20090324 Climb Mt. Hood in May!

mt hood / photo / summitpost.com

I've got a great opportunity for everyone - come climb or ski Mt. Hood in May!  This mountain is the highest point in Oregon (11,239 ft / 3426 m).  This mountain isn't a "walk-up", it is a great introduction to glacier mountaineering and ski mountaineering.  This was Patsy's first ski mountaineering trip back in 2004!

A rough itinerary looks like this:
Day One - glacier travel, arrest, and crevasse rescue training.  If you're booking a ski mountaineering trip, we'll also do a short tour and descent to do a warm-up and gear check.
Day Two - meet a Snow Cat at early in the morning to drive to the top of the ski area (saving several hours of trudging), climb to the summit and descend by foot or by ski.

hogback and pearly gates / south side route
photo / summitpost.com

The route climbed will depend on the skills of the climbers, the method of descent, and the weather conditions that day.  We have the choice between a classic glacier route up the South Side or more technical routes such as the West Crater Rim, Leuthold Couloir or the Wy'East Glacier.

A perfect way to finish a climb on Mt. Hood is a dayor two climbing the sunny and warm rock at Smith Rock State Park.  Think about extending your adventure and finish it with a cold beer from the Deshutes brewery pub in Bend!
entrance to leuthold couloir / photo / summitpost.com

The Dirty Details
One person - $880.00
Two or three - $505.00 per person

These rates are only for two day programs - longer trips are available if you ask.  They are private rates:  I do not add people to trips to increase my profit margin, I don't "match-make" to create a larger group of climbers, and I do think that a group of friends climb better then a group of strangers.  These rates do not include lodging, breakfasts, and dinners.  They do include lunch and group technical equipment.  If you want to overnight on the mountain let me know with your booking - this may/may not effect the rate.

You will be expected to provide you own helmet, harness, boots, crampons, and ice axe/ice tools, packs and appropriate clothing (a gear list is provided).  For ski mountaineering, you will also need your own skis with randonee or telemark bindings, ski crampons, boots, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe.  I can help with getting some of this equipment if you need one or two pieces.

I am able to offer these trips only through co-operation with Timberline Mountain Guides, who possess the permits to operate on Mt. Hood.  My rates - since I'm visiting and offering private trips - are a hair higher to reflect exclusive services and my travel and lodging costs.

I'm currently booked the following dates:
11-12 May
15-16 May
I'm available for the 13-14th and any dates after the 16th.