Mount Hood:


July 2011


The Plan

This itinerary might vary some from actual. We have allowed time for weather, group acclimatization and varying plans and routes.  The Sisters access and actual trip will be snowpack dependent.  We will work to maximize our mountain time.

June 12-20

June 12 – Day one
Pick up everyone at Portland Airport 1pm.
Stop at Portland REI for any gear rental (such as boots) or last minute gear purchase.
Stop for dinner en-route (could also cook in camp)
Drive to climbers bivouac camp on Mount St. Helens

Meal – Dinner out or in camp

June 13 – Day two
Climb to the rim of Mount St. Helens (8365’) via Monitor Ridge Route (Appx. 8-12 hrs)
Camp at bivouac camp again

Meal – Breakfast at camp, Lunch on trail, dinner at camp

June 14 – Day three
Travel to 3 Sisters Wilderness Area – Hike in.

Meal – Breakfast at camp, Lunch on trail, dinner on trail.

June 15 – Day four
Attempt to summit and traverse peaks.
Return to camp

June 16 – Day five
Rest Day

June 17 – Day six
Head to Mt. Hood.
Camp near Illumination Rock

June 18 – Day seven
Attempt summit (11,243)
Return to base

June 19 – Day eight
Drive to Portland, rest and recover. This is also our weather window day.

Meal – Big dinner in town to celebrate. We’ve earned it.

June 20 – Day nine
Departure from Portland Airport


The Crew



Weather patterns at Mount Hood are strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean, elevation, and latitude. The climate is generally cool and rainy, with summer highs in the 60s and 70s. While July and August are the sunniest months of the year, rain is possible any day, and very likely in spring, fall, and winter.

Visitors should be aware that mountain weather is very changeable. Wet, cold weather can occur anytime of the year. Although late-July and August are generally the driest and warmest time of the year, summer can also be wet and cool. Snow will remain at the 5,000 to 8,000 feet elevation well into mid-July.

Hikers and mountain climbers should be prepared for changing weather. Pay attention to weather forecasts, both one day and long range, avalanche warnings, and special weather alerts. Have extra clothing, rain gear, and a tent for protection against storms anytime of the year. Know the weather forecast and plan your trip accordingly.

Gear List

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We will have 2 smaller rental cars for this trip to haul us around.  Our goal is to fit all of this in so don't overpack. Also, whenever possible bring soft sided items such as duffles.  No external frame backpacks or suitcases.

Sleeping Gear:

Technical Gear:

Head Gear: (no, not braces)

Extremities Gear:

Core Gear:

Leg Gear:

Other gear to have:



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