Steve, Doughtery's 2007 ice school was a big success with good weather, a fun group and lots of ice....oh yeah, and he even cooked up a ton of Octoberfest sausages on the glacier. Speaking of cooking - a big thank you to Jim Collins for great meals as the camp cook. For full trip details see steve's website at http://cascadeadventures.net/ Also, thank you to brian and Amy for your pictures - a few of which I "borrowed" for this blog. Leader: Steve Dougherty: Co Leaders Keith Hill; Scott Phillips; Kirk Kraschel; Herb Fecker Assistant Leader Robyn Smith; Gregory Phillips; Mike Niemeyer; Linda Bedard; Jerry Croft; Jess Palacios Climb Team: Matthew Tryon; James Collins;Brian Kier; Susie Callahan; Dan Sewell; Jane Morris; Rick Slezak; Rebecca Tryon; Brad Dougherty; Amy Palacios; Jackie Niemeyer (day 1)
Route to practice area at lower end of Elliot Glacier North side of Mt Hood: We started at Cloud Cap Saddle Campground and followed Timberline Trail (USFS 600), south one mile to the east Eliot Glacier moraine. (Leave Timberline Trail and follow a climbers' trail up Cooper Spur. ) This was about a two mile scramble and 1,100 ft elevation gain. Driving Directions From Salem take I-5 north to Woodburn (Exit 271) 18 miles. Drive 47 miles on Hwy 211 through the towns of Molalla, Colton, Estacada, and Eagle Creek to Sandy. Drive east 25 miles on Hwy 26 to Government Camp. About two miles past Government Camp take Hwy 35 North towards Hood River. Drive about 18 miles north to Cooper Spur Road. Turn west onto the Cooper Spur Road and drive about 2.5 miles to the Cooper Spur Ski Area road. Turn left and follow the road for less than a mile. At the first fork, stay right. At the second fork take the right unpaved fork (the left fork goes to the parking area for Cooper Spur Ski area) and drive about nine miles to Cloud Cap Inn. Several hundred yards before Cloud Cap Inn, park at a small USFS campground called Cloud Cap Saddle.