Climb Mt. Hood
Have you ever heard of the Pearly Gates? Do you want to go there this summer? Here is how!
For many years, the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer has started the season on majestic Mount Hood. Mount Hood towers over the Oregon landscape in the same way Mount Rainier dominates Seattle.
It is a unique mountain experience in that rather than acclimating in a tent on the side of a mountain; you spend your time training right outside of Timberline Lodge. On the night or your summit attempt, you will be warm, dry and really well fed tucked inside historic Silcox Hut, about 1,000 feet above Timberline Lodge. Around midnight you’ll be transported by snow cat up to the top of the Palmer Chairlift in the Mt. Hood Ski Area where you’ll begin your climb to the summit. You will be wearing only a light backpack.
Mount Hood is led by long time Climb to Fight Breast Cancer supporter and mountain guide Doug Ironside. Doug and his team have taken care of Climb to Fight Breast Cancer teams year after year on Mount Hood and Mount Adams, both in the Southern Cascade Range.
After laboring through the night on this beautiful mountain’s flanks, the sun will begin to rise as you gather on the famous Hogsback. This is your last break before catching a chance at the Pearly Gates and the summit. Climbers often say the last 700 feet of Mount Hood is the real climb. After having summited it a couple of times, I tend to agree. It you are really lucky, you’ll see the shadow of the mountain.
Standing on top of Mount Hood, gazing out at the Pacific Ring of Fire is exhilarating, an unforgettable experience. Space on the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer Mount Hood team fills up quickly, but there are still spots available today.