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dirthSecond Attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2009


Second attempt on St. Helens proved to be more fruitful. Turned back about 500 vertical feet from the summit a couple months ago we were determined this time. Left the trailhead at 2:30 am. Saw the sunrise over Adams from about 7000 feet. Beautiful day. Great weather. Also my first serious snowboard descent, makes it a lot less painful on the knees and a lot quicker.
Posted Mar 13, 2009 9:48 pm

skydiver777The third of three  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008


This was the third volcano my friend Gary and I climbed in 6 days. (Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams were the first two). After Adams, we rushed to get to the small campground store that handed out the climbing permits for St. Helens. We then proceded up to one of the trail heads. Like Mt. Adams, St. Helens also got 200% snow fall that winter and not all the roads were open. So we could not start at the Climbers Bivouac but had to start at Marble Mt Snow park. That added a couple of miles to our climb. Since all the snow, I used my double plastic boots instead of my hikers. We really though it would be a quick scramble on dirt. Instead it was a long snow climb. Views into the crater were great. It was clear that day also so Rainier, Hood, Adams were clearly visible. Glasaded almost all the way back to the tree line.
Posted Mar 5, 2009 5:34 pm

farrisglGood climb on an Special Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2002


I moved to Seattle in July 1980 just after the major eruption. On one 11 pm flight back to Seattle from Southern California only about a month after this event, I had the unique experience of looking down onto the denuded mountain of snow and trees with just the lamination of a full moon. The glowing dome in the crater was plainly visible. Amazing!
Since that evening I had always wanted to climb this peak, however limitations on entry prevented this possibility then a move out of the area. Finally got the opportunity in the spring of 2002 to give it a go winning the permit lottery on a business trip back to the area.
Unfortunately the weather was overcast with light rain most of the climb, however I was able to get a decent view of the crater but not of the other surrounding volcanoes.
Still a very unique experience.
Posted Mar 3, 2009 2:56 pm

CHADHEPFirst Mountain Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2000


This mountain got me hooked on climbing. It is easy enough to not discourage you from ever climbing another mountain. Just don't get to close to the edge. The weather was clear and hot. Took about 8 hours up and down.
Posted Feb 23, 2009 7:31 pm

mcphermaMonitor ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2008


Completely socked in, cold, windy and a little snow. We couldn't see more than about 30 feet into the crater. I guess I will have to do it again.
Posted Feb 7, 2009 6:36 pm

MjollnirWorm Flows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2009


Took my split-board. Combination of icy conditions near the top and a binding breaking made me wish I had taken snowshoes. Nice clear day w/ awesome views though.
Posted Jan 21, 2009 4:41 am

sourstrawwhiteout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2007


What a treat to be able to camp in a campground and pack lots of good food without having to carry it all. Nice, easy hike to the top ... unfortunately, the crater got socked in about 20 minutes before I made it to the top.
Posted Jan 13, 2009 12:47 am

nickmechMonitor Ridge  Sucess!


Left car at 5:00am with 13yr. old daughter. On summit by noon with clouds for views. Did get to look into crater. Way to go Lucy!
Posted Dec 29, 2008 6:02 pm

Curtissimo2nd time up LU-WIT 6/99  Sucess!


camped and climbed June of '99 with Magellan; assisted in search for lost hiker.
Posted Dec 20, 2008 4:31 pm

splattskimultiple visits  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2002


Been up there several times. Trip report on one time
Also completed the Loowit Trail in a day
Posted Dec 20, 2008 9:09 am

CurtissimoLU-WIT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 1995


great little peak, indian name LU-WIT is way better than the current one in more common use.
Posted Dec 8, 2008 9:12 pm

gimpilatorAwesome Weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 30, 2008


Most of the snow on Monitor Ridge was melted out. See the trip report with photos. This was my second attempt with OSAT. The first ended short in a blizzard March 17, 2007.

Update: I returned June 6th, 2016 for another ascent with Jennifer Pharr Davis and Heather Anderson. We started early and watched the sunrise from the crater rim. Trip Report
Posted Dec 1, 2008 9:25 am

amochka4 seasons in one day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2008


Great climb, great people to climb with. Started under overcast skies, went up into haze/fog/mist, walked over snowfields, saw rime ice on the monitor station/rocks, busted through the clouds to wind and then absolutely gorgeous blue skies and sun on the summit with a sea of dense clouds below us. Awesome day.
Posted Nov 19, 2008 9:52 pm

calebEOCmonitor ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2008


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


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


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


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


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

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