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Climbing Hood

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We are three beginner climbers trying to climb Mt. Hood on Thursday night. Wondering what everyone thinks about the conditions for summitting early Friday morning?

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There are some good talks in the Oregon Forum list about what things are like. You can also find some current pics of the upper section in the Main forum and the Oregon forum.

Just watch the weather, mainly the temps and sunrise time, and plan accordingly. It seems a lot of ice was coming down this weekend, which makes sense because freezing levels went up to like 12 or 13k over the weekend; so bring a helmet (duhh).

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Don't hang out on the summit and let the warm sun catch you. Most accidents happen in the afternoon when things are thawing.

I try to be out of the avy chutes and out from under potentially falling cornices and the like by 1PM.

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Wind brings in the warmer air, and thus increases the rockfall/icefall potential. Starting late at night (10:30pm) would be advised - especially for a party of three - to keep you climbing in the coldest temps possible. The temps are starting to increase early in the morning so the more time you give yourselves the better your chances. Careful around crater rock! Good luck and be safe!

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