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calebEOCmonitor ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2008

calebEOC

Wind was fairly wild with near "grey out" conditions at times from the amount of ash & sand being blown off the face of the mountain.
Posted Oct 27, 2008 1:51 am

Justin PucciMount Saint Helens via Monitor Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2008

Justin Pucci

My wife and I set out at 6AM under a bright, waning gibbous moon and made timberline while it was just starting to show signs of sunrise. We we able to get beautiful pictures of Adams, Hood, Jefferson, and the Sisters at sunrise from about 5000'. The next 2000' was a fun but slow-going scramble up some interesting boulder fields. The final slog up "The Beach" was uneventful and we topped out on the false summit at about 11:45AM. After a quick scramble to the true summit, which doesn't provide any better views, we headed down. We had a perfect day with no clouds or haze. We had visibility all the way into central Oregon (Sisters Complex) and Northern Washington (Baker). Amazing and well worth the effort!
Posted Oct 20, 2008 12:28 pm

nkuMonitor Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2008
Beautiful day, it was. Absolutely no cloud in sight, no snow on path. We started at 8 at climbers' bivouac and reached the summit at about 1:30. Many climbers made to the top that day. Great adventure!
Posted Oct 3, 2008 3:47 pm

Deltaoperator171980 SAR/ Army  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 1980

Deltaoperator17

More a "decent" and repelling from a Huey. Contracted by Weyerhaeuser recently ETS'd from the Army, getting workers/volunteers that were in trouble with the ash in their lungs or injuries.
Posted Oct 1, 2008 5:46 pm

gregliefWell worth the effort!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2008

greglief

Beautiful clear day... views from Mount Rainier down to the Three Sisters.
Posted Sep 13, 2008 11:52 am

lalpinistCrumbling Rim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2008

lalpinist

Nice day with lots of people. Some in recent days have senselessly written on rocks piled at the peak. On the walk along the rim to the peak and back, there were several rock falls, including one dramatic one close by the peak that kicked up a big dust cloud.
Posted Sep 11, 2008 4:37 pm

oregonrpaFirst day of reopening  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2006

oregonrpa

First time to the top and well worth it. I was 12 years old when it erupted in 1980 and remember watching the mushroom cloud from a peak near my house. Can't believe I've never climbed to the rim to peer into the crater before this day. This being the first day the mountain reopened to climbers made it extra special.
Posted Sep 9, 2008 4:43 pm

vancouver islanderWorms Flow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2008

vancouver islander

Second trip to the top. Road to Climbers' still closed so the winter route it was. Quite a bit longer than Monitor Ridge but very enjoyable and in perfect weather. 6 Hours up and less than 3 down.

My super-duper new GPS recorded a total ascent of 1807 metres versus a TH to summit difference of 1718 metres. No wasted downhills on this one - it's straight up. Round trip distance 16.6 km.

Excellent visibility on top but not quite as stunningly clear as my 2000 visit. Interesting to look down on the new and huge lava dome in the crater compared to 2000.

Walked around the rim to the true summit but were unable to ascend because of dangerous cornices - see this photo.

Don't even think about climbing St H without a permit. We had a lovely visit with a nice ranger whilst on the crater rim. The rangers go up every day in permit season. And very often they catch someone without a permit. At $500 fine each, that's a good source of revenue for the National Forest.
Posted Sep 6, 2008 12:38 pm

RedwicA Solid Workout With A Big Payoff...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2008

Redwic

Because I share the same birthday (May 18) as Mount Saint Helens' most famous eruption, although I was exactly three years old when the eruption occurred, I had always wanted to summit the mountain. This has to be the rockiest and sandiest (or should I say "ashiest"?) route I have ever climbed up a mountain, so far. Gorgeous day with spectacular scenery. Looking into the crater, and seeing the devastation of the 1980 eruption up-close, makes the entire trip worth it. Great views of all the nearby volcanoes and other peaks.
Posted Sep 2, 2008 9:13 pm

BCJTerrible conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2007

BCJ

Climbed the winter route on snowshoes all the way to the top. Miserable conditions with no views and constant rain. This was my third ascent so at least I didn't get up there hoping to see something new.
Posted Sep 2, 2008 4:15 am

Jer2nd time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2008

Jer

This time I made it in the snow. Much better than climbing up the scree!
Posted Aug 19, 2008 3:05 pm

RAdamsDog's Head  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 1970

RAdams

My first climb. See trip report. Being a redhead before sunblock was rough. I used Clown White, that seemed to be the best option at the time, but still got baked. I had blisters all around my mouth. Could barely eat for a week.
Posted Aug 3, 2008 3:12 pm

msihlNormal route, bad weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2008

msihl

Paul, Yafis and I summitted 2 days after we did Rainier in shitty conditions. It was hailing and storming while we went up the summit ridge and the visibility on the summit was about 10 ft. I lost the soles on my (old) hiking boots which made the descent on snow and rock very painful.
Posted Jul 30, 2008 12:22 pm

irish guy2 days before foot surgery  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2008
Was heading in for foot surgery, so a climb of St Helen's and boarding down had to happen. Great weather, but a ton of snow had fallen down low - lots of postholing.
Posted Jul 16, 2008 5:57 pm

amochkaAmazing View of the Fires  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2008

amochka

Fun day out with friends. Climbers Bivy road/campground still closed due to snow, so took Marble Mtn. sno-park/Worm Flows route up the mountain, which I much prefer now. You avoid the big tedious boulder field of Monitor Ridge. Fires near Mt.Adams grew larger as our climb progressed. Glissaded down every scrap of snow we could find until we couldn't feel our butts! Extra mileage of this route was worth the beautiful views/scenery. Will probably take this route instead of Mon. Ridge in the future.
Posted Jul 15, 2008 2:21 pm

thefrenchlyonmonitor ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006
two days after it opened, good one time experience, but the ash was a bit annoying...
Posted Jul 11, 2008 8:19 pm

Steve RydinMonitor Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2004

Steve Rydin

What a great day for climbing! The snow conditions were excellent with good steps all the way up (no crampons needed). The glissade down was a blast!
Posted Jul 8, 2008 12:19 pm

JakesterWinter Route - July 4th, 2008  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

Jakester

Left just before 6am from the Marble Mt. Snopark Lot (Winter Route). Fog, clouds, and wind blasted us the entire way up Monitor Ridge. We never broke through the clouds and had to imagine the views from the summit. Fun climb though. Glissaded most of way down to tree line.
Posted Jul 7, 2008 12:03 pm

BKWWorm Flows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2008

BKW

With the Climber's Bivouac still snowed in, it was Worm Flows. The weather was great. After climbing this in the snow with a just a few forays onto ash, I'm not sure why anyone would want to climb this without snow. We glissaded all the way down to the timberline.
Posted Jun 22, 2008 9:37 pm

Dave SWorm Flows - Winter Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2008

Dave S

Solo climb via the winter route. Decided against a single day climb since the weather forecast was horrible and the road was closed at Cougar Snopark. Hiked in to 4200 ft, climbing above the clouds along the way and camped with great views of the mountain. Woke at 2:30 AM to clear skies and was on the way at 3. Reached the summit by 6 AM, enjoyed the views of Rainier and other peaks in the distance, as well as the awesome views into the crater. Back at camp at 7 (wished I had brought skis!!!) as clouds closed in around the mountain and the rain began. Hiked out and had lunch at the Lone Fir resort in Cougar. Nobody else on the mountain while I was there - had the whole place to myself!!! Great day and glad I was able to take advantage of a small window of great weather!
Posted Jun 1, 2008 11:41 pm

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