At the beginning of June I headed over to Mt. Hood to attempt the Old Chute route with Caleb, a fellow eastern Oregon/Washington climber and friend. This climb would be his first attempt on Oregon’s highest peak and it would be a return to the first Mt. Hood route that I climbed back in the early 90’s.
We carried overnight gear up above the lodge about .5 mile and grabbed a few hours sleep before our early morning start up the mountain.
After climbing through the night in windy, but clear conditions we arrived at the summit at sunrise and enjoyed a few minutes on the top before we headed back off the peak.
On the descent we passed numerous climbers heading up the route, I was glad we were heading down. Mt. Hood’s southern routes are quite popular so it’s always good to get up and down before the crowds.
All in all it was an amazing climb and I’m thankful that I could be there for Caleb’s first Mt. Hood ascent!