On March 19, 2010 Tom Hanlon and I went for a little adventure around the Eastside of Mount Hood. I took the above image from our bivy on the Southside at the start of our journey. The next day we woke up at 0300 and got moving by 0430 to circumnavigate around to the Black Spider area above the Mount Hood Meadows ski area on the Northeast corner of the mountain. We went up towards the base of the Steel Cliffs seen in the photo below at the right edge of the image.
Then we wrapped around and up onto the ridge line that continues out of frame to the right in the above image. From there we continued on a generally level contour to the Black Spider area of Mount Hood’s East face as seen in the image below.
The day I took this image of the Black Spider the ice line above the snow bowl just left of center was unclimbed. The following day two climbers tagged this wonderful line and named it Fric Amos. Tom and I continued around to the Cooper Spur and finished with a climb to the top at 1209 on 3/19/2010.
For the trip report on Cascade Climbers.com for the journey Tom and I took click here.