Vancleave Posted August 21, 2001 Share Posted August 21, 2001 I've been checking the southern Cascades board for weeks now, looking for any beta on players climbing Mt Adams. I guess they must all be south siders. Well, we went looking for a true wilderness experience and found it. This is my first year of mountain climbing and I am proud to say that the North Ridge of Adams is my third summit in 2001. The others were south side of Hood (on second try. First attempt was a whiteout), and Kautz Glacier on Rainier. Both my partner and I felt that of the three, that the Adams North Ridge was the best this year. Now, don't be fooled by that statement. This route is a rubble strewn mess. This time of year there is no snow or ice until you reach the summit ice cap and then it's a nice stroll across to the summit with no signifigant crevasses. Be advised though that quite frequently it is two steps up and one step back on the ridge. There is tremendous exposure on either side of the ridge and mistakes are not an option. We left from the incredibly beautiful alpine meadows at 7000' at 2:00 am Sunday and summitted at almost 9am. This route doesn't require an early start, as evidenced by the only other group to make the attempt on the ridge. We met them for the second time that weekend on our way down. Our first meeting was at the Killen Creek trailhead where they were making breakfast and one of the ladies offered us some pastries that really hit the spot. Thank you. One of the reasons why this is such an enjoyable route is the approach. The hike into the alpine meadows is spectacular and would be recommended just as a nice back country trip or day hike. There are several nice campsites in the meadows. I believe the one we had is the best in the area. Also, there are several decent bivy sites along the ridge if you want to lessen the distance to the summit. This is a very unstable ridge though and an earthquake or tremor could easily shake this flank loose into a lahar. We could not have gotten better weather on this trip, we had visuals all the way down to Mt Bachelor and beyond to the south and Mt Baker to the north. The only disappointment was we didn't get to see any mountain goats. One curiosity. What was the guy who built the lookout tower thinking? That thing probably still has ice in it from the first year it was built. Mt Adams has always had a magnetic pull on me and finally it got me. My next trip will be a south side ski trip. Anybody got suggestions on best time of year to shred? All in all a great experience. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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