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Don NelsenRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: Oct. 2nd, 1993  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

This was a great day for climbing - there was a strong temperature inversion and while it was 45 degrees at my house in Vancouver, it was 65 degrees at the trailhead when I arrived just before sunrise.



Got to the summit in an hour 45 minutes and was treated to incredible views.



I've climbed St. Helens about a dozen times since this first summit and it's always an awe inspiring trip.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 2:10 pm

peakbaggerRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!

peakbagger

Amazing day on the volcano. Clear as a bell. Awe inspiring views of Rainier, Baker, Hood, and Jefferson.



Thought I would cruise this "easy" Cascades peak, and did travel fast (3&1/2 hrs. to the summit), but don't be fooled as I did-it's a big hike. Non-technical, but big for a southwesterner such as myself.



Interesting from a geological standpoint as well.
Posted Sep 8, 2004 10:36 pm

peakbaggerRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!

peakbagger

Amazing day on the volcano. Clear as a bell. Awe inspiring views of Rainier, Baker, Hood, and Jefferson.



Thought I would cruise this "easy" Cascades peak, and did travel fast (3&1/2 hrs. to the summit), but don't be fooled as I did-it's a big hike. Non-technical, but big for a southwesterner such as myself.



Interesting from a geological standpoint as well.
Posted Sep 8, 2004 10:35 pm

physicsRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 6, 2004  Sucess!

physics

climbed it with my dad; we began fairly early in the morning (~5:45 AM) we were able to get up and down pretty much by ourselves; upon talking with the gentleman at the offical climber's registration stop, it seems that even if you did not get a permit ahead of time there is no fear of loosing the daily lottery because it never fills up
Posted Aug 22, 2004 8:42 pm

WallylongridgeRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 8, 04  Sucess!

Wallylongridge

This is a fun Hike & climb up a Cascade peak. We started at 5:30am to beat the heat and most of the other hiker's. A nice warm up for 2 miles before you hit the Ridge. Then its up and up to the crater rim and the Summit on the Left. Great views of Rainier, Adams and Hood.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 12:17 pm

amochkaRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 6, 2004  Sucess!

amochka

Started climb in mist along Monitor Ridge, beautiful start, nice views. Weather began to really decline at last 600 feet. 30-40 mph winds with sleet at summit, and we were facing into the wind on descent. Not exactly a nice summer climb, but a good clothing/gear shakedown to figure out what was waterproof and what was decidedly NOT.

Posted Aug 7, 2004 12:42 pm

Erik ZadowRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 28, 2004  Sucess!
Snow-free all the way. Summitted in a little under 3 hours. Was a little suprised at the extent of the boulder scrambles, (not difficult,) that comprised the middle 2000 feet or so of this route. I'd been putting off getting the permit and going up high here for years, and wasn't disappointed. Quite the contrary, this is a very fun, direct, fairly easy route with spectacular views, and I doubt the quota of 100 people was present today. A lot of smoke which unfortuately blocked out Rainier. But the changing topography and views make it a great climb, and if you've never seen the crater from the top, you are missing out the greatest view of a mind-boggling spectacle. Wow!
Posted Jul 28, 2004 10:24 pm

jtostenrRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 24, 2004  Sucess!

jtostenr

Started at 5:45AM at trailhead to beat the heat. No snow at the trailhead. We could have avoided snow all the way to the top, but chose to climb up a couple sections since it was easier than the rocks.



Hit the crater rim at about 9:15 and the weather was still nice, we had managed to stay in the shade most of the morning. It didn't start heating up until we had began our descent. By the time we got back to the car it was easily in the 90s.



Really nice hike, lots of pumice and great views from the top.
Posted Jul 26, 2004 2:26 am

aishvRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: April 3rd, 2004  Sucess!
Climb Party: Ercan, John, Aish



Summitted St. Helens via the Worm Flows route. Late start from TH (Marble mountain) at 08:30. Reached summit at 14:45. Glissaded down most of the way. Reached TH just before dark at 18:30. Slow descent due to John's bad knee / feet and dehydration.
Posted Jul 5, 2004 1:03 pm

PawkalaRoute Climbed: Swift Creek Drainage Date Climbed: March 2004  Sucess!

Pawkala

Have climbed it twice. The first time was in the summer of 2002. Was a hot, dusty, overcrowded slog up monitor ridge with the only reward at the top. St. Helens has probably got the best view of any Mt I have been on. Raineir, Adams, and Hood are looming seemingly an arm reach away and the blown out crater is absolutely amazing. But I vowed to never do it again in the summer. The second climb was in March of 2004 in the middle of the week. We had perfect weather. We had 3-4 full sun days prior to our climb and full sun both days of the climb. We started at 2200 feet from the gate and snowshoed into timberline up the Swift Creek Drainage. Set up a snow camp and slept like babies until a 6 am awakening and frozen path up the beautifully blanketed slopes. The summit was almost too warm and beautiful to believe with only 2 other parties seen all the time. Will do it again and am looking forward to it.
Posted Jul 2, 2004 12:26 am

belleofthewellRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 22, 2002  Sucess!

belleofthewell

This was my first summit attempt with my best friend and was an amazing trip which inspired a pact to keep climbing.

From the begining of our day, where a line of lights tripped up the mountain in front of us, to the blazing hot trip down, it was gorgeous. But the view from the top, looking down into the side of the mountain was unlike anything I have seen before or since.

Lesson learned? Gaiters; there not just for snow any more. Boy did I wish I had a pair as I dug ash and pummice out of my shoes!
Posted Jun 24, 2004 2:47 am

SoupRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

Soup

We had thunder and lightning the night before but it cleared by 8pm. My buddy and I hit the the trail by 4am and had clear skies with a very small bit of wind for the whole trip up.



The ridges were all exposed and crampons were nice to have (especially earlier in the am) but were not necessary. We summited by 9:30am with about twenty others and spent about half an hour there looking around.



Glissaded down... the best!... and returned to the car by 11:30am to watch another system of thunder and lightning roll in. Great times!
Posted Jun 20, 2004 7:46 pm

modeboyRoute Climbed: monitor ridge Date Climbed: 6-4-2004  Sucess!
awesome day, real warm from the beginning. snow starts right at the trailhead. ridges are open almost all of the way up. little to no wind until the summit. excellent view from the top. glacading was awesome all of the way down.
Posted Jun 8, 2004 11:29 am

sethRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: May 18, 1994  Sucess!

seth

Bivied in the parking lot, and up at the crack o' dawn to summit in crystal clear blue skies. Super fun glissade back down. Gotta do that one again sometime, just for the ride down. Snowboard maybe?
Posted Apr 30, 2004 7:04 pm

MoniRoute Climbed: Forsyth Glacier Date Climbed: 8 June 1975  Sucess!

Moni

With Fred Spicker.



Nothing like climbing a limited edition route - certainly never expected to have it become part of our garden!
Posted Apr 9, 2004 6:39 pm

esugiRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Route Date Climbed: April 4, 2004  Sucess!

esugi

Started out at 4:00am from Marble Mountain Snow Park. I had my snowboard and was looking forward to a good ride down. Snow pretty much started from the trailhead. Snow was very firm early on and once above treeline, we cramponed up. Made easy going until about 500 vertical feet from the summit when we got steady wind of about 35-40 mph. We pushed on and when we reached the summit, the wind had died down. We made the summit in 5hr 20 min. Beautiful day and we could see as far as Mt. Jefferson to the south. The sun was warming up the slopes pretty fast and I had a blast going down.
Posted Apr 5, 2004 11:09 pm

e.acarRoute Climbed: Worm flows Date Climbed: April 3rd, 2004  Sucess!
Sunny day with no winds. Climbed with Aish and John. Started at 8:15 am, reached the summit 2:00pm. Glidased all the way. Snow was soft. Had to use snow shoes on the trail in the woods.
Posted Apr 4, 2004 1:05 pm

cmc56789Route Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: March 23, 2004  Sucess!

cmc56789

I left the Marble Mountain Sno-Park around 12:30 and summited at 6:50AM. The top was pretty windy, so i didn't stick around as long as I normally would, but I did see yet another beautiful sunrise with the summit to myself. I had to wait a little longer than anticipated for the snow to soften up for glissading, which made for some pretty slow going at first, but once it warmed up I had a nice glissade down. I saw 10 people and 1 dog going up as I was going down. Not dealing with the huge crowds on the Monitor Ridge route later in the season made the added work of this route well worth doing.
Posted Mar 24, 2004 8:27 pm

modeboyRoute Climbed: worm flows Date Climbed: march 20, 2004  Sucess!
nice spring day. a little windy just after timberline, but shortly after that no wind until the summit. wind chill made the summit a little too cold to stay long. great view from the top. snow is still really deep so if you are walking and the weather is nice you will tend to sink a few feet. overall great trip.
Posted Mar 23, 2004 6:38 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!

Chris

Summitted in a white out. Couldn't see a thing, almost walked off into the crater, but the clouds cleared just in time! I'm sure the view is normally awesome from the top (well, at least what's now the top).
Posted Mar 22, 2004 10:43 pm

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