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Climbing in the PNW

Postby shredthegnar10 » Wed May 11, 2011 11:21 pm

So I moved to Portland for a job this summer, and need to find people to climb with here. Anyone know of any sites similar to this for... Oregon/Washington? I'd like to climb Hood this summer and maybe Rainier in August depending on schedules.
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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby kushrocks » Thu May 12, 2011 12:34 am

Im shooting for Rainier in August. Are you going up on your own or with a guide? Im trying to train hard enough to do it in a long one day push if possible on the dissapointment cleaver route.
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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby Presto » Thu May 12, 2011 8:13 am

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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby Floyd » Thu May 12, 2011 9:12 am

Send a PM to Aubrey. He is well north of you in Bellingham, moved from CO a year or so ago. Still active every now and again on this site, posts TR of he and Jen's PNW adventures. I'm sure he'd be up for showing you around a little.

Portland is a great town. Been a while since I've been there though, I now have a list of places to hit up from Food Network. Go get the monster donut.
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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby Dave B » Thu May 12, 2011 9:34 am

Enjoy!

Two rainy chilly days in Colorado and I don't miss Portland at all - I seem to be the outlier though.

On a more positive note, I had a lot of luck finding climbing partners through craigslist and summitpost while living in OR - The Mazamas are a great resource - and I highly recommend climbing at Clingmans Dome (for the three months of the year it's accessible and dry).

Edit - French's Dome not Clingman's Dome... Sorry wrong state :oops:
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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby shredthegnar10 » Mon May 16, 2011 8:39 pm

Wow, thanks for all the links, guys.
I already registered on CascadeClimbers.com ... seems like a good site for meeting other climbers, which is nice since I moved here knowing literally no one. I'll be back in Colo. around Thanksgiving, since I still have two 14ers to go, but it looks like I'll have plenty of adventures for the summer.
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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby lazy climber » Tue May 17, 2011 2:15 pm

I live in WA just across the river from Portland, if you have not already started you need to start running the trails in the Gorge, these are great trails for a day or few hour hike and you can run most of these trails year round. Also you should look at Hood now, or at least when we get a break inthe weather, if you are watching the weather you can see we "might" have a decent window this weekend. The conditions on Hood are good now, this summer, depending on what you call summer, usually after the fourth of July, Hood just becomes a big pile of rock wanting to fall down. I am guessing Hood wil have good climbing thru mid June.

There are several hills that can be done solo, Hood, Adams, middle and south sister, St Helens is a good hike but wil cost you about $25 for the permit. Shasta is a bout a 7 hour drive from Portland and you can solo Avalanche Gulch or can hook up with other climbers once you get to Helens Lake area. This all assumes you are comfortable out onthe hill by your self.

Visit the local climbing shops, let them know you are looking for someone to hike/climb with, they may have contacts for you. Send me an email if you want, I can at least give you info on some of the area. I think we are going over to look at Hood this friday night, try to get up and down before the weather comes in on Saturday.

There is one thing to remember, I think till about the first of June you will need a snowpark pass to park at any of the trailheads and then after that you need a NW Forrest pass to park. You can get these at REI or Dicks Sporting Goods as well as other stores.

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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby Theodore » Tue May 17, 2011 3:02 pm

lazy climber wrote:I am guessing Hood wil have good climbing thru mid June.


Can you bump that guesstimate back a week? :D I'll be on Hood 6/22 and 6/23.

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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby lazy climber » Tue May 17, 2011 5:02 pm

I guess it all depends on what you call "good" climbing, with the weather we are getting there will still be a fair amount of snow on the hill. You should be able to get all the way to the top on snow. However, the south side route will be about the only one still doable, the ridges should be dry by then and the rock fall picks up, the route on the upper part of the hill will be rutted out, the bergscrund will be open and there will still be lots of people climbing, so it will still be OK, just how "good" is a matter of opinion.

Last year we did not really have good weather till after the fourth of July so you could still get weathered off the hill that late in June. It is possible that the TH to the south side of Adams will be open by then. If it is and you have two days that would be a nice hike/climb although it would require a night out.

What are going to be doing for two days on Hood?????

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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby Theodore » Wed May 18, 2011 3:26 pm

I have a buddy up there that has climbed it a few times with Timberline Mtn Guides and we're climbing it with him/them. Day one = snow course, day 2 = climb. I'll be up there from the 21st through the 26th, but I think we're heading down to Bend after the climb. Although if I had my druthers, we'd knock off another cascade peak. St. Helens or Adams would be my preference. He hates slogs, so he is refusing to touch Adams again.

I've never used a guiding service, so this will be a new/interesting experience. I'm sure there is a TON to learn from them, so I should be able to pick up a lot of info.

It's a means to bigger and higher mountains. Hopefully I'll do Rainier next year, then hopefully Kili, Aconcagua, or Denali after that.

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Re: Climbing in the PNW

Postby Matt Lemke » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:37 pm

I'm a Washington native living in Colorado now but my heart still lies in the Cascades. I will be home in the Seattle area by July 14th for a few weeks after 3 consecutive weeks of Colorado climbing. May be able to put a hike/climb together on my way back in to WA in mid-July??
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