Mt. Jefferson, the second highest mountain in Oregon, is a challenge by any route. The Whitewater route is a LONG day, with a 12 mile total climb across the largest glacier in Oregon. Leave wands on the way up so you can use them on the way back. This route is technically easier then Jeff Park Glacier.
|Driving Distance from Portland||120 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||2 hours|
|General Route Info||This is a challenging climb which has a bit of everything-scree scrambling, a traverse of the biggest glacier in Oregon (and the biggest crevasses!) glacier travel through crevasses, traverse with exposure, and a rock climb finish. It is a 10 mile round trip from Jeff Park. The route circles around the mountain on the Whitewater Glacier and ascends the pinnacle directly above camp. Please review all of your glacier travel techniques, crevasse rescue, and rock climbing skills, especially putting in fixed lines and the techniques for moving on them with prusiks or carabiners and for using a running belay.|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in two or more days|
|Relevant Books||Oregon High by Jeff Thomas|
|Relevant Maps||USGS 7 minute series, Mt. Jefferson, and Geo-Graphics Mt, Jefferson <href="http: "="" adventure="" c463="" starts-here="" title="On the Mazama Climbing and Hiking map page " www.mazamas.org="" your="">On the Mazama Climbing and Hiking map page <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?f="q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=mt+jefferson+OR&sll=44.71929,-123.120211&sspn=2.392595,5.822754&ie=UTF8&t=p&z=15"" title="Google maps">Google maps</href="http:></href="http:>|
|Awards Qualified||16 Major NW Peaks, Seven Oregon Cascades Peaks|