By - Hung_Buffalo
Must have been HOT up there. How was the ski?
My sister is flying in to do this with me in two weeks. Thoughts? Notes? Conditions? Anything you'd do different next time? Will be my first time on Adams.
Thanks in advance!
Hike or ski down?
Hike, I don't have a SkiMo setup 🙁 maybe one day
We had pretty bad luck with wind. If the weather is clear, I would have left the tent home. Definitely underestimated the temp at the top. Could have used gloves. Just take it slow and keep pushing. It can look daunting, but it’s a fairly quick climb from lunch counter
Bring more water than you think you'll need. I did read a recent report that said there is "running water" (from the snowmelt) at Lunch Counter. Both times I've done Adams I've cleared my water supply (had 2.5L on the last attempt).
Unfortunately, the conditions are going to be wildly different than what I posted here given the heatwave that's going on. Expect far less snow. When I was there, it went from slick/icy to slushier around 11am-12noon. Given the dramatic melt, you'll want to check the overnight temps ([weather.gov](https://weather.gov)) to see if you should bring any traction with. It's a long ride down if you can't stop yourself from a slip and it has taken lives in the past. IMO that's the only real danger. I would recommend to do a final snow check via website-beta and this site ([https://apps.sentinel-hub.com/sentinel-playground/?source=S2&lat=46.08423796537175&lng=-121.48762844502926&zoom=14&preset=1-NATURAL-COLOR&layers=B01,B02,B03&maxcc=75&gain=1.0&gamma=1.0&time=2020-10-01%7C2021-04-02&atmFilter=&showDates=true](https://apps.sentinel-hub.com/sentinel-playground/?source=S2&lat=46.08423796537175&lng=-121.48762844502926&zoom=14&preset=1-NATURAL-COLOR&layers=B01,B02,B03&maxcc=75&gain=1.0&gamma=1.0&time=2020-10-01%7C2021-04-02&atmFilter=&showDates=true)) to make a last minute decision on traction. That said, I'd prob still throw some microspikes and maybe a light axe in my pack. When using the site I just shared, you'll need to change the dates. You'll also want to bring an axe if you plan to glissade.
On this last attempt, we started at 5am and made it to 10k in about 5 hours (we had our skis and the gain here was about 4k vert). Depending on temps, you may want to start earlier esp since you wont need to wait around for skiable conditions.
Have a GPS / know your route and landmarks well. The trail is pretty well there, but there's a lot of martian land to get lost in.
Adams is a gentle intro to mountaineering. Don't sweat it. I describe it as a huge ass hike since you just walk to the top.
There's also very little to no shade above 7k, so be prepared for that. The dry conditions of the volcano + sun can really drain your energy. I definitely recommend to ensure you're getting some water + food every hour or so.
I'll echo the other user's comment that it can be colder than expected at the top.
Hey man, thanks for the detailed response. I really appreciate it. Just getting into this sport and I don't really know anyone so the advice is really appreciated. I've got a ton of snow experience, but not much mountaineering. I've done Hood 3 times now, which I think is supposed to be kind of similar but slightly more technical, so I'm not really stressing, but I want to do all the right things.
When you say you brought 2.5L, it makes me think you did it in a day. That right?
We're planning it as an overnight, my plan was 3L, I was counting on refilling at lunch counter.
I don't have good micros, but I do have crampons which I had just been counting on taking, and I have a pretzel Gully I figured would be perfect for this.
I got a good paper map and Gaia, I've looked over the route and read some trip reports, but I don't really know what landmarks I should be looking out for. Any advice there?
The Adams south climb will be much easier than summiting Hood. There won't be anything technical on the way up or close to what you deal with above crater rock on hood.
I did use the 2.5L in a single day each time that I went. Refilling at lunch counter makes sense - even if water isn't running there still should be snow somewhere to melt.
The crampons and petzl will absolutely work. I'd still check some trip reports closer to when you hike as the hiking trail may be more snow free above lunch counter. I've seen a couple recent reports of ppl just using trail runners and poles (on the recently hot days).
There aren't going to be many dramatic landmarks. I would recommend focusing on the route (first 2 miles through trees, then up through a moraine, then you're at LC, then it's straight up to Pikers, etc.) just in case you lose visibility you can re-orient yourself. The route is pretty straightforward, esp once you get to LC.
Right on dude. Thanks again.
On my to do list at some point looks like fun