Mount Hood: Illumination Saddle Routes


Intermediate Alpine Climb - Mount Hood/Reid Headwall

one-day ice climb

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  • Intermediate Ice Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,235 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Will pick one day of the two, whichever had good weather, close to the trip date, after short-term forecast becomes available. Details to be discussed via email.

Must have graduated from Alpine Ice (or equivalent), be in good shape, and feel solid on ice. This should not be your very first ice climb.

Date is tentative - during this time of the year, conditions often tend to be poor due to weather, avy risk, or the route not being in, and most climbs are cancelled or rescheduled. Please be flexible.

If you have not climbed during the winter, please study weather and reports of similar trips to make sure that you understand what to expect, and that winter climbing is within the limits of your risk tolerance. Generally, you can expect it will be cold and windy, protection scarce, and avy risk will not be "low" (NWAC forecast does not apply to the summit of Mt Hood, the route crosses avy slopes).

Details to be discussed via email. Please feel free to reach out with questions.


Mount Hood: Illumination Saddle Routes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Details to be discussed via email.

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