Congrats on the summit.
We were on the Old Chute route Thursday morning for my first Hood climb and hate to admit arrived too late. Our group of four ascended about halfway up before bailing back down to the Hogsback after deciding it just wasn't safe. There was a traffic jam at the top where the Mazamas club had set up a fixed line for their members to descend after summiting. The snow was still in decent shape when we turned around, but it was very warm and we were concerned about softened snow for the descent. Besides that, we kept seeing rock and ice come down and one of our guys got drilled in the wrist by a baseball-sized chunk of ice and my brother was almost hit by a falling rock.
A few minutes later, we were standing back on the Hogsback watching others continue up wondering if we were being overcautious, when all of a sudden we hear a shout and look up to watch a guy slide spinning from near the top of the chute all the way down 400-500' and drop hard 30' into the crevasse at the bottom of the fall line. I thought for sure he was dead, but he never tumbled and happened to land feet first on snow instead of rocks. I've never seen anything like that before and it keeps replaying over and over in my mind. Had we continued, once of us could easily have been directly below him when he fell. Bicycle helmet, no ice axe, and crampons in his backpack... WTF are people thinking?