Mount Adams/South Spur


Alpine Scramble - Mount Adams/South Spur

Mellow 2.5-day Mt. Adams scramble - mixed student/experienced group.

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,600 ft
  • Pace: 800ft/hr

At least one carpool from Oly Friday late afternoon/evening. Other arrangements TBD.

This scramble is now open for students from all branches. 

Together we have 4 summits on Adams and significant experience above 12,000ft. The schedule will be low-key to help people acclimatize to the higher elevations and allow for the best chance of success. 

Fri afternoon/evening: To Cold Springs, camp 5450ft.

Sat: 7am-ish wake-up, 8:30am-ish start up. Take 5-6hrs to Lunch Counter at 9200 with heavy packs. Beautiful sunset and early to bed.

Sun: 5:30am wake-up, 7am start up. Reach Piker's Peak at 11,200~ (2000ft in .7mi) by 10am, Summit by 11:30. Photos, coolness, head down as the glissade chutes get less icy but not yet mushy. Break camp by 1:30. Off the mountain by 5pm for huckleberry milkshakes in Trout Lake.

This is a great chance to test yourself on bigger mountains at higher altitudes, though it would be best if participants already had an MSH climb and Camp Muir hike under their belts.

Leader's permission required. We'll remove people, and we might be grumpy if they sign up without talking to us first.


Mount Adams/South Spur

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons or microspikes (TBD)
  • Trekking poles
  • Money for self issued permit ($15 or 20 - TBD)
  • Money for gas for drivers
  • Backpacking gear - sleeping bag/pad/tent proven sturdy in wind
  • Group gear will include stoves, water filters, possible tent-sharing
  • Home remedies for altitude (beet juice, ginger, mint, Ibuprofen, etc...)
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