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Rob RicksMonitor Ridge
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2004

Rob Ricks

Interesting little train-up effort. Really foul weather kept us from making the true summit. Probably a better early season climb.
Posted May 10, 2008 12:18 pm

peakrat76Dog's Head Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 1977

peakrat76

Climbed when it was still a whole peak! One of my favorites of all time. Climbed a second time with my new wife and we glissaded all the way from the top of the Dog's Head to the parking lot. Simply amazing. Spirit Lake was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been.
Posted Apr 23, 2008 3:30 pm

RyanTaro76Snowy March Solitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 1, 2000
We Skied into Climbers Bivuoac and huffed up then-frozen Moniter Ridge through some fresh slab avalanche debris. Summit was great, maybe 7-8 other people on top who had climbed from Butte Creek side. Grand views up to Mt. Baker and south to South Sister.
Posted Mar 5, 2008 2:24 pm

jeffryrocksuvery cool  Sucess!

jeffryrocksu

climbed it a few times always a fun 1 to climb
Posted Jan 1, 2008 1:55 am

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2004

bighornmonkey

I got the last day permit available. Climbed solo (ALONG WITH 99 OTHER PEOPLE on the mountain) to the top. Nice hike.
Posted Dec 27, 2007 4:10 am

cdogmom's day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2003

cdog

Mothers' day 2003 was my first time climbing MSH. My girlfriend Amy and I left the truck early and climbed up Monitor Ridge in snowshoes to the summit. We were probably the 3rd and 4th people up that day, with hundred of dress-clad college kids already on their way behind us to celebrate mom's day. Spectacular views of Rainier! Quick trip down the glissade tubes carved out from dozens of others sliding on their asses down the hill. Also encountered a few large groups of mountaineers & mazamas on their first climbs ever.
Posted Dec 23, 2007 12:30 pm

IceAxe18Worm Flow
Date Climbed: May 18, 2007

IceAxe18

My brother and I for the first time went on the Worm Flow route. We got up at around 4:00am & was on the trail around 5:00am. The day was so far nice and sunny. Along the way my brother and I took pictures and video taped. Then we got near the mountain to the point where we put on our crampons and started walking up this slope & we kept on going & I kept on looking back but no one ever passed us & wonder if we went off route. We had seen only one foot tracks that were maybe a couple of days old though, so me and my brother kept going and in between 6,000ft to 7,000ft we stopped & ate some food & drank some water. Then we were about to continue up when my brother said he was out of water, so we decided to turn around. Anyways we did have a good time even though we didn't summit.
Posted Dec 20, 2007 7:49 am

Karl HelserNot much snow...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2007

Karl Helser

Ok day for a St Helens summit. Weak system at, about 5000', surrounded the mountain early but clear blue above 5000' for a pleasant hike to the summit. Unfortunately one of those pesky mountain clouds was stuck on the summit blocking any chance of looking into the crater. Occasional strong gusts of wind. Not much snow on the trail so until the next system dumps snow you can wear your light hikers.
Posted Nov 6, 2007 8:08 am

adamschneiderBeautiful November day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2007

adamschneider

Since it was the first permit-free weekend of the season -- and a mild, sunny day at that -- there were a LOT of people up on Monitor Ridge. The view extended southward all the way to Jefferson and the Three Sisters, and we were all surprised by how prominent Rainier was to the north.

It was a very tough hike, but conditions were excellent: many patches of snow (snowshoes were completely unnecessary, although waterproof boots are a must), and the ash and grit was still wet from recent snowfall, so it held up pretty well. I measured the temperature as 46° on the way up, 41° at the summit, and low 50s on the way down. We glissaded on our butts for about 1/3 mile (about 700 vertical feet) down from the crater rim. Total round-trip time was just over 8 hours; we were in no hurry.
Posted Nov 4, 2007 12:05 pm

DoehleFantastic Oct Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2007

Doehle

Had a fantastic day to climb, admire the crater and get a good fill of glissading in nice snow conditions. Not surprising, we were not alone on the ridge. Monitor Ridge route, were able to travel mostly in snow.
Posted Oct 29, 2007 2:46 pm

KMMfirst climb  Sucess!

KMM

this is the climb the kicked off my climbing!
Posted Oct 7, 2007 1:44 am

mountaingazelleMonitor Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2007

mountaingazelle

I climbed Mt. Saint Helens with Chris. We had great weather the whole day. The trail is in good condition and the last 1,000 feet is made up of loose scree. Glad to finally look down into the crater rim of this mountain. It was a clear day so we were able to see Hood, Adams, and Rainier from the summit.
Posted Sep 18, 2007 2:12 am

mkpatrickMt. Saint Helens South Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2006

mkpatrick

Beautiful day to be on the mountain, great views of Rainier, Adams, Hood, and Spirit Lake. Small rockslide on the lava dome.
Posted Sep 14, 2007 3:47 pm

travelin_lightnot sure....  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2004

travelin_light

what route. Great ski descent though. Got lost somehow in the forest at the bottom.
Posted Aug 25, 2007 1:40 am

YEMMonitor Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2006

YEM

A perfect clear day for a birthday climb/hike. My friend was climbing the mountain for the thrid time in a week, trying to see the lava dome for the first time. That's dedication.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 11:29 pm

pkrebsMonitor Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006

pkrebs

Exciting views from the rim. A dusty but rewarding hike.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 6:48 pm

whaynalClear day for great views.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2007

whaynal

All the sand was exhausting, but the views were well worth it--not a cloud to be seen, while a nice breeze kept it cool. Butterflies everywhere.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 11:03 pm

NiederbayerMonitor Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2007

Niederbayer

left at 5.00 am from parking spot with my wife - reached rim at 9.00 am - we beat the crowds and had the rim to ourselves until 10.00 am. What a great view!!!!
Posted Jul 28, 2007 4:21 pm

amochkaBack Again...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2007

amochka

Great trip up Monitor Ridge and adjacent snowfields. Hiked up with Jay, Jane, Pat and Kyle. Nice group, very windy day, pumice sandblasting the face isn't that pleasant, but for five minutes on the summit we had no wind. We left at 2:30 am by headlamps and summited and got down before the heat of the day..my preferred method of hiking St.Helens. An alpine start is great for avoiding the heat coming off all that lava rock...
Lava dome looked much different (wider and flatter) than last year around the same time. Will hopefully come back next year to take another peek over the rim.
Posted Jul 14, 2007 12:25 pm

laurelMother's Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2007

laurel

Went there for the first time for Mother's Day, that was a party... I went with a bunch of skiers from Women Climbers NW, but I walked/glissaded. Perfect weather -- cool and a bit of snow for the way up, sunny and warm near the top and for the way down (and for sitting by the car waiting for the skiers to stop messing around and get down).
Posted Jul 12, 2007 4:12 pm

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