The end of this month, I'd like to try climbing Mt. Adams with my daughters--11 & 18 yo. Both are solid hikers. Looking at staying the night at Cold Springs Campground, along with my wife and 3 yo. We'll head out in the morning and climb the South Spur route while my wife and son remain in camp.
I'm not a climber (I've done a little non-techical peak-bagging), but my understanding is this a walk-up route. I have no problem with snow travel. I've looked at the route info here: http://www.summitpost.org/south-spur/155590.
I assume we should be carrying clothes for bad weather, and emergency bivouac gear (sleeping bags/quilts, tarp, stove). Too much/too little? I'm wondering how necessary crampons and ice axe are--we'd like to glissade down, and will carry trekking poles.
The trip will likely be mid-week, and happen on our way home from a few days on the Oregon coast. Obviously, if the weather looks bad, we'd bail.
As I say, any advice from folks who've done this route would be great. My father-in-law climbed Adams as a young boy scout, but that was about 60 years ago.