Men's Health Climbing Mount Hood
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Men's Health Climbing Mount Hood

Men's health is acquired through various exercises they enjoy; mountain climbing is a favorite sport they choose. In this men's health mountain climbing trip facts list are many wellness tips.

Mountain climbing is often a selected sport for men's health and the innate need to exercise and conquer. Mount Hood is a popular mountain climb for day or overnight hikers. Many people have reached the summit and descended in less than two days since its technically challenging exercise is not only for the very experienced mountain climbers. From the looks of the foothills men, women and even teens are not intimidated because of the spread of the land and lack of immediate height, one half mile into the hike.  Mount Hood beckons well seasoned men as it did in 2006 when Kelly James, Jerry Cooke and Brian Hall began their accent.

The three men were friends, in good health and anxious to conquer the silent Oregon, Mount Hood. The newspapers and on the scene network reporters relayed all discoveries of what turned out to be the fatal climb for all three men. It was more than just one state in the United States listening, reading and hoping for some positive reports about these friends.

It was not Kelly James' first trek up to the top of Mount Hood, he had done this climb before with success. All the men were able climbers. The trip was planned, the men gathered and the stratovolcano was in site. What was going to be a shortened climb changed when the weather drastically turned for the three men who came from different states for this trek.

Mount Hood's tree line is estimated to be at 5,500 feet further diminishing the help of that flora to add to men's breathing health as the climb to the summit which has snow year round. Specific landmarks dot the south side of the mountain yet with drifting snow can be difficult to locate or see. Going off the designated path can add hours to a short climb which can further complicate a successful climbing exercise. Those health concerns are not limited to food consumption needed for strength, endurance and warmth prior and for extended time on Mount Hood.

Mount Hood is the tallest mountain peak in Oregon with the elevation changing over years due to lava and ash deposits in layers. During his climb in 1854 Mr. Belden reported a height of 19,400 feet, yet variations are stated as 11,249, 11,240, 11,235, 11, 253, 11, 239 and 17,600 feet. Considering the altitude; breathing at rest is compromised and becomes labored as men climb the peak where the twelve glaciers are located. Air quality affects the mental and physical health of most climbers as higher elevations are achieved and when men go in ice caves.

Ice caves are manmade security constructions used by mountain climbers to wait out storms or used when injury prevents further safe climbing; such was the case with Kelly when his hand became injured. It was at that time the other two, left the cave to get help for their friend without success. Fatal health condition; hypothermia occurs in a short time when inadequate or damp clothing along with an injury are present. Furthermore, the exact location of these ice caves is somewhat impaired by the fallen or blowing white snow.

Mount Hood is considered a dormant volcano with the last documented minor eruption in August 1907, however seismic activity has been documented in 1980 and 2002. According to the United States National Geodetic Survey the last documented major eruption was in 1866.

Health and safety gear to adequately climb Mount Hood could elude the minds of the inexperienced but even men who begin with minimum equipment only planning a brief accent and decent as the three friends did in December 2006. It is when an injury occurs, as it did for Kelly, that plans drastically change for the entire team. Monitoring weather conditions prior to the climb are necessary, yet can quickly change creating grave health conditions.

In some places steep slopes profile the sides of this lone mountain affecting mental aquity with the increased altitude. These slopes provide crevices where rescuers have discovered created ice caves that  people have been found alive during past volunteer rescue attempts. Blowing snow, especially ground storms, swirling snow plays tricks on the mind distorting what once was seen on a map, but changes with these conditions. 

Mount Hood is situated near Trillium Lake in the north western part of Oregon. What begins as a clear, non windy day can easily turn into a sudden stormy situation on Mount Hood. The winds can swirl in an almost multi directional path with increasing speed creating plummeting temperatures adding to health concerns of men as they continue a climb to the peak of the mountain or even begin a decent. The nearby Columbia River Gorge can drastically affect weather conditions at a rapid rate. With the uncertainty of the wind direction, snow can easily be lifted which is when ground storms are formed. There is a virtual white out when these are present lasting from minutes to even days . Temperature fluctuations can create avalanches on the Mount any time of year.

Not all the unsuccessful climbers ended in fatality, however many needed professional, volunteered rescuing. The Mount can affect ones judgment as the altitude changes for climbers as well as the directional savvy being compromised with ground swirls or storms mentioned above. Full winter, ice gear and navigational devices along with a map are needed to even begin a climb on Mount Hood. Some highly recommended mountain climbing gear and information is advised and given to all climbers, even experienced men. There is limited cell phone reception on Mount Hood to call for help in emergency health conditions.

Resources and photograph of Mount Hood provided by

Roberta Baxter

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Comments (9)

I'm not sure I have an innate need to exercise and conquer, but I do like climbing mountains in the Lake District, northern England. Thanks for a very enjoyable piece.

Excellent info about this mountain, Rob. You are well opportuned to gain a picture of this mountain by yourself because the reflection on the water looks awesome.

Deep blue, I am not the photographer of the Mount Hood picture, but obtained it from wikipedia.

Excellent article. Very interesting and very well written.

Very interesting and well written. Voted up!

Wish to climb this one, too..

I also like climbing the mountain when i have time. It's another good form of exercise.

Another winning piece of work, Roberta. This is great.

Looks like a bit of a challenge, good on them!