12,267 foot tall Mt. Adams is Washington's second highest peak and boasts over 6,000 feet of elevation gain. While it is possible to do the climb in one long day, many opt to break it up into two days and camp at the Lunch Counter the first day, and climb to the summit and descent the next. I estimated a one day ascent would likely take me 10-12 hours and while tempting, I had planned my climb to camp at the Lunch counter. The intriguing thing about that option is that it kind of simulates a climb of Mt. Rainier. Other than the fact that climbing Rainier adds another 1,000 feet per day, of course. I had the chance and wanted that experience since climbing Mt. Rainier has been a long standing goal of mine that I hope to realize next year.
I was without partners for this trip and made the marathon drive to Trout Lake, WA the day before the start of the climb to attain a climbing permit with only 3 stops. That's a lot more windshield time than I care for for, but at least I was there.