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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

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

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

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