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North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Mountains, Mount Adams, Stormy Monday Couloir

Mount Adams, Stormy Monday Couloir. Craig Reininger and I made an ascent of a spectacular snow and ice finger on the north side of Mount Adams on July 6 and 7. Starting from the lower Adams Glacier we ascended a snow finger to its left until we came up against a rock band at the top. We then traversed left two leads across loose fourth-class rock in crampons until we reached a sickle-shaped 50° ice gully. This was followed to the top of the west face of the north ridge and onto the summit plateau. A brewing electrical storm made our equipment buzz and shocked us through the wet rope as we literally ran down the north ridge. Moderate rockfall. NCCS II or III.

Eric Simonson