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Timberline Mountain Guides - Day Tour

#32 of 67 Tours in Bend
Bend, OR, USA
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About Timberline Mountain Guides - Day Tour
Timberline Mountain Guides are professional guides who lead climbers to mountain summits, up sheer rock walls, and down snowy slopes on skis and snowboards. We instruct technique, movement, and technical skills and we are local experts on the classic climbs of the Pacific Northwest, including Mount Hood, Smith Rock, and the North Cascades National Park. AMGA Accredited
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T Harmon wrote a review Jul 2020
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Arizonans at Mt Hood w/ TMG June 2020 Being at Hood for my first time ever with my two sons and friends- I too climbed Hood with my two sons and two friends in June 2020, and I also did not peak- but I have a far different impression. The area and the mountain were fantastic. The photos we took during the 5000 ft ascent are awesome. The guides Brendan and Adam were excellent with instruction and guidance with a wide range (minimal to quite experienced) of climbing experience among-st us five. I saw the guides conduct a very good assessment of our group and our equipment before Brendan took us out for a multihour instruction session in the snow. I noted great consideration given to the dual goals of peaking and safety by Brendan and Adam. Two of the five of us did not summit- BUT I believe safety issues prevailed. One of my sons had severe bilateral thigh cramps unremitting to normal treatment measures. Some of the same issues beset other climbers in our group only allowing one of sons and my primary climbing friend to peak. I have NO heartburn with that- the only successful climb is one where you make it back. Bear this in mind: - an ultra experienced climber died in 2012 on hood- check it out it is easy to find on the web There certainly is risk that these guides are trained to recognize- in the terrain, the weather and in us!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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G K wrote a review Jun 2020
Lacey, Washington13 contributions5 helpful votes
NOTE: A week after I originally posted this review the manager of Timberline Guides, Pete called me and offered to refund me or to enroll me in another guided climb. This was my 2nd attempt at Mt Hood, and my guide kept looking for reasons NOT to summit. I estimate we were 600 ft from the summit when this jerk aborted. About 3 hours into the climb the guide started talking about the snow being superficially frozen and we might not summit. I wanted to take more breaks, but this guy refused and kept harpin that we were running out of time and the sun would make it unsafe. I said, “I thought that is why we left at midnight”. He could tell I was not happy. I even told him that he was demotivating. I purposely slowed down a bit. We were at the Hog’s Back, the final pitch before the summit at approximately 5:00 AM, which I thought was pretty good. We got to that point in 5 hours and that was a 5,000-elevation gain from Timberline Lodge. The weather was outstanding. On the Hog’s Back (photo) I slipped and fell to my knees and slightly tightened the short rope and this turd used that as a reason to abort. There were plenty of people not using a guide. There were plenty of people not using ropes. There were plenty of people enjoying their summit.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Sarah L wrote a review Jun 2018
Kirkland, Washington17 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I recently became obsessed with mountaineering and living in the Pacific Northwest we decided that after standing on the Summits of Rainier, Baker, Adams, and Helens that we should head to Oregon and climb down there! After researching guided programs on Mount Hood I found Timberline Mountain Guides and then I saw an option for a stay at a hut prior to our alpine start for the summit. This idea sounds incredible compared to the freezing cold tents we usually sleep in prior to climbing to the top of a mountain! Why not spoil ourselves and see what this hut life is all about! This was such an amazing program, our guides were extremely knowledgeable and they had a great snow school the day before our summit attempt. Even though I felt comfortable with my ice ax and crampons I definitely learned some new techniques which really helped me enjoy the steep climbing up through the Pearly Gates the next morning. After our training we then took our first snow cat ride up to the Silcox hut and this place blew us away. The hut keeper Steve was amazing and prepared an incredible dinner and two breakfasts the next morning; one prior to our climb and then a celebratory waffle feast after our summit! The climb up to the summit was also fantastic, our guides were very skilled and just a joy to be around. We were blessed with amazing weather that day and had no problems making it to the summit and back down the mountain for waffles with Steve :). This was a nice change throwing in a hut stay during a mountaineering trip! I would climb with Timberline Mountain Guides again in a heart beat. I hope to climb and/or ski with Chris, Aaron, and Lucas some time soon! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up on the whole experience!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Lucyan wrote a review Jun 2018
Seattle, Washington869 contributions199 helpful votes
We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, but specifically Lucas Novak who was not just very professional but super friendly and repeatable. So kudos to him. The program did not go as planned due to increment weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. i would recommend going with them if its your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Dominic V wrote a review Jun 2017
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Reached the summit of Mt. Hood with TMG. The guide, John, was incredible. I had considerable anxiety going into the climb, but John's calm demeanor and professionalism quickly quieted my worry. He expertly guided our group to the top and back without any glitches. I would highly recommend TMG, and especially John, for anyone looking for an experience of a lifetime.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Response from Clifford A, Owner at Timberline Mountain Guides - Day Tour
Responded Jun 20, 2017
Hey there Dominic, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our company and John's guiding on Trip Advisor. We really appreciate getting this feedback and we're really happy that this was a good experience for you. We'd love to see you again in the mountains, and we have many options for your next step in the mountains. Give the office a call when you're ready for another climbing trip and we'd be happy to help you decide what kind of adventure and education you want next. Cheers, Cliff
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