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jfs1978

Hood snow condish...

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Anyone up higher on the mountain today/recently for a conditions report? NWAC is suggesting moderate and low. Heard a report of a couple deep layers around 5 ft that haven't set up yet though...and it ain't gettin' supercold overnight right now. Thinkin' west side.

 

Would do onsight eval...per usual...but any reports welcome.

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i went up on the normal south route on fri & sat and the snow was very loose/deep in windslab areas around crater rock/hogsback, there were a few small visible avalanches near the top esp on the west crater rim route

 

 

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Any updates from this week yet? I was up there on Saturday and it was solid ice on Palmer, horrible skiing. Any chance it will thaw out and offer some Spring skiing in the next few days?

 

-Nate

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It hit 47* at 7,000 ft yesterday. As of 10 am today it was already up to 47* at 7,000 ft.

 

With an inversion that massive everything should be pretty soft and soupy up there. Be careful of rockfall though.

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Yeah, it was warm today again. 40 in the parking lot at 4:30. Felt like a spring climb. FWIW I was going up to check out Leuthold, scrapped that with the high temps and nasty rime falling out of the sky everywhere. Headed up to the crater instead and watched a bunch of crap tinking and bashing its way down right after sunrise - mostly down the old chute - wide swaths of fist size chunks sweeping more often than looked fun to me. Scrapped that idea and decided to avoid what looked tempting around the crater rim too, for obvious reasons. Went down and took a couple pics of the Reid and Yocum. Looked good to me...but still wouldn't want to be anywhere near the bottom of those couloirs til she sheds some of the nastiness. Back in the parking lot around 10:45.

 

Couple guys headed up as I came down - and I thought I started late... Curious what they found at that late hour...

 

Solid sheet of ice and rime gargoyles everywhere above top of Palmer - more than usual for me. Yocum is of course covered. Wheeeee - have at it hardmen.

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indeed - seems like it's gonna be damn warm for the fun routes on hood - i'm reckoning on going up to the n side anyhow but figuring i might have to settle for doing the spur if shit's rattling 'round the n.f. gullies

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WageSlave, if i could get my lame-a$$ home connection to upload the pics I would have...sorry. You aren't missing much though. Cheap-ass digi-cam pics and that side of the mountain was still in shade when i was there so not much to see really. I'll upload a couple if I can get things to work though. cheers. =)

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I agree that the N. Side should be ok. Also looks like temps will drop as the week progresses. I'm heading up Saturday night, if anyone wants to join let me know. I'll make sure I get some pics showing the conditions.

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The forecast calls for an inversion (not the IPA). It will be colder in Portland the next couple of nights than up at Timberline. Very sad.

 

Night time lows

Portland

Thur 30

Fri 30

Sat 37

 

Timberline

Thur 32

Fri 32

Sat 33

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Dang it. Three days off this week and a partner available for either NF or Reid HW or whatever...just in time for the next batch of crap to move in.

 

Figures. :cry: Cragging it is. Anybody planning on heading up? I may still go if it doesn't seem to be getting too bad...but NF is probably off...

 

Just publicly b****ing and whining. Pardon my moment of weakness.

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you may have done it before, but if you haven't, just summiting via the s side, solo, in a full-on gale is a pretty stimulating experience

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heh - stimulating. :) That's about right.

 

A few whiteouts and a bit breezy...haven't been up there in anything crazy.

 

I usually decide I like a cold beer and a warm fireplace too much to go up when things get nutty up there. :brew:

 

But hell, nothing like a planned mini-epic to keep cabin fever at bay...

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i think my favorite bad-weather climb of the s side was when it was in the teens in the parking lot, winds near 50 mph at the summit, and i wore my 8000-meter-down-to-my-sasquatch-knees-mega-parka the whole day, in addition to goretex parka, fleece sweater, expedition underwear, balaclava, hat, goggles, down mitts, etc. like being inside a space-ship - very trippy!

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