I've taken a few pictures of Mt Hood, but from a different direction (West). (You can see this magnificent mountain for many miles in all directions.) Mount Hood is a little over 11,000 ft in elevation and is the second most-climbed glacier-covered peak in the world. A lot of climbers have successfully climbed Mt. Hood. Others who went up never made it back down the mountain.
In December 2006, three hikers were taking a practice hike up the North side of the mountain. Unfortunately, they never made it back down the hill. James Kelly's body was found in a snow cave. (Before he died, he managed to make sure his ring finger was visible so he could be identified.) Two others (Brian Hall and Jerry Cooke) are still presumed to be somewhere on the mountain. The theory is that they were so disoriented, they fell.
I remember packing for my move up to Portland when this tragic event occurred. I felt (and still feel) sorrow and loss for the three hikers' families, and I prayed for all of them and the Mt. Hood Search & Rescue teams.
It's difficult to convey my feelings for this mountain. It is a very spiritual and demanding place. Having been lost once, I know of the feelings that surface. But I also know the peace that a little prayer and meditation can bring in troubled times.
Saturday, I took a quick road trip to Mt Hood and the historic Timberline Lodge. As I got closer to the lodge, I could almost hear a chorus singing in my ears. Of course, it could have been the breeze in the thin air of the high altitude! But the experience was very spiritual. Very unreal. And a little scary (I drove up there by myself). However, I was awestruck when I saw the peak directly in front of me. The mountain commands your attention, no matter the view.
After I took the picture you see here (there are a few others taken from lower elevations which I will post), I turned around and zipped back down the hill. It was about 6:30 p.m., and I did not want to have to drive down and through the Cascades in the dark. It takes about 1.5-2 hours for the drive back, depending on where you live in the Portland Metro area.
In any case, I wanted to get a picture for Florence, who asked me if there's snow all year round on Mt. Hood. Well Florence, this is what it looked like on June 30th, 2007! (The Timberline Lodge is just to the left of the picture. I did not go inside due to time restrictions. ) The web site says you can ski here through September 3rd. See http://www.timberlinelodge.com/