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Early August Hood routes

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I'll be taking the family camping around the Mt. Hood area the second week of August and am looking for recommendations for a one-day ascent of Hood. It will be my wife and I doing the climb (while the grandparents watch our kids.)

 

I have done the south chute and Leuthold Coulour, both much earlier in the season. Is the south chute still doable? Does it turn into an ice climb: screws, tools and rope? (that's not a big deal, I am just asking so I know what gear to bring down on the camping trip.)

 

Any other routes that I should consider?

 

thanks

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I just climbed Hood on Saturday via Old Chute. It was my first time on the mountain so I'm not familiar with other routes. We roped up after the Devil's Kitchen and put in a fixed line for the last ~100 feet just before the knife ridge as it was near vertical. I'd bring protection.

 

The knife ridge wasn't bad, mix of snow and rock.

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Thanks. I have never climbed it this late in the season. I'll bring my tools and screws. Worst that can happen is its too icy, and we hike back down, still getting out on a mountain and some good exercise.

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august is a crap month for fucking around on hood but...if ya gotta...go play on the north side - ice crag n' spelunk on the elliot or see if you can make the sunshine route go or maybe the cooper spur

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I agree with Ivan August is not a great month. I am not even sure how good Cooper Spur would be as one would probably be on a bit of rock in places.

 

You are close enough to pick better conditions. Take kids and grandparents for a hike to some of cool places around the hill.

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Worst that can happen is

 

You and your wife get killed by rockfall. August is not the time to be heading for the summit of Hood if you're a parent. Sorry to be blunt, but pick something else.

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i will 2nd/3rd/4th this.. I mean I stop climbing in May because the mountain starts to open up and unload more, and I've been playing on it all winter. But when I'm seeing these TRs for southside for late July and people talking about climbs in weeks ahead it's kinda 'wtf' - this mountain gets gross and done up high. there are greener climbing pastures to be had elsewhere.

 

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i will 2nd/3rd/4th this.. I mean I stop climbing in May because the mountain starts to open up and unload more, and I've been playing on it all winter. But when I'm seeing these TRs for southside for late July and people talking about climbs in weeks ahead it's kinda 'wtf' - this mountain gets gross and done up high. there are greener climbing pastures to be had elsewhere.

 

Thanks all. This is exactly the beta I was looking for. Firsthand knowledge of the late-season route. I appreciate it. We will go look for something else.

 

Now, any recommendations fun technical (or semi-technical) route near the Hood area for a party of three. I don't get down to that area often (Except to climb at Smith), so it would be fun to bag a peak while I am down there.

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Just drove thru and camped in town of Sisters and middle peak looked like a good walk up with lot of snow still. North peak probably not good this late.

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