|Mt. Adams at sunset|
My friend Lauren and I mapped out our itinerary from start to finish as we neared the weekend we would attempt the climb. About five days before, forecast models were showing a low pressure system moving south from Canada which would most likely induce convective thunderstorms over the area and soon enough, every forecast mentioned PM thunderstorms right over the two days we would attempt the climb. Fantastic.
I woke up around midnight to howling winds and hail/rain pelting our tent. We had left our bags outside so I freaked out and woke up Lauren who pulled them in our tent. It would be a long restless night as my sleeping pad slowly started to deflate. By the time I woke up to get ready for our ascent, I was sleeping on rocks. I can't say I was mentally ready for the climb when we geared up and headed out. I think we were both initially scared because we were going to guess our way up the mountain. We were not equipped with a GPS or map and my only sense of direction came from the mental picture of the summit I took the night before. The weather was windy and it was pitch black out but we stuck to our guns and headed upslope.
|Poles would have been more handy here|
|At the highest point I've been on Adams|
My new #1 rule now is to never go climbing without a GPS and map, especially if you're doing so in the dark!!
On a brighter note! I got to use my brand new crampons that work great. They're hybrids for hiking and ice climbing. Also, Mt. Adams is not going anywhere. I will get up it one day with the experience I gained from this climb. I'll be back.