Ric went to Mt. Hood last weekend with a few of his friends, to go ice climbing on a small part of the massive glacier near the peak. This area is called Cooper's Spur. I know it looks small, but it's really far away and incomprehensibly big; I've never been this high on the mountain, and personally I am a little bit chicken to go ice climbing around crevasses after the amount of movies I saw and books I read that involved highly trained professionals getting seriously injured or dying.
In this picture, Ric and his friend are ascending the ice river. They are climbing around 9,000 feet high, and are on Palmer Glacier. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano, and reaches a height of 11,249 feet. It is the highest mountain/volcano in the state. Mount Hood is second only to Japan's Mt. Fuji in the number of climbers reaching the summit. Below is a picture of Ric's friend climbing up an ice wall, using hand picks and wearing crampons on his boots.