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Illumination Rock: 2012

Illumination Rock is located just above timberline lodge ski area on Mt. Hood. In winter, the routes are mixed rock and ice climbing. The route we climbed was  4 pitches of M4 – AI4. The protection was mostly rock in splitter cracks. For April, the climbs seemed quite winter-esque making the placement of gear even more fun than usual.  Moving among sugar gargoyles put me in a total dream-like head space.

I had only seen fluffy mushrooms of  ice in magazines, so it was great to touch them. Stoke seemed to be running through my veins….

Illumination Rock Mt. Hood, USA.


Pitch 1, Techy rime ice with the occasional stick. good cracks beneath the fluff for protection.


Start of Pitch 2


The tunnel pitch. Here, you climb 4ish ice within a rime tunnel!!!


Pitch 4, short and ends with the rappel station on your right.


One rappel and a lil' down climbing...


Below is a topo of the rock with routes: