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bosrs1Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: September 10, 2002  Sucess!
This was my first summit. I was in a group of 4 consisting of my friend, her friend and her mother. We set out around 10:30 or so from the Climber's Bivouac. Beyond treeline the worn path ends and it's pretty much every scrambler for themself over the sharp rocks. The rocks turn out to be a blessing however when you approach the top since it turns to ash as you come over the last ridge. You take a step back for every two forward. It's all worth it as you crest the top however as the destruction of the blast and crater itself stretch out before you. The views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams were outstanding that day. Mt. Hood was also visible though only in outline due to a bit of haze to the south. We summited around 4 pm and made it back to the car in 2 and a half hours. Bring Trekking Poles though because the ash is great for foot skiing on the way down.
Posted Oct 10, 2002 4:52 pm

crirwinRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 4, 2002  Sucess!


A nice summer day it certainly was not! Climbed with 12 yo son, 15 yo daughter, wife and friends. His 2nd summit in 6 weeks (see my other entry). Rain at Climbers Bivouac turned to hail, sleet and eventually snow when we reached the summit. Luckily, we were well prepared and warmly clothed except for forgetting an extra pair of gloves. Gale force winds the last 1000 feet to summit. Wind chill of around zero degrees. We saw some climbers who had turned back. But, many also continued on. Visibility of less than 50 feet. Couldn't even see into the crater. The route was snow free and completely different from our earlier climb. Despite the weather everyone had a fun time and we're psyched to do it again next year.
Posted Oct 8, 2002 1:51 pm

crirwinRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!


A gorgeous day on the mountain. First summit ever for my 12 yo son Jonathan and me. We climbed hand-in-hand the last few steps. Climbers Bivouac had just been plowed out the weekend before and the route was snow covered all the way to the summit. Bright sun and light winds at the summit. The view was spectacular - Rainier, Adams, and Hood. Jonathan especially enjoyed glissading down - especially the last pitch from Monitor Ridge back down to timberline. A day we'll never forget!!
Posted Oct 8, 2002 1:25 pm

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


4.5 hours roundtrip. Three words describe St. Helens....dusty, dusty and dusty! I love it all though.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:56 pm

mradventureRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 25, 2002  Sucess!


A great day for an enjoyable climb. The clouds socked in the valley below, but as we hiked through the forest the blanket was behind us. It warmed up to a comfortable temperature, the wind stayed at a calm breeze, and there was no snow on the route to reflect the sun's damaging rays. At the edge of the crater, the wind acted as a compressor and used the ash to sandblast our exposed legs. The camcorder filled with sand as did our mouths after taking a bite to eat. We quickly headed down the dusty, ash-laden slope to escape further damage and enjoyed the rest of our awesome experience climbing on the Great Northwest Volcano. My brother and I have decided that it would be a great winter climb, but we have yet to challenge the mountain's winter conditions. One really has to climb this mountain and see in person to comprehend the destruction and new formation from the May 18, 1980 eruption.
Posted Sep 29, 2002 9:38 pm

cluckRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 16, 2001  Sucess!


We left the Climbers Bivouac at 0600 to head up Monitor Ridge. After breaking treeline, the weather started to worsen and we got rain and sleet. By 7500 feet, it was snowing pretty hard and most of the rocks were covered with rime ice. At this point, every party ahead of us was turning back. We decided to press on and see how far we could get. Eventually, we came to the summit crater rim, snapped some quick photos, and beat feet for lower elevation and fairer weather conditions. The summit views were less than spectacular, but we did get a sense of accomplishment for having endured the weather.
Posted Sep 12, 2002 5:26 pm

lidijagrazulisRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 24, 2002  Sucess!


Incredible climb!! We got a later start than we had wanted (6:15am or so), but were still among the first to summit at around 9:30am. The view from the top was simply amazing! Stayed on the summit for over an hour watching as clouds built and swirled around us. Highly recommended!
Posted Sep 10, 2002 11:13 pm

magellanRoute Climbed: monitor ridge Date Climbed: june 27, 1999  Sucess!


The road to the climbers bivouac (3800') got plowed out the day before, saving many miles. We were informed of a situation, an overdue climber, separated from his party. Skamania county sheriff made us promise to walk him out if we saw him on the way to timberline camp.(4800') We saw no one, and were informed via cell phone that 'tom' had wandered out on his own. Two lonely mountaineers having too much fun telling stories instead of sleeping. Got going at 3:30 am. Didn't even need headlamps because of ambient june light. Some ridge scrambling, and a lot of snow. The last 800' had a stairway to the top, thank goodness. It was rock hard and we were cramponless. I can't believe we had the whole summit to ourselves! Frozen but happy, we started waking people up on the phone. Apparently, 7:00 am is too early to call on a Sunday. The fog, the sunrise, the avalanches in the crater, the other volcanoes, and the solitude all added up to an incredible climb. Irritated several groups trying to be the first up the mountain that day. We're view hogs! Back home to our wives in only 26 hours.
Posted Aug 26, 2002 9:49 pm

megan matthewsRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: july 31, 2002`  Sucess!
megan julia we are eight years old and we reached the top of the mountain. has anybody else reached the top that is 8?

on the way down I slid on my bum on the sand

I saw a rock slide in crater when I was on top

megan matthews

julia robertson
Posted Aug 20, 2002 9:28 am

Fred SpickerRoute Climbed: Forsyth Glacier Date Climbed: 8 June 1975

Fred Spicker

Climbed with Monica Spicker.

Never expected to have to shovel part of the route off my patio! Still haven't made it back over for a post eruption ascent.
Posted Jul 25, 2002 9:12 pm

AdamTreksRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!
Great day hike! It gets really hot on the summit though. Summit early and use sun screen!
Posted Jul 25, 2002 9:33 am

gratefuldanRoute Climbed: monitor ridge Date Climbed: 7/21/02  Sucess!
My wife and I camped at timberline Saturday night and summited Sunday morning. There was a group of 34 on the summit with us!!!!!! I do not know what the heck a group so large was doing up there, or why they were allowed more like?!?!. My friend proposed to his girlfriend on the summit-pretty exciting. That was my 5th time up-it doesn't get old! Route is snowfree, bugs were horrendous at timberline!
Posted Jul 22, 2002 9:45 am

jeffreykingRoute Climbed: Ptarmigan Trail to Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 12, 2002  Sucess!
I left at 3:00AM from below the Climber's Bivouac and summited at 5:00AM in time for sunrise over Mount Adams. I enjoyed solitude for most of the morning until the Bivouac party crowd started to arrive (one guy had a cigarette and Bud Light after summiting at 9:30AM). I noticed that the off trail sediment is extremely loose and likely to slide significantly in the future.
Posted Jul 15, 2002 12:13 pm

BicRungeeRoute Climbed: worm flows Date Climbed: April, 2000  Sucess!

With peter, robin, karin & robert. Skied crater rim to parking lot. Yee hah!
Posted Jul 10, 2002 4:33 pm

joeyjoemackRoute Climbed: Ptarmigan trail to Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: June 15th,2002  Sucess!
Climber's bivouac parking lot opened Friday afternoon. Skinned up through the trees, snow is thin and trashed with branches/cones/etc. Upper mountain was fun skiing down (corn snow, heavy in places). Got too far west and had to bushwack over lava ridges. Ugh!
Posted Jun 17, 2002 11:05 am

BentleyRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: June 3, 2002  Sucess!


My first ski mountaineering experience. Hauled my skis to the summit but my skiing abilities & noodly BC boards were unable to cope with the extremely sun-cupped conditions--ended up walking nearly the entire descent, turning into a really LONG day.

Had BEAUTIFUL weather with good views of Rainier, Adams, Hood, and Jefferson. All in all, a GREAT day!

What a view over that crater rim, though!
Posted Jun 10, 2002 9:35 am

7summitsRoute Climbed: Normal route, to real summit Date Climbed: end of August 2000  Sucess!


After the weird permit ritual we climbed nicely to the summit ridge where we continued to the real high point
Posted Jun 7, 2002 6:27 am

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: May 11, 2002  Sucess!


Ski ascent/Descent

Had to take skiis of around 6500 feet and haul from there. Beautiful day, and it was the last weekend of no limits on climbers passes so everyone was up there.

Posted Jun 3, 2002 1:12 pm

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: May 11, 2002  Sucess!


Ski ascent/Descent

Had to take skiis of around 6500 feet and haul from there. Beautiful day, and it was the last weekend of no limits on climbers passes so everyone was up there.

Posted Jun 3, 2002 1:12 pm

velodurtRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 22nd, 1994  Sucess!


What an amazing hike! I remember it like it was yesterday. It was so awesome to look down into the steaming crater. If you have the chance to climb this volcano then I highly recommend that you do. Being above the clouds on that ash covered trail is really awesome!

Natural Born Hikers

Posted Apr 8, 2002 10:20 am

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