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Liba Kopeckovavery windy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2013

Liba Kopeckova

Very windy day, with my friend. East slopes were mostly free of snow - it was blown off, but at lower sections we got buried it deep snow.
Posted Oct 20, 2013 9:37 pm

ScottHelen  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2013

Scott

April 26

Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly and I set off for Francies Cabin (11,360 feet) along Crystal Creek in the Tenmile Range. We got a later start than hoped for and didn’t leave until 8:10 PM, which is after sunset. Because it was after sunset and because we thought that we had forgotten our lights, we quickly snowshoed up the trail as quickly as possible.

We chose to take the shorter, but much steeper route. The second half of the route was completed by starlight. We were afraid that finding the cabin would be difficult, but luckily we found it without any problems. We had made the route in one hour, half of what the guidebook said it would take.

After getting to the cabin, we found out that we had actually had our lights stashed in Kessler’s backpack all along! There were several other people in the cabin as well.

April 27

No one else wanted to climb a peak, so I set off alone towards Mt Helen (13,164 feet). With the recent storms, I chose Mt Helen because I thought Peak 10 (which was the original plan) would carry less risk. The snow was now the deepest of the season and much deeper than it was in the mostly dry winter.

I chose to climb up the rock ribs in order to reach the ridge because I thought the snow would be shallow and not risky. The rock ribs actually turned out to be quite difficult and I had to use my iceaxe on the slope between the rocks. I probably should have taken the standard route. There was a little unstable snow, but most of it was more stable than expected.

Once on the ridge, the snow was stable and it was a direct climb straight to the summit. It was a bit windy, but otherwise the weather was great.

I took a rest on the summit in order to take several photographs. I was the first to sign the summit register since November 8 2012, but wondering how many ascents of the peak there were over the past winter season. Probably not that many, but at least a few.

I took the about the same route down, but had a nice glissade next to the trees. Because it was still fairly early, the snow was pretty stable, but I wouldn’t want to do it in the afternoon. The climb had taken 2 hours 20 minutes up and 40 minutes down.

Posted Apr 29, 2013 2:50 pm

habaceebaHad to bail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

habaceeba

Nice, easy slope. Made it to the high point on the ridge between Helen and Father Dyer on my way to Crystal. Clouds were building too fast for my comfort and I decided to bail down a grassy slope into the Spruce Creek drainage. It was the right call because the storms rolled in shortly after.
Posted Sep 3, 2012 5:36 pm

MattKFun Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011

MattK

What a great day! Headed up the unrelenting slopes of Helen and then traversed to Father Dyer and then on to Crystal. Wanted to head over to Peak 9 and 10, but were stormed off at Crystal.
Posted Nov 29, 2011 3:04 pm

DharmaBum1984East Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

DharmaBum1984

Climbed as part of the Helen-Father Dyer-Crystal Ridge in near perfect weather. Very fun ridge.
Posted Jan 9, 2009 1:16 am

Sarah SimonEast Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

Sarah Simon

My first attempt being twarted by late-morning lightening, I was happy to return to Mount Helen. The variety of wildflowers on her east slope make the uphill slog much less painful. I really enjoyed the views from the summit, and the weather held out allowing us to kick back for close to an hour and eat, sun ourselves and relax. Partner: Carol.
Posted Aug 3, 2008 11:11 pm

mtnhiker13East Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

mtnhiker13

Nice steep tundra to get your legs in shape. Great views of Father Dyer and Crystal and basin below. Enjoyable nap on the summit.
Posted Jul 20, 2007 6:59 pm

Eric HolleEast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2007

Eric Holle

Nice solo hike in early spring conditions.
Posted Mar 22, 2007 1:12 pm

Brian KaletEast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007

Brian Kalet

Skied from the summit!
Posted Mar 5, 2007 6:34 pm

GahugafugaEast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2006

Gahugafuga

First peak on my loop around the Spruce Creek drainage. Continued on to Father Dyer then Crystal and finally Pk 10.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 7:09 pm

Foxy Long Bottoms..  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006

Foxy Long Bottoms

Nice
Posted Jul 26, 2006 1:13 am

chicagotransplantFather Dyer/Mt Helen  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006

chicagotransplant

Climbed with gurlyclimber as part of a traverse from Father Dyer Peak. The class 3 ridge that connects the two is really fun, a sort of mini-Ellingwood Ridge (LaPlata).
Posted Jul 24, 2006 3:52 pm

AsphazellEast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

Asphazell

First of three ascents this day, good views from this mountain!
Posted Jul 20, 2006 3:33 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

altitude14er

I did the east slopes, then the class 4 ridge to Father Dyer (Would have been easier Class 3 off of the ridge top). From there I bagged Crystal Peak. Three 13ers in a day was brutal for my legs!
Posted Jul 19, 2006 5:21 am

Ryan KowalskiEast Slopes to Father Dyer and Crystal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2005

Ryan Kowalski

That's one steep slope! The scramble to Father Dyer was an absolute gem
Posted May 20, 2006 3:55 am

RyanSRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: July 4, 2005  Sucess!

RyanS

Climbed Mount Helen as the first section of a long loop including Father Dyer, Crystal, Pacific & Atlantic. Loved the scramble from Helen to Father Dyer! We finished with a traverse back east along Pacific's east ridge.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 3:06 pm

skiitswitchRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: June 26, 2005  Sucess!

skiitswitch

Gorgeous day, and like any good summit experience, the winds picked up and snow fell on us! Would be a great slope to ski in the winter!
Posted Jun 26, 2005 4:02 pm

bds670Route Climbed: East Slope Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2005  Sucess!
Pretty unstable snow down lower. Was a great day out with friends (incl miztflip).
Posted May 24, 2005 11:10 pm

mdavenport2Route Climbed: East slopes with continuation to Father Dyer Date Climbed: September 18, 2004  Sucess!

mdavenport2

Climbed Helen, Father Dyer and Crystal Peak on a beautiful Fall day. Helen's east slopes are simple and relentless. Ridge to Father Dyer is rugged and fun. Helen makes a great early season training climb.
Posted May 24, 2005 6:22 pm

miztflipRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: February 5, 2005  Sucess!

miztflip

Great outing with friends. Not alot of snow but very high winds. Great views of the surrounding peaks.
Posted May 18, 2005 11:19 pm

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