I woke up at midnight and went up to mount hood to climb up to the summit. some people may say i should post on a climbing website but this was definitely splitboarding.
it was quite icy on the way up and my duct taped skins did not work very well. luckily I found some groomer to skin up. I switched to crampons early at the top of palmer lift.
after a lot more climbing we made it to the crater and i waited for my buddies. i dropped my sunglasses and they slid down the slope into the deep abyss of the fumarole. It was very sunny so, i squinted.
the final pitch was a bit tricky and required two ice axes for the last 75 feet of rime ice. i made the summit and waited for my climbing partners, and took in the view.
i strapped in on the summit ridge, with two ice axes in hand, and lowered myself toe edge self belay style down onto ride-able snow. then there were many toe edges and heel snurfs to be had on the ride to the car. it wasnt the greatest snow but it was carve-able and fun.
amount of climbing/skinning= whatever t-line lodge is to the summit-11,240 feet. amount of vert snowboarded= 11,240ish feet to whatever t-line lodge is.
yep i went up and down the old chute. very manageable climb just a bit scary at the very top on the last bit of rime ice. the ride was doable and not too scary if you down climb the top 100 feet or so. the best snow was around 10500-9500 ft on the mountain. smooth windbuff and little ice cubes on top of sugar snow. the worst snow was at resort levels.
the bergschrund is big and wide open right now. easy to cross into the old chute.