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August 19, 2018

What an adventure! Since having climbed Mt. St. Helens, I had eyed Mt. Adams. Even though it is not as popular as its neighborly volcanic sisters (Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood), Mt. Adams is the third highest mountain (12,281 feet/3,743 m) among the Cascades and offers breathtaking views with many scenic lakes.

One fine Friday morning, Todd and I left Salem at 05:30 and arrived at the Mt. Adams Ranger Station of Gifford Pinchot National Forest by 07:40. After getting cascade volcanic passes ($15.00 each), we rendezvoused with Adam, and headed to the South Climb trailhead (#183) where hike begins. The dirt road to the trailhead was narrow and made me more anxious yet excited about the trip.

The parking lot was already almost full. After the final check of our hiking gear including crampons and ice axes (thanks to Jay for lending me the equipment), we took our first steps at 10:20. The initial part of the trail was surrounded with dead trees from the last wildfire, but strangely enabled us to...

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