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I was looking for advice at first and appreciate hearing peoples' thoughts, but now I guess I'm just sharing my experience and observations. I've been up Mt. Hood a few times since originally posting and have found that skinning is a nice option if the snow is right and especially down lower where it isn't as steep, but if it's pretty hard then it's nice to throw the skis on the back as it gets steeper and wear some lighter shoes or boots with crampons or snowshoes, which you need most of the time to summit anyway. I've noticed that at the lower elevations where the incline is less steep the skinners usually go faster than the climbers, at that starts to reverse and the climbers usually make better time as it gets steeper especially if traction gets tough. Thanks for the ideas.