Mount Hood/South Side


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Hood/South Side

Attempt on Mt. Hood via the South Side - Palmer Glacier route.

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  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 1, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 5,235 ft

Martin Way Park & Ride at the intersection of I-5 exit 109 and Martin Way in Olympia, 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 19 (unless you make other arrangements with the leader in advance).

Mt. Hood via Palmer Glacier

Ascending via the safest option from the “Hogsback” feature, probably the Old Crater Variation.  A fantastic first glacier climb.  


Mount Hood/South Side

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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