Mt.Adams - nearing the end of the stratosvolcano trip
|View from LunchCounter camp site|
My right heel was rubbing against my beloved Evo boot. I love this thing eventhou it is very temperamental. In a good day, it is the best footwear one can have but in a bad day, blister it is.. And I could feel that it would be one of those bad days. It was only a mile into the climb.
I was grunting and not enjoying the blazing hot weather that has been following us the whole trip. Eventhou we started the approach at 2pm, much later than previous climb, it was still way too hot for me.
|summit of Mt.Adams|
We shared the trail with couple groups of teenagers. Some were loud, some were polite. I prefer solitude.
Apparently this mountain is VERY popular for kids and teenager's alpine trip.
We quickly ascended, 3000 ft elevation gain to the camp site called lunch counter. It has nice rock rings. We choosed the one further up the rock band with the view of Mt.Hood.
I set my alarm for 12.30am. We didn't get out until 2am. It was warm and pretty bright. A nice alpine start.
|photo by Brandonriza.com|
I knew there will be false summit. I had prepared my self for that. I had also prepared my self that this would be frustrating. Yet, I was still wondering when this one would be over.
We passed all the group ahead of us and decided to slow down to make sure we won't get to the summit before sunrise.. Coz that would suck. Nevertheless we got to the summit before 6am.
It was windy.. The summit plateau was HUGE.
We had plan to glissade down and I was actually looking forward for that. But that early in the day, the snow was still too icy. :(
We started our decent, crossing path with probably 20-30 people who were still going up. And many more on the trail below the camp.
We packed our tent and cleared out camp then headed down.
Before noon, we arrived back at the trailhead and 10 minutes after John arrived to pick us up.