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Cds26

Mt Hood Conditions

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Anyone know what the conditions are like on the NF, or some of the steeper routes? South Side?

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a friend went up for some bc skiing monday around tline. said aside from the weather it was pretty lousy snow--breakable crust, mashed potatoes underneath, and icy.

 

but again thats around treeline, maybe theres some more uniform snow up higher

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I'll be going up there next weekend and then in December. I'll give u some updates and maybe some pictures. Wanna go as far up as I can. If the weathers good

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Water already gave you my synopsis from yesterday. Breakable crust over waterlogged pudding was the theme of the day. At least I wasnt working :)

 

No idea what kind of shape the upper mountain is in as conditions were so poor that we never felt the need to venture much above tree line. Nothing but whiteout suck, freezing rain and sleet at/above TLine with rain nuking everything down lower. It dumped BUCKETS as we were leaving. I'm sure that most of that rain fell as snow at the higher elevations but based on the TR posted here from last week it sounds like it fell on a thick icy layer which would make many routes nothing but a ticking time bomb. YMMV of course.

 

Also...there is a sticky at the top of The Oregon forum that deals with all things Hood. If you start a conditions conversation in there you'll likely get a few of the Hood regulars to chime in periodically.

 

 

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Thanx for all the input, kirk I can relate to at least u werent at work. I work in retail, makes thanksgiving interesting. Dchromey thatd be awesome if u posted a report, wat route were u thinking of doing?

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Thanks guys, -Whippin, glad SS was good, I rly wish I had some beta on the steeper routes though...

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awesome, im glad someone summited the reid, wow illumination sounds exciting nice work

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The Old Chute - West Crater Rim was in great skiing condition yesterday. Corned up around 1 pm. 150 ft of side slipping off the summit ridge into 6000 ft of bliss back to Timberline. Should be good all week with this weather as long as there's some sun.

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Anyone have conditions on the Reid and/or Leutholds? Was thinking about soloing one of them this weekend. How's the descent and crossing on the Reid glacier, much danger of hidden cracks for the approach to either route?

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