mt adams. mt adams was a roller coaster of emotions. when i look back at it tho i really did enjoy all of it. even the parts where i was truly scared for my life. i think i enjoyed those moments as they were happening too. just didn’t realize it.
eric, jeff, ryan & myself took off on friday for the mt. we drove to about 5k. unloaded, threw on our packs and climbed to 8k. we set up camp there for the night. craig met us around 9. did the hike in the dark by himself.
the next morning came quickly. we woke up at 4:30 and left sometime between 5 & 5:30. we did the first 1,500 ft in the dark. when we reached lunch counter the sun was rising. you could see everything. mt hood, helens, jefferson, the sisters, hood river and portland. around 10.5k the group split. jeff and i were slower and taking pictures. a little farther up the mt we met back up with eric who had to hang back on account of forgetting his crampons at home. the 3 of us went as far as eric could without crampons. climbing that mt without crampons is impossible. jeff and eric went back down to camp. i opted to finish the climb solo.
unfortunately after beginning the ascent by myself I took very few pictures. pictures were the last thing on my mind.
i’ve never had to push myself so hard. i was digging deeper than ever. its really hard to keep yourself motivated when you are so scared, alone and can’t catch your breath. i climbed for over 3m on ice and snow at 45degree angle. stops were frequent. to keep my spirits up i made myself checkpoints (rock, humps…) and would reward myself with a couple skittle upon reaching them. 7 hrs after leaving base camp i was on the summit by myself in a thick cloud. i don’t think i have ever been happier. it was emotional for some reason. i guess you had to be there and experience it to truly know the elation.
on the way down i got stuck in bad weather. visibility for a few hours was down to 15-20 ft. i got lost. i did lots of talking to myself. i tried convincing myself this was all part of the journey. luckily, i ran into a group of kids from gonzaga. then we all got lost together. eventually the trail appeared to us and i made it back to camp. only 5 hrs after summiting.
i ate well that night and slept better. woke up in the morning, hiked down and out. lunch and beers at full sail and back to portland.