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mountain medicRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!

mountain medic

My buddy Jason and I climbed it on a heck of a hot day. I had a lousy backpack, and as soon as we hit timberline, the zipper broke open, and I watched all of my precious water soak into the ash 10 ft below. Not wanting to turn back (After the lottery at Jacks!) I bummed off my partner. An outstanding hike, but I was way dehydrated and sick for 2 days! Still worth it though. Hope to do it again someday!
Posted Dec 30, 2005 4:54 pm

setrentRoute Climbed: Swift Creek Date Climbed: 10 April, 2004  Sucess!
An excellent ski ascent.
Posted Dec 26, 2005 9:54 pm

mandrakeRoute Climbed: Swift Creek Date Climbed: May 13, 2004  Sucess!


Bit clouded in on the summit, but otherwise great climb.
Posted Oct 31, 2005 7:47 pm

indianhillstedRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!
Great day, low clouds, 3000ft glissade!
Posted Oct 28, 2005 5:19 pm

Franko1946Route Climbed: Dog's Head Date Climbed: June 1977  Sucess!
As we crossed the crater we joked about the mountain erupting (at this time there was no hint of what was to come).
Posted Oct 2, 2005 11:12 pm

Brian FrederickRoute Climbed: Leschi Glacier (deceased) Date Climbed: july 1979  Sucess!

Brian Frederick

Climbed just months before the first blow almost right over the blast site. This was an absolutely beautiful mountain.
Posted Sep 29, 2005 9:53 pm

diceyRoute Climbed: worm flow Date Climbed: 1999,2000,2001  Sucess!
Fun spring ski/snowboard destination
Posted Sep 21, 2005 12:55 pm

SusanMRoute Climbed: Surrounding areas Date Climbed: September 4, 2005


All my intentions to climb this peak were there, but the restrictions are still in place. Still, there are multiple beautiful hikes to do in the surrounding areas, which made the trip worth it.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 7:24 am

vancouver islanderRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 12, 2000  Sucess!

vancouver islander

Straightforward solo walk up from Climber's Bivouac. Left at 7am, summit just before noon. Climbed on snow whenever possible. Crystal clear air quality on top with spectacular views. This was only my second Cascade volcano so the views were all new and all the more breathtaking for it. I never got better clarity on any of my subsequent climbs. Found a descent route completely on snow and down in 1.5h - to find my truck had a flat. The only negative in an outstanding day. Hope the mountain will re-open to climbing one day.
Posted Sep 2, 2005 6:21 pm

2skinnersRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: September 24, 2004  Sucess!


I climbed this mountain with my nephew, Jeff. This was my first REAL mountain that I have climbed and now I am hooked. My wife did not have the energy to climb this mountain but she hung out with her friend at the Johnston Observatory across from the summit wondering what all the news vans were doing there. Apparently, the mountain decided to wake up and there had been hundreds of earthquakes unbeknownst to me or my nephew. However, I did summit and had my first experience glissading which was a blast and it shaved time off of my descent. The Mountain was closed down for climbing after the next day and has not reopened since due to increased volcanic activity. I feel truly blessed to have been one of the last people to have summited this great peak. The next morning we were camped out a Silver Lake and my wife awoke to an earthquake early in the morning, so I made the executive suggestion that we all drive up to the Mountain and watch the sunrise. Not a smart idea, but hey the sunrise was pretty even if I was the only one awake to enjoy it. The mountain "Burped," impressively I might add a week later. I Definately will climb this magnificent peak again if it ever allows us to. I also must add that since seeing my pictures from the summit of St. Helens my wife has started climbing with me and is now hooked too.
Posted Aug 24, 2005 5:53 am

jnoffsingerRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: November 1, 2003  Sucess!


Spectacular! Much different climb than Colorado 14ers. More elevation gain, but less altitude. I cruised up to the ridge solo. Very clear day. Great views of Adams, Hood, and Rainier.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 10:26 pm

bbirtleRoute Climbed: Normal/Tourist Route Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1999  Sucess!


Good fun with three good friends, but unfortunately all in near white out. Followed a rock ridge, although thinking back on it it probably would have been easier to ski up or climb up with crampons the snow ridge just to the left. Would be nice to do again in good weather.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 12:54 pm

DagiTigRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: June 12, 2004  Sucess!


What a great day for climbing! The snow conditions were excellent with good steps all the way up (no crampons needed). My first attempt at glissading, and I'm hooked!
Posted Jun 8, 2005 2:16 pm

shunraRoute Climbed: From Climbers' Bivouac Date Climbed: 11 September 2004  Sucess!
Good way to avoid the hysteria of this day.

Climbed to the rim. Excellent weather conditions.
Posted Jun 2, 2005 8:30 pm

roger3kRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: March 21, 2004  Sucess!


My first mountain! I remember the eruption as a child and could see the mountain from my home in Central Washington, it only took 20+ more years to climb it!
Posted May 3, 2005 2:24 am

Alpine EricRoute Climbed: Moitor Ridge Date Climbed: May 1, 2000  Sucess!
When I lived in Seattle I skied St. Helens every year just before the season requiring a permit to climb started in June.
Posted Apr 29, 2005 4:04 pm

Derek FranzenRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 10 2003  Sucess!

Derek Franzen

With daughter Kelsi, 2 hours from climbers bivouac. Just didn't realize how huge the area of devastation was from the original eruption.
Posted Apr 26, 2005 10:47 am

brusyRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!


We were lucky it was raining a lot both days before our hike. The ash was firm so it was easy hike rewarded with nice view on Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams ?? Everything else was under the clouds...
Posted Apr 18, 2005 7:18 pm

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

Dan WinterRoute Climbed: Moniter Ridge Date Climbed: 5/6/01  Sucess!

Dan Winter

This was my first Volcano summit and a blast. Since then I have been back to climb the Worm Flows route 3 times. I snowboared down the last 2 times. Glad I did before the darn mountain started blowing up again. Hopefully I will get to go back and do it again.
Posted Mar 20, 2005 10:13 pm

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