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 – 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
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
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.
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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.
- Backpack - Approximately 5-6000 Cu In. We'll be carrying quite a bit of gear to our camps on Adams and Rainier, you want a way to carry all of this.
- Small Additional Duffle Bag - To store items you leave behind, such as Rainier food while on Adams.
- Small Daypack - For car/airport time.
- Sleeping Bag - Rated to 20 degrees. Down or Synthetic. I will be using a synthetic one.
- Compression Bag - To shrink sleeping bag and save pack space
- Sleeping Pad - Foam or inflatable. Bring repair kit if inflatable.
- 3/4 or 4 Season Tent. Don't compromise here. Bivy Sack/Tarp combos could also work. Discuss if you have questions.
- Climbing Helmet
- Lightweight Climbing Harness
- Ice Axe (mountaineering/glacier travel)
- Trekking Poles (not optional, please bring to save your knees, we'll have big loads)
- 3 Locking Carabiners
- 20' 5-6mm Cord
Head Gear: (no, not braces)
- Warm Fleece Hat - ideally thin enough to also work under helmet.
- Balaclava or Neck Gaiter -
- Baseball Hat -
- Sunglasses - Full wrap or glacier glasses. Don't skimp here. We can help you pick.
- Goggles - Amber lenses help in mixed and stormy weather
- Headlamp - with spare batteries. The cold can really eat them up.
- Gloves (insulating) - 1-2 pairs of fleece. I bring two different weights of fleece that fit inside each other. The heavier pair should be wind/water resistant or proof.
- Gloves (shell) - Waterproof/Windproof.
- Mountaineering Boots - Plastic or leather but must be completely rigid (full shank), and insulated.
- Hiking Boots/Hiking Shoes - For Adams, Town, and airport
- Camp Shoes - Crocs work well as do Down Booties.
- Sandals - for town time and post climb foot relaxation.
- Gaiters - Knee length, gore-tex or equivalent and fit over your big boots.
- Socks - Wool or syntethic. Find ones that work for you. Need multiple pairs for trip. Liner socks are optional, some people like them, some don't. I personally don't.
- This gear should work for you over several days of climbing. Don't bring too much but have yourself covered.
- Base layers - Synthetic, long sleeve, lightweight. Ventable if possible
- Insulating Layers - have several options
- Long-sleeve lightweight shirt with collar - synthetic. To protect yourself from the sun on warm glacier practice days.
- Shell Jacket - With hood, Gore-Tex or equivalent.
- Insulated Parka ideally with hood - for stormy and cold weather.
- Street Clothes - for travel times
- Base Layers - same as above but long leg vs. long sleeved
- Insulating layer - fleece pants or equivalent
- Shell Pants - Gore-Tex, full side zip if possible.
- Lightweight synthetic pants for non-summit days but on snow still
- Hiking Shorts
- Street Clothes
Other gear to have:
- Sunscreen and lip protection. Bring spares.
- Utensils, cup, bowl
- 2-3 quart sized water bottle, wide mouth. Hydration bladders are fine but can freeze so still have 2 bottles with you.
- Several Large Garbage bags and zip-locks for keeping things dry
- Toiletries - toothbrush, deoderant, etc.
- Bio-degradable toilet paper. We'll also be using the blue bags on Rainier.
- Ear Plugs
- Camera - if you're into that sort of thing, spare batteries/memory cards.
- Personal Medical supplies - first aid kit (especially for blisters) and any prescription/non-prescription items
- Water Purification Source
- Stove - per cook group
- Fuel Bottle (we'll get fuel in Tacoma)
- Cooking Pots
- Cooking Utensils
- Reading Materials
- Stuff sacks for organizing gear
- Knife/Leatherman (put in checked luggage, not carry on).