- Created on Saturday, November 06 2010 22:49
- Written by Greg
Mount Hood, otherwise known as Wy'East is the largest peak in Oregon. This active glaciated volcano located 50 miles east of Oregon is one of the most climb glaciated volcanoes in the world. The last eruption of Mount Hood was a minor eruption back in 1877. The volcano though still shows it's active by its many fumoroles on the south side of the volcano. Often these fumoroles, or sulfer steam produce steam that has a strong odor similiar to a rotten egg smell. The smell is not very dangerous unless you were to fall in a hot steamy fumorole in which the heat and the sulfer fumes would overpower your body and would eventually take your life. These fumoroles are best viewed from the Hogsback, which is near Crater Rock, which is the center of the volcanic activity. It should be noted that the most popular route on the mountain, The South Side variation passes right over this area.
The South Side variation is the simpliest route and busiest route to the summit of Mount Hood. It is busy at most times of the year, even though the prime time for climbing Mount Hood is April and May. This section can be approached via the Timberline Ski Area. Though this route is famous, the route is difficult. Ice axe, crampons, and a helmet are required at ALL TIMES OF THE YEAR!!! Though the crevasse danger is low here many like to rope up in case of a fall, though it is not required. Before 2007 The Pearly Gates was the main route to the summit of Mount Hood. You would at that time go up the Hogsback, traverse around the burgshrund and enter the Pearly Gates. Unfortunately the Hogsback has moved dramatically and now that route is much more technical. The preferred route is the Old Chute Variation which is a 45-50 degree snowclimb up to a ridge and then short knife edge move to the true summit. If you are luck in late April or early May a side route up a 50 degree gully will open up and the knife edge will be avoided. Once on the summit Mount Hood provides grand views north and south of many of the volcanoes in the region.