Our Silcox Hut-based Summit Program offers unmatched amenities for climbers in the Pacific Northwest. The cozy bed, catered dinner and warm fire and catered set you up for the challenges of the summit climb, knowing that waffles are waiting for you when you return! Please note, that in 2022, proof of Covid vaccination is required to participate in this program because of the size of the group size and duration of time spent together indoors.
Historic Silcox Hut
The centerpiece of the Silcox Hut is a large room that features a fireplace and comfortable seating, alongside the dining room with hand-carved wooden furniture, and windows looking up and down the mountain. The lower level of the Silcox Hut includes sleeping quarters, restrooms and showers.
Catered dinner is served family-style by the Hut-keeper. Afterwards we’ll have coffee, tea and, dessert. Of course, you’ll need dessert to get you ready for your summit climb. Breakfast includes oatmeal, fruit, juice, muffins and pastries, and coffee or tea. As you can tell, this is about as good as it gets for mountain living with an appetite!
In the morning, we’ll meet at the Timberline Lodge to go over gear and logistics. Then we’ll spend the morning in our snow skills training course. In class, we’ll cover footwork, ice axe usage, and our rope systems. In the afternoon we’ll take a snowcat up to the Silcox Hut at 7,000 feet and enjoy the amenities of the hut – overlooking all of Oregon.
Our summit climb begins with a wake-up call in the middle of the night – the smell of coffee and pastries will help. We’ll begin our climb with another snowcat ride up to about 8,000 feet, and then climbing on foot from there. We aim to reach the summit around sunrise. Whether we turn around at the summit or earlier, there is still a lot of work to descend to the hut, where breakfast will be waiting. Then, we’ll enjoy one last snowcat ride down the mountain to the Timberline Lodge.