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[TR] Mt Adams - Adams Glacier 7/13/2013

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Trip: Mt Adams - Adams Glacier

 

Date: 7/13/2013

 

Trip Report:

Last summer I was out in the PNW for about 2 weeks and we got one sunny, rain-free day. The summer before we had to wait out the weather for a week just to get one mediocre day to go for Rainier. I damn nearly swore off the whole area but on a whim I booked a last minute trip out there for 10 days. It didn't rain once. It was a heck of a trip to say the least. First up was Adams via Adams Glacier with APE...

 

We camped out at about 7k in the meadows on 7/12 and had ourselves a lazy afternoon. That night we got up a bit on the late side and made the mistake of heading right for the route from the meadows and climbed up onto the moraine only to realize we'd have to climb down the other side. Aside from that blunder the walk up to the route was pretty mellow. When we got up into the jumbled mess 1/3 of the way up there was a way through on the climbers right which gets you more into the middle of the glacier and you can avoid climbing the vertical ice cliffs. After that it's nice climbing. Eventually we did run into a steep ramp (~50-60 deg) that had a big gap on the other side. There were some small bridges to the right that let us onto the easy upper slopes. You could see the upper glacier from there and it was cake after that. We both strongly disliked the North Ridge descent. A carspot on the south side may be in order next time...

 

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Adams Glacier

 

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Sunset from camp

 

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sun setting into clouds

 

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it's gonna be a good day...

 

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first pitch

 

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balanced block

 

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getting into the jumbled mess

 

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nice climbing above the jumbled mess

 

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toasty!

 

 

 

Gear Notes:

2 tools, handful of screws, and 3 pickets

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Nice trip report and excellent photos. Looks like it was a great climb. Glad it is not just me that dislikes the North Ridge descent, lol. Oh wait ...

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We both strongly disliked the North Ridge descent. A carspot on the south side may be in order next time...

 

What is it about North Ridge descent that is undesireable? Loose?

 

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