So I'm looking for a little more local beta here. Seams like people have climbed these routes around the dates below? Curious firstly if anyone would say that's too early to climb the listed peaks. The order that I'm looking to climb them is. 1st. Hood - Leuthold (May 3rd) 2nd. St. Helens - standard (May 4th) 3rd. Rainer - success cleaver (May 6th-9th) 4th. Shuksan - north face (May 10th-11th) 5th. Baker - north ridge (May 12th-13th) Also looking for another solid partner.
provided weather cooperates you should be alright...snow is firming up by May. particularly low snow levels so far this winter, conditions might even be more typical of June. quite an ambitious itinerary...good luck!
I'm being very ambitious about this trip. St Helens is my optional peak really. Hood Rainer and Shuksan are the main goals. Bakers north ridge looks amazingly exciting! I'll continue to watch the weather but yes it seems like May might climb like June this year.
It really depends on what kind of snow they get the rest of this season. I'm can't commit to climbing with you but there is some chance I'd be interested in riding together... If you're driving. Lemme know
Skip St. Helens unless you are skiing. You may need the extra day to wait out weather. May can be good cause the time between storm systems is longer and the storms are usually weaker. Visibility is the main problem. Check mark Nelson's weather blog and you can find the pressure charts for 3 weeks out. Use cascadeclimbers site to find PNW partners.
St. Helens is a great fun ski descent. Adams is even better but the road to Adams TH does not usually open that early. St. Helens is plowed right to TH at Marble mountain snow park. St. Helens has a permit cost and quota after May 15. If the weather works out I don't think you will have any problems finding partners.