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[TR] Hood - West Crater Rim 3/6/2010

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Trip: Hood - West Crater Rim


Date: 3/6/2010


Trip Report:

Got to avoid some of the crowds by kicking up the West Crater Rim on Saturday. A nice variation to the SS slog, with a fun 45 degree slope to get up on the rim (maybe a 50 or so degree bulge at the end). Perhaps took us an extra hour over the normal Hogsback-Old Chute route.


Our route in red, climbers left of Crater Rock


Approaching the mini-coulior we climbed


Getting after it!


Near the Rim, Crater Rock in the background


Nice resting spot on the Rim - good views of the Upper Reid below


Looking towards the "ledge" and the Hogsback/Old Chute


Lots of climbers on the Hogsback


Looking down at our tracks from the Old Chute


Shameless summit shot



Gear Notes:

We brought a 30m rope and a couple pickets for the initial slope - not necessary for the more experienced


Approach Notes:

Any ideas on how to fall asleep while skinning up the Palmer?

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Hmmmm, for those 2 extra hours of sleep.....yeah, I'd offer a case of Black Butte for that. Anyone interested in a little extra "training" this week, between the hours of 2-4am? ;)

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I think I passed you guys on my way down from the summit as you were the only other party I saw using a rope that high. Great pics!

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What were the temps like in the 10k-summit area? Looked pretty warm in your pics and I'm wondering what kind of melt/freeze we have up there right now...

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summit and hogsback were basically windless from 10:30am-1:30-2 while we were up there. I was in my tshirt at the hogsback so i dont think it was any lower than 32 to be honest... i didn't see one iota of rime detaching--though there was a pretty decent wet slide that came out of a gulley a little to the right of pearly gates, other than that, no action. It was very mushy up there as the afternoon progressed. right now i think new snow is getting deposited over that stuff..

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We did some test profiles on the east aspect of hogsback, CT 22s/23s Q2/3 at about 60cm.


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