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Nice hike up to the top of Palmer on Mt Hood

Nice hike up to the top of Palmer on Mt Hood

Had a ridiculously sunny and warm day on Saturday.  In preparation for my attempt on Mt Hood this week, I did another hike up the climbers trail from Timberline lodge to the top of the Palmer lift (5,900ft-8,470ft).  Had amazing views and beautiful, sunny weather:

 

It was only about 1/2 the distance to the top (11,240ft), but was a great gear and stamina check.  I considered going higher, but I had started later and the snow was already pretty mushy.  That and I wasn’t going to go higher than the patrolled area alone.  Had to keep putting the SPF 50 on during the few hours I was up there and still got a lot of good sun.  It was so bright that the auto-white balance of the camera turned the blue sky black.

Overall, gorgeous day and great hike.

Mazamas

Mazamas

Was just accepted into the Mazamas Basic Mountaineering course.  It’s about half classroom training to learn about outdoor survival and safety; and the other half training and hiking to get you in shape for mountain climbing.  I must admit that I’m looking forward (with some anticipation) to the idea of climbing Mount Hood at the end of the course…