Last weekend I traveled to Portland to meet up with some old friends from high school back in Minnesota. We planned to rally at our buddy Trent’s family ski vacation spot in Government Camp, Oregon for a weekend of good eating and skiing. While planning the trip Trent sent me the location of the home and some nearby ski touring options. When I saw that the trailhead for the standard winter route up Mt Hood started at the Timberline Ski Area’s parking lot, which was just up the road, and that from the summit one could ski all the way back to Government Camp for around 7,300 total vertical feet, I was in!
I brought my touring and climbing gear along despite the plan being for in bounds skiing with the guys. After we all got in rather late Thursday night, and the typical first night of drinking and catching up commenced, I fell asleep around 3:00 am thinking, “this is when most people making summit attempts wake up to start hiking!” as I drifted off to sleep. I was tired from life and travel and did not set an alarm, letting myself get up whenever my body was ready to. I did sleep until around 7:30 am and slowly made some coffee and packed gear. My friend Majid heard me moving around and came downstairs ready to try ski touring for his first time in years. “Well, maybe we won’t be going for the summit,” I thought as I helped Majid get into some borrowed (heavy!) Alpine Trekkers. I was pretty pumped just to be outside under such a beautiful mountain with a great old friend, summit concerns were quickly pushed aside. What a gorgeous day!
A few days after returning from the Portland trip I noticed on the Snowbrains Ski Blog an article about skiing Mt Hood. Consequently there was a pilot flying around the mountain on the day and he did happen to take some beautiful photos of the mountain (including all of the ski tracks!)