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Adam Ox

[TR] Mt Hood - Pearly Gates 5/20/2011

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Trip: Mt Hood - Pearly Gates

 

Date: 5/20/2011

 

Trip Report:

Friday was a busy day on mt hood. my girlfriend Christie and my friend mike and i were on the hogsback around 5:30am and there were already 20 climbers on the old chute and a few more had gone through the gates. we decided to go for the gates to avoid the crowds and i was immediately glad of our decision. conditions were perfect going up through the gates and we had the route all to our selves. we used two tools and decided not to rope up as the slope felt really solid and the extra tool wasn't even really needed. we had a nice summit with 4 or 5 other climbers. by the time we headed down there were lots of people coming up the chute as well as the gates so we decided to go down the chute to avoid bottle necks and kicking chunks onto people who were clearly not comfortable being up there. Hood is such a beautiful summit and this time of year you just have to get up there really early to avoid problems with overcrowding. [img:center]http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/500/thumbs/PearlyGates5.jpg[/img] [img:center]http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/500/thumbs/PearlyGates2.jpg[/img] [img:center]http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/500/thumbs/PearlyGates1.jpg[/img]

[img:center]http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/500/thumbs/PearlyGates8.jpg[/img]

 

Gear Notes:

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