Mt. Hood, Early Spring

Mount Hood presents some fantastic winter climbing routes in the Cascades.  It is one of the few “big mountains” in the range that is consistently accessible.  While all routes are somewhat technical, classic routes like the Pearly Gates and Leuthold Couloir do not require a full gamut of technical gear.


Updated: April, 2019

Top Layers

  • Icebreaker Sphere LS T-shirt
  • Arc’teryx Aptin Zip Hoody
  • Arc’teryx Cerium LT
  • Mountain Hardwear Ghostwhisperer Hoody

Bottom Layers

  • Mountain Hardwear Dragon Pants


  • La Sportiva G5
  • Smartwool PhD Mountaineering Socks


  • Outdoor Research Stormtracker Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Arete Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Baker Mitt (shells only)

Technical Climbing Gear

  • Petzl Sum’tec Adze
  • Petzl Gully Hammer
  • Petzl Sarken Crampons
  • CAMP Alp Mountain Harness
  • Black Diamond Vector Helmet
  • Sterling Fusion Photon DryXP 30m
  • 4x Petzl Attache Locking Carabiners
  • 4x Petzl Ange S Carabiners
  • Mammut Contact Slings (1×30, 1×60)
  • 1x Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screw 17cm
  • 1x SMC Snow Picket

Personal Gear

  • Arc’teryx Alpha FL45
  • Julbo Explorer 2.0 Glacier Glasses
  • Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Poles
  • Feathered Friends Hummingbird UL 20
  • Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm
  • MSR Reactor 1.5L Stove
  • Mountain Hardwear Direkt2 Tent 


  • Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
  • Garmin Fenix 5s
  • Garmin inReach Mini