To get to Adams, you drive to Portland, head east through Hood River, then back north into Washington state, where Mt. Adams lives. It's kind of round about, but hey, it works. We left Seattle at the crack of 9am on Friday, hit up the REI in Portland to procure some supplies sans sales tax, and made it to the parking lot by 3:30pm. The mountain looked stunning on our drive up.
The weather was quite nice so we stripped down, making sure to apply plenty of bug spray. Stupid mosquitoes.
|Ski Boots and Short Shorts. Oh and a 40lb pack.|
We left Cold Springs parking lot at 5,500' around 4pm and followed the boot pack/skin track up the standard route to Lunch Counter at 9,000'. You can see our route outlined on the summit certificate here.
|Bugs already attacking me|
|Ryan and Zee Mooountain|
|Me blazing a trail|
|There's some rocks in that snow!|
|Helens in the distance|
|My Fave of the bunch!|
We took the obligatory "camp" photo, dumped our packs and began the search for running water. After some wandering, water was discovered and we siphoned off about 7 litres and headed back to camp.
|The aforementioned "camp" photo|
One last little video - Ryan bought a GoPro in Portland, so we tested it out at camp. Here is video of Lunch Counter (with a cameo by Gpa Maximus).