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Climbing Mount Hood

Permits & Regulations

Leave No Trace specific to Mt Hood's upper reaches

Plan ahead and prepare: Being fully prepared helps reduce the chance of needing a rescue.  Search and rescue operations can have a significant impact to the resource.  Being fully prepared also makes it easier to follow other leave no trace practices.

Dispose of Waste Properly : One of the leave no trace practices for climbers on Mt Hood is using blue bags for human waste removal. These bags are free and available year round in the Climbers Registration in the Timberline Day Lodge.  Ascending climbers often leave their blue bags to pick up on their decent.  The ravens often pick the bags apart when left, so please secure your blue bag in some gear.  Pack out all waste - including "biodegradable" food like banana peels.   The small critters should not be given the opportunity to associate people with food scrapes. 

Camp and travel on durable surfaces - Route selection: Most of the time climbers are on snow which is a recommended Leave No Trace practice.  When you need to travel off the snow, use already established climber paths.  This is particularly important along the east side of the Timberline Ski area where plant life is present.  On more pristine routes, approach hikes may require you go across vegetation with no established climber path.  In this case, avoid having your group travel in single file.  Spread your group out to disperse the impact and avoid creation of new user path.   

Be considerate of other visitors: Expect the south side route to be crowded on spring weekends, particularly when there is a full moon and when the weather and snow pack is favorable.  On these days, groups can bottleneck from the hogsback up through the Pearly Gates.  Be considerate of of the groups climbing near you by communicating with them if a traffic jam seems likely. Consider climbing weekdays.  Climb early so that you are back to hogsback before the crowds.   When traveling though the Timberline Ski Area, travel along the eastern edge of the ski area avoiding the ski runs and snowboard terrain parks and jumps. 

Leave what you find:   Leave old structures alone.  Plant life found on the lower elevations should never be picked even when abundant.

Minimize campfire impacts:  Stoves are the standard for climbers.  The treeline and above are not appropriate sites for campfires on Mt Hood. Wood is scarce and the impact significant.  If you on an approach lower down on the mountain and choose to have a fire, use either an existing fire ring or make a mound fire.  Collect only down and dead firewood that is small enough to consume fully - typically the size of you forearm. 

Respect wildlife: As mentioned in the waste statement, critters should not be given the opportunity to associate people with food scrapes.  Keep wildlife wild - small critters and big critters.  It may be tempting to hold food to snap photos jays or chipmunks but this habituates the animals. 

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