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Mount Adams Climb • Guided ascent

South Spur • Cascade Volcanoes • Washington

Details

Length:

2/3 days

Climbing Season:

Summer

Climbing Grade:

Cost

$825

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Visit our NW Alpine Guides site for more information on our Northwest summit climbs and mountaineering courses. www.northwestalpineguides.com

Mount Adams Climb • 2/3 days

nwag-logo200While Mt. Rainier is considered the jewel of Northwest peaks, a trek to the summit of 12,276-foot Mt. Adams is one of the most underestimated and enjoyable climbs in the western United States. Mt. Adams is the second highest peak in Washington State and often overlooked as a climbing destination by other peaks closer to major metropolitan areas such as Mt. Rainier (Seattle), Mt. Hood (Portland) and Mt. Baker (Vancouver). The southern-most volcano in the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Adams is near the Washington-Oregon border, just outside of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area. NWAG uses its program on Mt. Adams to introduce people to the sport of mountaineering. We climb the South Spur route which has permanent snow and offers non-technical climbing. No previous climbing experience is required.

NWAG three-day guided ascent climbs the moderate South Spur route on permanent snowfields to Pikers Peak false summit and continues to Mount Adams summit. The mountain is approached on its eastern slope from Cold Springs trailhead though heavy forest, once above tree line the route climbs left of Crescent Glacier to high camp known as the Lunch Counter. The mountain offers views southeast to Mount Rainier, east to Mount Saint Helens and North of Mount Hood.

This climbing trip complements well with a visit to “The Gorge” and the town of Hood River, Oregon, known to outdoor enthusiasts as the windsurfing capital of the U.S. and a playground for hiking, fishing, kayaking, and more. Participants in the Mt. Adams adventure also are encouraged to visit the nearby Walla Walla wine region, home to more than 70 wineries that are setting the standard for U.S. wine making, especially when it comes to Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons.

Northwest Alpine Guides also offers climbs on the popular Mazama Glacier, North Ridge and Adams Glacier routes.

Related climbs: Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, Mount Olympus, Sahale Peak, Eldorado PeakForbidden Peak, Mount Deception, North Cascade Classic Climbs, Snoqualmie Alpine Rock, Denali Expedition

Flight Schedule: USA – Seattle (SEA)

Climbs begins and ends in Mount Adams, WA

Day 1 • Trout Lake
Meet early evening at Mount Adams Ranger Station, Trout Lake, WA.
Drive to Cold Springs Camp trailhead and camp.

Day 2 • Hike to High Camp
Breakfast and gear check. Hike to 9000’ Lunch Counter Camp.

Day 3 • Summit Day • Mount Adams • 12,281ft
Summit day starts early. From Lunch Counter, we climb due north up the steep snowfield to the 11,700’ false summit also known as Pikers Peak. The route then crosses the intervening divide to the true summit of Mount Adams, some 600 feet higher. Descend to Lunch Counter Camp and return to Cold Springs trailhead.

Itinerary Notes: NWAG makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the particular needs of the group.

Program start time & location: 4:00 pm

Mount Adams – Southside
Mount Adams Ranger Station
Trout Lake, WA


Deposit and Payments
$500.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
Volcano Climbing Pass
Guided climb
Scheduled meals during the climb
Professional mountain guide
All group equipment (including tents, stoves, pickets, ropes)


Services not included
Domestic Airfare
Trailhead parking pass fees
Lunch and snack food
Personal gear
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

Northwest Climbs

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the pre-departure information upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it’s extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

We are able to rent most clothing items and mountain gear. Gear is also available for rent at many local Seattle area outdoor shops. Please see our gear rental list. Click on the camera icon below to view sample gear item.

Head and Face:

  • Warm Synthetic/ Wool hat: One that covers the ears.
  • Balaclava, Buff or Neck Gaiter
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Glacier glasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Wrap around style or side shields. camera20
  • Sunscreen: SPF 40 or more
  • Lip Balm: SPF 20 or more
  • Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection, optional
  • Climbing Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries. camera20

Upper Body:

  • Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body. Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
  • Synthetic Fleece Jacket and/or Pullover: Medium weight
  • Shirts: One or two synthetic short sleeve shirts. One synthetic long sleeve shirt for summit day is required.
  • Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood: Snow and high wind can be common. GORE-TEX© or waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
  • Insulated Jacket w/ insulated hood: 700+ fill down. camera20

**An expedition down parka w/ hood is required for Mount Rainier. A mid-weight insulated parka is required for Mount Baker and climbs and courses in North Cascades NP, Mount Olympus. Proper hard shell rain gear is required on all NWAG trips. Rental gear is available.**

Handwear: camera20

  • Medium weight Synthetic (fleece) Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
  • Climbing Gloves or Mittens w/ wrist straps: One pair

Lower Body:

  • Quick dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain.
  • Long Underwear Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Hard Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants of GORE-TEX© or waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed” (full side zips are required). camera20
  • Climbing Pants: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn. Schoeller© fabric is recommended.
  • Gaiters: One pair of high gaiters to keep dirt and snow out of boots. camera20
  • Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

**Proper hard shell rain gear is required on all NWAG trips. Gaiters are optional on mid and late summer climbs. Rental gear is available.**

Footwear:

  • Double Plastic Climbing Boots or Leather Mountaineering Boots (full shank and crampon compatible) camera20
  • Heavyweight Socks: Two pair of synthetic socks to wear for warmth with climbing boots.

**Plastic mountaineering boots or expedition leather mountaineering boots are required for Mount Rainier and early season Mount Baker and some early season climbs and courses in North Cascades NP. Mid-weight leather mountaineering boots are adequate for mid and late summer climbs on Mount Baker, North Cascades NP, Mount Olympus. NO Backpacking boots on any trips, boots must be full shank and crampon compatible. Rental gear is available.**

Sleeping: camera20

  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated 0 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit depending on climb or course).
  • Sleeping Pad: One closed-cell foam pad and/or an inflatable THERMA-REST© pad.

Packing and Backpack: camera20

  • Backpack: One lightweight large size 75-80 liters (4500-5500 cubic inches) comfortable pack with good support, adequate to carry personal and group gear. The pack should fit properly and have a good waist belt. Carry gear between 45 and 65 pounds.
  • Bags: large plastic bag, large Ziploc bag or waterproof stuff sacks

**An adequate size backpack is required depending on the climb or course you’ve joined. You are responsible to carry all your personal gear and food, as well as a portion of group gear (tents, ropes, stoves, fuel, etc.). Rental gear is available.**

Climbing Gear: camera20

  • Trekking Poles: adjustable and collapsible, required
  • Ice axe w/Leash: 70cm is recommended
  • Crampons
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Alpine Climbing Harness w/ adjustable leg loops.
  • Carabiners Locking: One large pear-shaped, screw gate
  • Mountaineering Courses we require these additional items, four non-locking standard gate Carabiners, Prussik cord (6mm, 30 feet), Optional items include: Ascender, Pulley camera20

Drinking:

  • Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE© camera20
  • Water Treatment: We recommend you bring one bottle of “Potable Aqua” or a “Polar Pure”, crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water.
  • Water Flavoring: Lemonade, Tang, Gatoraid, optional

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and spoon
  • Snack and lunch food
  • Personal Items
  • Camera

Travel Information

Northwest Climbs and Courses

Flight Travel Information: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular location. When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Rental Gear: Rental items are to be reserved and paid in advance. Rental fee is for the duration of the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.

Equipment

Does Mountain Gurus rent equipment? We do provide rental gear on our Northwest programs. All rental gear is limited and needs to be reserved and paid in advance. See Northwest Climbs and Courses for details. Currently we do not rent any equipment for international programs. Also, many local climbing and outdoors stores rent gear for reasonable rates.

Rental items include: http://www.nwmountainguides.com/gear-rental/

Where should I buy equipment? We can help you find a local climbing and outdoor shop where you can purchase the equipment you’ll need.

General

Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.), it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted, you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.