FKT: Jackson Cole - Mt Hood (OR) - 2019-06-09

Route variation
South Side, car-to-car
Gender category
Finish date
Total time
2h 35m 34s

Climbed Mount Hood on June 9th 2019. Summit 1:42, Round trip 2:35

Strava track:

I started at Timberline lodge parking area, climbed the South Side route and intended on taking the pearly gates (most direct route) to the summit. I ended up taking the old Chute route due to several roped up partys on the pearly gates. 

Logistically I found this climb tricky. Consolidated snow is required if you choose to go on foot, and the upper 1000ft requires crampons making it tough to move fast in my opinion. Recent snow fall, warm temperatures and crowds made it tough to move quickly enough to even get close to Jasons time. I think skinning is the way to go for a truly fast ascent. Maybe I need to invest? Hopefully I'll be back next year and weather permitting give it another go.