As the world fought against an invisible enemy, Chris and I were desperately trying to climb mountains that were also not under strict quarantine. The heads of state had declared, in many cases, the closure of national parks making our approaches for objectives we had identified impossible.
It was then that, after several months of waiting, a window came up and we were allowed again to climb our favorite mountain: Mount Hood.
Ascent Date: May 15, 2020
Mountain: Mount Hood
Route: Devil Kitchen Variation 3
Alpine grade: II
Length: 1 day
After several months without climbing, we were worried about requiring our bodies to perform for many hours in an arid and stressful environment. We decided to climb a short route: the “Devil Kitchen” variation #3 more commonly known as the “Flying Buttress”.
We only had one small problem, the route required us to pass the WyEast Crux, a part of the route, on which when we attempted other routes, in the winter, we got lost enabling us to reach the summit (pre-covid times).
After having scanning many photos, watching several hours of climbing videos and reading a number of crazy trip reports, we were pretty informed of the route to take on the ridge of the Wy’East. How perseverance shows to be a successful model.
Here are some photos of our climb, as well as a short video montage: