Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies On Mount Hood

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Summary

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Photo taken on Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies from ~100 feet below the steep gullies that make up the common finish to the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies & Wy’East routes (~300 feet below summit). Mark M.is leading; Shirley and Steve L. are below (May 7, 2005).

In the spring of 2005, Shirley & I signed up for the Advanced Snow And Ice class with the Mazamas club here in Portland. Towards the end of the “Snow” portion of the class, we climbed the Wy’East – Steel Cliff route with a portion of our class. Bad weather at Timberline, but clear above ~7K level. Met our friend Haydar at Timberline before setting out. Other than the slog along Palmer, nice (quite beautiful actually) climb. Some short sections of shitty snow high up. First alpine climb of the season and we was draggin’ ass.

 

Photos

Mazamas ASI Class

ASI

Our classmates spending another weekend near the base of Hood during the Adv. Snow & Ice course we took with the Mazamas (April 2005).

ASI

Shirley hanging out near the base of Hood's south slope during our ASI class (April 2005).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies Climb

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Shirley and Steve L. hiking up towards the White River Glacier.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Shirley (right...daydreaming about warm sandstone climbing....as was I 🙂 for that matter...the pain of hiking the ski slopes in the middle of the night ), Steve L., Jae E., and Mark M. on approach (skirting the west side of White River Glacier) to the base of Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route (May 7, 2005).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Mark M., Shirley, and Steve L. traversing somewhere high on White River Glacier.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Mark M., Shirley, and Steve L. on the Wy'East route.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Mark M. on Wy'East route below the Steel Cliff Gullies portion (I think).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Jae E. atop a short (~40 foot) rock band/gully. Another 50-100 feet higher you reach the base of the ”ramp” leading to the top of the Steel Cliffs on the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route (May 7, 2005).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Jae E. leading the ~40-45 deg. (nice firm) snow section at the bottom of the ”ramp” atop the Steel Cliffs on the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (May 7, 2005).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Mark M. (front), Shirley, and Steve L. nearing the top of the ”ramp” (atop Steel Cliffs) on the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route. Nice snow and a slope of about 40-45 degrees (?). Note the Palmer Ski lift in the upper right hand corner of photo (May 7, 2005).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Shirley high on the ramp of the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

The lines on the Hogsback with the summit of Hood visible above.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Illumination Rock as seen from somewhere along the east ridge of Hood on the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Mark M. (front), Shirley, and Steve L. exiting the ”ramp” atop Steel Cliffs on the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route. We encountered really sh*tty snow at the exit from the ramp (just below Steve). Photo taken from just below where the route reaches the eastern edge of the crater rim (May 7, 2005).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Illumination Rock from high up on the Wy'East route.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Shirley high on the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route...this is somewhere on the east ridge portion just below the summit.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Shirley on the ridge portion of the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Shirley traversing the east ridge high up on Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Jae E. leading the steep section of Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route just below where Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies and Wy’East join (~300 feet below summit; May 7, 2005)

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Photo taken on Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies from ~100 feet below the steep gullies that make up the common finish to the Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies & Wy’East routes (~300 feet below summit). Mark M.is leading; Shirley and Steve L. are below (May 7, 2005).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Mark M. nearing the top of the "crux" gullies on the Wy’East/Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies route. Photo taken from the summit ridge few hundred feet east of the true summit (May 7, 2005).

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Mark M. on the final portion of the east ridge high up on Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Shirley nearing the summit of Hood via Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies.

Wy’East, Steel Cliff Gullies (Mount Hood)

Shirley arriving on the summit.

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