding nightmare?




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The Tahoma Glacier route notoriously melts out very early and I suspect that by August it will not be in good shape for an ascent due to the open crevasses.

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