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Mt Adams Charity Expedition Logistics

June 12, 2013

Mt Adams Charity Expedition Logistics

Elevation: 12,276 feet
Guide Service: Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)
Minimum Fundraising Total: $3,000.00


Take your skills a step higher on majestic Mt Adams. Situated in the eastern Cascade Range, Mt Adams is the second-most massive and the third-tallest volcano in the Cascade Range. Its eruptive volume is about 48 cubic miles, and only Mt Shasta is larger in volume in the Cascades. The team will embark to set up camp at 8,000 feet, beholding breathtaking views in every direction. During the climb, PP&R will provide instruction as needed to ensure that the team is physically prepared and properly outfitted to summit Mt Adams.

Climbing skill level:

This climb is open to any physically fit enthusiastic novice, beginner or advanced beginner. One day of training is included in the climb. Prior experience with backpacking is helpful.

Physical conditioning:

50 pound pack In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. Climbers must be able to carry an average of 50 pounds or more. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and team safety. We encourage you to contact PP&R so that they can assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs.

Mt Adams Climb Itinerary

Day 1 Friday:

8 a.m. meeting at the Trout Lake, Washington, Ranger Station (directions listed below). Be ready to go at 8 a.m. with all of your gear in one pack. Some cars will be left in Trout Lake. A nominal parking fee (per car) will need to be paid to Yakama Nation. Note: This is the only outside fee you will need to pay.There will not be an official gear check. Please refer to the attached Mt Adams gear sheets for everything you will need. The group will have to share the labor of carrying the group items so save room in your pack. You will hike up to base camp, where you will set up camp for the night.

Day 2 Saturday:
Snow School and acclimatization. You will all turn in early to your sleeping bags.

Day 3 Sunday:
Summit day. Rise early. After a climb up the Mazama Glacier to reach the summit, you will return to base camp, pack up your overnight gear and hike down to the trail head. The expedition will be complete by late afternoon on Sunday.

Transportation is not provided. Climbers will need to provide their own transportation to the trail head.
PP&R will provide dinners and breakfasts. You need to bring your own lunches and snacks.

Driving Directions to Mt Adams

From Portland vicinity: Drive I-84 to Hood River. Take the exit for White Salmon, Hwy. 35 (Government Camp). Cross toll bridge to WA. Rte. 14. Go left 1.5 miles, turn right on Rte. 141-A (alternate). Meet Rte.141 in several miles. Continue to Trout Lake. Just before town, take the left at a “Y” (note café and gas station in the “Y”). Drive about ½ mile to the Mt Adams ranger station on the left.Mt Adams Ranger District, 2455 Hwy 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650

Phone: 509-395-3400

If you’d like to stay before or after the climb in the Mt Adams area, the Trout Lake Valley Inn is just two miles south of the Ranger Station. You can make reservations by calling 509-395-2300.

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Mt Adams Climb Gear

Upper Body

  • Base Layer: Lightweight long underwear. Light colors and zip necks help with ventilation (Suggested brand, Patagonia capilene)
  • Insulating Layer: Expedition-weight long underwear, synthetic sweater, soft-shell jacket. (1-2 layers in this category are recommended depending on personal preference and weather conditions)
  • Shell Layer: Waterproof (Gore Tex) shell with hood large enough to fit over your helmet.
  • Insulating jacket: Warm down or synthetic parka. (One with a hood is recommended)
  • Gloves Liner Gloves (2 pairs can make the trip more comfortable) and Insulating Gloves – Wind and waterproof
  • Climbing Helmet (suggested brands Black Diamond, Petzel) This can be rented at local mountaineering shops like REI.
  • Hat: Warm hat, thin enough to fit under your climbing helmet. Wool or synthetic materials are recommended. (Hat with a fleece band on the inside won’t make your head itch)
  • Sunglasses: Wrap around glasses with UV protection
  • Ski Goggles

Lower Body

  • Base Layer: Lightweight long underwear. (Suggested brand Patagonia capeline)
  • Insulating Layer: Expedition weight long underwear, fleece or softshell pants.
  • Shell Layer: Waterproof (Gore Tex) shell (with full side zippered legs are more flexible for putting on and taking off over boots)
  • Socks 2 pair of thicker wool socks (ex: Smartwool Mountaineering) and 2 pair liner socks
  • Mountaineering Boots: Double plastic are the recommended boots for this trip. Full leather boots that accommodate crampons will work. Check with guides if you have questions about your boots. These can be rented at local mountaineering shops like REI.
  • Gaiters: Knee-length gaiters that cover your mountaineering boots (Suggested brand Black Diamond)

Technical Gear

  • Crampons: mountaineering crampons are recommended and should be compatible with mountaineering boots. (ex: Grivel G-10) These can be rented at mountaineering shops like REI.
  • Ice Axe: A general mountaineering axe between 60 – 80 cm (length is based upon your height) with a wrist loop. This can be rented at local mountaineering shops like REI.
  • Water Bottles: Two 1 liter bottles (The tubes in Camelbak or other type of water bladders will often freeze on Mt. Hood and are not recommended.)
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable is better than fixed length.
  • Headlamp: With extra batteries.
  • Backpack: An overnight pack should also be used for the climb itself – no need for two. Pack size will vary with the size of your sleeping bag, but one that is between 3,000-4,000 cubic inches. External frame packs are not recommended.

Additional Items

  • Balaclava or Bandana
  • Sunscreen: SPF 15 is the minimum recommended. Chap Stick with SPF is also recommended.
  • Camera
  • Baseball style cap
  • Garbage bags: Use these to line your pack; it will help keep your gear dry (Trash compactor bags work the best as they are made from heavier material)
  • Sleeping bag: Down or synthetic, comfort-rated to 10 degrees or better. Down is lighter and more compact than synthetics.
  • Sleeping pad: Closed-cell foam or inflatable, full or ¾ length. Pad must be waterproof. No spongy or “open-cell” foam.
  • Cup/bowl/spoon: Something simple to eat out of. A cheap plastic bowl plus lightweight insulated cup allows the luxury of hot food and drink at the same time.
  • Synthetic shorts and a wicking T-shirt that will be comfortable for the hiking portion of the trip.

Overnight mountaineering trips allow us to get further into the backcountry, and for this we need a little more equipment than for a day climb. Keeping the weight of our packs as low as reasonably possible is a main consideration. Please keep in mind that when we spend the night on the mountain for a climb, it will be more of a brief stopover than an elaborate base camp. Backpackers commonly carry a variety of luxurious extras, extra weight that climbers cannot afford. As climbers, we must carry rope, ice axes, harnesses, crampons and helmets -things the backpacker doesn’t need. Keeping your pack as light as possible can dramatically increase your enjoyment of both the hike in and the climb itself.

In some cases climbing routes and descent routes are not the same, and small packs will allow us to descend the mountain by the easiest, safest route without the need to return to a camp. To these ends, please try to avoid packing cumbersome, heavy or unnecessary items. Portland Parks & Recreation will provide all tents, stoves, pots, and other group gear, however the group will have to share the labor of packing them in and out.

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