Four climbers piled in for the carpool from Springfield to Timberline with a stop at DQ in Sandy for the mandatory pre-climb calorie load. After a few hours of sleep we started up the mountain about midnight. Many other groups were also out braving the mountain. The forecast had called for possible heavy wind and unfortunately that held true. After struggling to the top of the Palmer lift, two climbers opted to head back down. As summiting seemed unlikely the remaining two climbers sent the rope and pickets back down the mountain with the rest of the team and decided to continue on up to the Hogsback for the sake of a good workout. The wind was so fierce at times we were often in danger of being blown over but they diminished somewhat in the Crater Rock area. We briefly enjoyed the sunrise and some chocolate chip cookies before heading back down arriving back at Timberline around 7:30 am. We were a little disappointed in not making the summit but overall it was a good experience and a fun team.Members: Danneille Harris, Rick Harris, Dave Beardsley. Nonmembers: Bruce Tufts.
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