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Snidely WhiplashWhite out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 1988

Snidely Whiplash

Back in the days before you needed a permit. Couldn't see a thing up there.
Posted Jan 2, 2011 12:59 pm

ExcitableBoyMonitor Ridge  Sucess!


Finally climbed St. Helens. Too bad the top was long gone by then.
Posted Dec 26, 2010 9:09 am

iquest4itWashington's Broken Top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2010


Having climbed this mountain dozens of times in all seasons, I'd have to say that climbing in a flowery dress and wide-brimmed hat on Mother's Day is special by any measure.
Posted Dec 25, 2010 7:34 am

letskeepmovinToo many beers (the night before)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1998


Really thought this was going to be a cake-walk so didn't train hard. That was mistake. Did ok with very bad hangover. Incredible views.
Posted Dec 21, 2010 8:01 pm

breauxtrahncrater crest not summit
Date Climbed: May 28, 2007


We made it up the 8200' crest, but didn't traverse over to the high point. Maybe I'll go back and do it again and we can get an mmHHm! earlier start.
Posted Dec 8, 2010 9:39 pm

LeviThree hours of sleep, 11 hours walking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2010


Climbed with a buddy of mine and my dog. We got a 5 am start and ended up getting a little lost in the dark. Snow starts about a mile into the trail and caused us to lose it. We waited for sunrise to find we were on a ridge across from Monitor Ridge. After a lot of bushwhacking we got on the right trail. It was very windy the entire day. We would sink to our waists in the snow by the rocks and my dog gave up about half way up. I had to carry him on my shoulders awhile but then he got his second wind. It was a tough one to make but it was worth it. The views were incredible without a cloud in the sky.
Posted Nov 4, 2010 1:57 pm

kevin trieuexpensive permit  Sucess!

kevin trieu

did it after climbing Liberty Ridge on Rainier. amazing sight of the missing half of the volcanoe.
Posted Oct 1, 2010 6:16 pm

maxhazegreat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1997
Posted Sep 29, 2010 3:53 pm

sastarWarm Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010
Second time climbing St. Helens in two years. Started out from Climbers Bivouac around 0845. Warm sunny day top to bottom. Very hazy at lower elevations and thunderheads could be seen off to the south around Mt. Jefferson. Still a lot of snow up at the top, especially inside the crater rim preventing a direct view down into the crater.
Posted Jul 31, 2010 12:52 am

Diggler1st Washington 'summit!'  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2010


Started out from the trailhead at 12.12 after late previous night coming up (to Beaver campground) from Hood- an adventure in itself.

Beautiful day- blue skies, birds chirping, etc. Uneventful hike up; took some breaks along the way & enjoyed the amazing views. Easier to hike on the snow. Seemingly as if to validate the maps' claims that there were indeed glaciers on the mountain, we saw several small crevasses en route, adding to the climb. As I thought, popping up at the rim was spectacular, with Rainier waiting for us on the other side! Crater (+ lava dome + mini glaciers inside) otherworldly. We could also see Adams, Hood (summited day before!), Jefferson, & barely the 3 Sisters! Summited a few minutes after 18.00. Stayed away from the crack at the summit cornice! Hung out, had some beer, & left 19.19. Perhaps the best ass glissading I've ever had- grooves worn into mountain by previous summiters were incredible! Due to the snow cover, we were able to descend glissading to virtually the level where the trail goes into the forest. Back at the parking lot 21.17, exhausted. Quite enjoyable campfire that night at the bivuoac, before leaving the Northwest the next morn. Great to do this amazing peak (my first Washington summit!) with Jake (thanks for driving down from Seattle, man) & Faith!! To Sean, from whom we got the permits- really sorry you couldn't make it yourself, but thanks so much- we had a great time.
Posted Jul 20, 2010 1:45 pm

jamesmc2Go Ski St. Helens!  Sucess!


Worm Flows is a fun straight forward route. Ascended on Skis the whole way. Wide open fun skiing the whole way down. Climbed with my friend Clint McMahill during our final year of med school.
Posted Jul 5, 2010 2:27 am

LakesideHikerHeavy Winds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1995


Beautiful day, but windy for last 1000 feet.
Posted Jul 4, 2010 7:34 pm

kraymesSki Monitor Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 1989


Great ski. Looped the LooWit trail in 2008 which was far more difficult due to washouts on the creek crossing.
Posted Jul 2, 2010 2:32 pm

nartrebbackup to the fallback  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2010


It ain't Rainier or Hood, but I had a lot of fun on this little climb. Excellent hard snow on a cloudy morning and huge glissades on a hot and sunny afternoon.
Posted Jul 1, 2010 6:21 pm

EastKingGreat glissades  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2010


Great views amd great glissades. See TR!
Posted Jun 30, 2010 1:57 am

mrbynumAtop a sea of clouds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009


Took the Swift Glacier route as the climbers bivy was still closed for the season (it was open two days later). Thin clouds surrounded the 6000 foot level however the trail was melted out enough that visibility was never an issue. Once we broke through the clouds it was crystal clear above us for the remaining 2000 ft.
Posted Jun 17, 2010 2:06 pm

davebobk47via Worm Flows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010


All day rain, turned to snow about 8k ft. No visibility, slushy snow. Not the best climbing experience.
Posted Jun 14, 2010 3:54 pm

Vinnymothers day madness  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2010


Who knew this tradition existed?
3 hours up in running shoes with skis on board for beautiful descent after hanging out waiting for sun to melt the snow.
Perfect weather, good company, fun turns.

a full TR is here:
Posted May 26, 2010 1:41 pm

HeyItsBenWorm flows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2010


Climbed with Tom Waggoner (below) and 2 other friends. Missed the views at the top due to low visibility but still a great day out with great peeps.
Posted May 17, 2010 2:33 am

climbnshootMothers' Day Madness  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2010


Started at 6:30am for a pleasant climb in the blue sky. Many people were in dresses... we learnt this is a tradition for mother's day. Snow became slushy after 2pm. Surprisingly there were still people on their way up at 3:30. Worm flows is the only approach right now... climbers' bivouac had a closed gate as of Saturday. The worm flows route tacks on another 1000 ft vertical which goes by quickly.

Posted May 11, 2010 12:08 am

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