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James CRoute Climbed: Moniter Ridge Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!

James C

The climb was amazing, i was only 11 at the time. We climbed it when it was covered in snow. Many people had ice axes and crampons, my family only had pants and boots. The view of the crater is amazing. Yo cant get too close to the edge to to a huge cornice.
Posted Apr 4, 2005 5:28 pm

BlakesterRoute Climbed: Swift Creek Date Climbed: April 2004  Sucess!


Skied from the top, sunny day, nice ride down. If it's hot out, it would be best to leave early so you can enjoy some non-slushy snow on the turns down.
Posted Feb 14, 2005 8:55 pm

Franz77Route Climbed: Monitor ridge from climber Bivouac Date Climbed: 17 May 2004  Sucess!


Me, Marantz and Paglia at the first skiing of our American tour to Cascades volcanous. Great snow, great weather. Impressive the top!!! Unfurgettable!!!
Posted Feb 10, 2005 2:44 am

Andy DeweyRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: May 13, 2000  Sucess!

Andy Dewey

Nice easy climb, weather was great but turned sour on top. Had a short view of steam coming from the crater. Clouds rolled in and wind was blowing extremely hard.
Posted Feb 3, 2005 3:12 pm

captainronRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 15, 2001  Sucess!


First climb ever! An awesome experience! The only problem was there were about 15 wild fires that year and I could only see about 1 mile or so worth of visibility from the summit. I didn't get to see any of the surrounding mountains. Very disappointing!

I Want to do it again whenever I am back in the area and it is reopened for climbing.

Posted Jan 16, 2005 10:43 pm

SummitQueenRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: Mid-July 2003  Sucess!


Got up early morning with dad to start climb. Great weather, practically no clouds in the sky at the trailhead. Nice easy trail for a couple of miles in the trees. Got above the treeline, big boulder fields. That was interesting hiking up them. Lasted another mile or so. Then came the pumus and scree slopes, fun stuff. Reached the summit in the early afternoon. Great photo opportunities. You could see Mt. Adams to the east, Mt. Rainier to the north, and Mt. Hood to the south. The crater was fantastic to look at, bits of steam coming up. My first volcano climb.
Posted Nov 25, 2004 2:44 pm

NormanRoute Climbed: Frosythe Glacier Date Climbed: circa 1970  Sucess!


With all the attention that St. Helens is getting, I thought someone might get a kick out of the old St. Helens. I scanned some old slides of this now, non-existent route.
Posted Oct 17, 2004 12:00 am

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: September 18, 2003

Brian Jenkins

Well, we both kinda knew it would be doubtful we'd hit the summit. My friend Isaac was in town from MN to try to climb something like Baker or Rainier but with the storms and recent snow dumps, we decided to try something tamer with crevasseless non-avalanchey terrain.

Only about 20 others on the mountain this day as it was raining for the first 1000 feet or so. Then wet snow, then about 5500-6000 feet, it was full-on ice-pellets-in-the-face, high winds, postholing fun. And there are 3 more days of summer left!

About 7500 feet at the last post, I had already placed several wands between posts due to crappy visibility. Visibility went to maybe 40 feet or so and the winds were maybe 50 mph. Was starting to get turned around in the swirling snow so we decided to head back down. Slowly we inched our way down weaving back and forth to try to find the posts. Was lucky to find all my wands in the mess and we headed back down and on to Jack's for some hot food.

So, I am only 1 for 3 on this volcano and still never had any decent views. Maybe I'll hit this one again on a nice weekend once the permits are done for the year. Still had a good time though since we were out on a mountain.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 7:03 pm

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!


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!


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

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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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

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