Activity Notes

NOTE: This climb is a mentored training climb intending to teach all the components of how to plan, organize, and lead a group climb up a moderate technical snow route. The typical participant would be someone who's completed ICS and is considering leading climbs for others-- for example as a Mazama Climb Leader. There will be much higher expectations for participants on this climb than for other typical Mazama climb. Participants will be expected to contribute to all the steps of planning and executing this climb, which will include an in-town meeting prior to the climb. All participants who are Leadership Development participants can receive an "LD climb assist eval" if they'd like one for this experience.


Mt. Hood (Wy'east) / Cooper Spur: grade III, moderate-to-high angle snow


  • In-town planning meeting options: Tues 5/16
  • Climb dates: Memorial day weekend Sat/Sun 5/27-28

Skills Requirements:

  • training with axe/crampons, self-arrest, and team rope travel
  • moderate physical fitness, all-day energy
  • moderate amount of snow climbing experience

Physical Fitness:

Physical fitness expectations: 5600' of gain with 8.0 miles total in full packs.


This route is comparable to scale/scope as Leuthold Couloir or Sunshine routes of Mt. Hood (Wy'east). Applicants should feel equally prepared to participate in those climbs, before applying to this one. 

This will be a single day climb the Cooper Spur route of Mt. Hood. The two route variations that we will consider are: (1) start and end at Timberline Lodge, circumnavigating over to the Cooper Spur from the south side, and descend to return to Timberline Lodge, or (2) start at the Tilly Jane sno-park, head up the Cooper Spur and descend to Timberline Lodge-- this approach requires a car shuttle around the mountain.


As a note, when assembling climbers for a Mazama climb, I deliberately strive for a diverse, and balanced team. I principally take into consideration an individual's physical fitness, skill level for the route, and how they can contribute to the climb team’s diversity. Diversity consideration especially applies to the selection of the assistant and lead climber(s), to help expand the diversity in prospective Climb Leaders in the Mazamas.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Registration is Closed

We’re sorry to report that registration is now closed for this activity and we are no longer accepting applications. The activity has either reached its maximum capacity or the registration period has ended.
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