Mt. Hood Expedition (optional Smith Rock)

  • 05/29/2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • 06/01/2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • Government Camp, OR
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Join MAA members to climb Oregon's famous Mt. Hood via the South Side Route. This iconic volcano should be on every climber's list - and this route is a classic non-technical ascent that still provides a sense of exposure and adventure. Recommended for members who are proficient with self-arrest and snow climbing on steep snow. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 12. Also included in this itinerary is an optional day climbing at Smith Rock. Hope to have you out with us!

SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. 


  • What's happening: Mt. Hood 11,239', South Side route, approx 5,400 ft. ascent, snow to 40 degrees, exposure. If successful our contingency day can be spent rock climbing at Smith Rock State Rock near Bend, or ascending another route on Hood. 
  • Where to meet: 5:00 pm at the Government Camp Rest Area, Milepost 54, Mt Hood Hwy, Government Camp, OR 97028
  • Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399,
  • Minimum / Maximum: 4/12
  • What to bring: Warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body - 4 layers for upper and 3 layers for lower, minimum. 2 pair socks and gloves, warm mittens, warm headwear, headlamp, sunglasses, goggles, gaiters. Harness, helmet, warm mountain boots, sharp steel crampons fit to your boots, mountain axe with leash or runner to connect to harness, food, waterbottles, trekking pole(s). Bring camping gear such as tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc. if camping. If planning to go to Smith Rock afterward, bring rock shoes, belay device, carabiners, chalk, etc.
  • Participant Expedition Fee: $109 per person which pays for EL mileage reimbursement and mandatory group gear usage deposit. Registration is confirmed when this has been paid.
  • Refund policy: Full refunds outside of 90 days, 50% refund between 30 and 90 days, no refund possible closer than 30 days. 
  • Travel coordination: Registrants will gain access to travel coordination spreadsheet or forum.
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
  • Additional Info: If we are successful on Thursday we have the option to climb another route on Hood or head south to Smith Rock State Park and do a little sport and trad climbing on Friday, or vice versa. 


  • PRIOR: Expedition Conference Call Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • DAY 1: Wednesday, May 29th: Meet at the Government Camp Rest Area, (Milepost 54, Mt Hood Hwy, Government Camp, OR 97028) for dinner and gear logistics. Staying the night at free Forest Service camping pullouts or Timberline Lodge parking lot.
  • DAY 2: Thursday, May 30th: Meet at 1:00 a.m. in the Timberline Lodge climber's cave. Get permit. Start the walk by headlamp up the South Side route, 5,400' ascent. Summit by 11:00 am, descend same route. Drive south to stay the night at the Smith Rock climber's camp, or spend another night near Government Camp. If the weather is really bad this day we may choose another activity.
  • DAY 3: Friday, May 31st: Contingency day. Climbing at Smith Rock, or more Mt. Hood Climbing.
  • (DAY 4: Saturday, June 1st: Drive home.)


  • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
  • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
  • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

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