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mountain goat

climbing options next week

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Hi,

I'm wondering if any of you experienced locals could give me some advice on winter climbs in this area. I grew up here in Oregon but have done most of my climbing in New England. Back for the holidays, a buddy and I had been hoping to do something on Mt. Hood with a local friend of ours, but he has since bailed. We had been thinking of doing either some mixed climbing on Illumination Rock or going for the summit via a route on the south or west side of Hood. We were looking to do something early next week, but with avy danger trending up, our local friend bailing, and our low familiarity with the area (I've done the south side Hood in June), we're having second thoughts.

 

I'm wondering what conditions tend to be like up on the south/west side of Hood and Illumination Rock this time of year. Would early next week be a bad or not fun time to go up there? Are there other winter climbing adventures in the area that would be better? Any advice would be helpful.

 

thanks

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The forecast looks wet through Wednesday. You might have a hard time seeing anything. Bring your MLU.

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this time of year is great for mt hood.

but you need to make sure conditions are really good. i wouldnt go up there for the next 10 days or so, the forecast and avi dangers looks pretty bad.

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