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hkutukRoute Climbed: Multiple Date Climbed: Multiple  Sucess!


Worm Flows (March 20, 2004)

Started early on skis from Marble Mount. Was surprised to hit hard ice at 5000', so had to ditch the skis since I didn't want to carry my extra heavy ancient skis. From that point on it was 3000' front pointing in heavy ski boots, ouch! Windy but great summit views, midday the snow turned into mush and wish I had carried my skis up, oh well had a fun glissade and skied the rest. Always a fun mountain.

Monitor Ridge (May 24, 2003)

Last year carrying skis was painful, so this time will had to try randonee boots and skins. This IS the way to go! Took us few years to figure out how to best climb this mountian :) Skined all the way to the top pleasently. On the way down, weather changed into white-out conditions took some narrow gullies back into the forest and back to Climbers bivy.

Worm Flows (May 11, 2002)

First ski attempt. Climbed in Koflachs and carried heavy! alpine ski boots and pair of skis along with the usual gear. Man it was heavy. Slow and painful going but made it to the top. Skied all the way down to the parking lot, that was worth the carry.

Monitor Ridge (August 25, 2000)

This time took few friends up the mountain. No snow and lots of scree. My friends had real hard time scrambling up and down the rocky part. Group got separated, cold wind made it very hard to wait for the rest of the group. One guy didn't have a jacket so had to shuttle back down and up to get some clothing from the rest of the group. Will not do this this late in the season again.

Worm Flows (May 21, 2000)

My second attempt after my first failed attempt back in 1997, when I was foolish enough to push on with a tent tarp instead of a real jacket in a storm. Very slow going becuase not being in good enough shape and soft snow. Standing at the edge of the crater and looking down was impressive.
Posted Mar 22, 2004 2:07 pm

e.acarRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: March, 20, 2004 saturday  Sucess!
Started from Mount Marble snow park at 6:45 am. Reached the summit at 12:20. During the climb up, it was icy on the ridge, however on the way back, it all melted. Weather was sunny all day. Other than the noise of snow mobiles, close to the snow park, It was as a wonderful. climb.
Posted Mar 21, 2004 10:00 pm

mradventureRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: March 10, 2004  Sucess!


A winter cloudless day with a spring-feel and firm snow until the sun softened it just before noon. This was my first solo trip in the winter and was well worth it even though I didn't ski down. Hamstrings cramped an hour down from the summit but rest, stretching, and food helped to subside the painful cramps. Snowshoed all the way up using MSR Denali Evo Ascent (highly recommend), and as the snow became quite soft the shoes were useful on the descent also. Cornices were very evident. Even though I was about 40 ft. back from the rim, I heard it cracking. Not a comforting sound. Be aware! Stay far away from the summit cornice, especially when the sun is shining.
Posted Mar 15, 2004 2:59 pm

esugiRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge / Worm Flows Date Climbed: September 2000 and March 2002  Sucess!


First climbed St. Helens via Monitor Ridge in September 2000. Easy hike starting from the parking lot. We had a whiteout near the crater which made things interesting.

Second climb via Worm Flows route. It was early spring (March 2002) so I took my snowboard up and had 4000 ft. descent on descent snow. This was fun. I highly recommend it.
Posted Mar 7, 2004 12:13 am

flybigskyRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: summer 1998  Sucess!


Hot and dusty but excellent clear view from the summit. Wish we could of climbed before the eruption.
Posted Mar 4, 2004 3:44 pm

derbillyRoute Climbed: Monitor ridge variation Date Climbed: Spring 1997  Sucess!


We had come to the mountain without crampons or ice axes to find the ridge route covered with a thick layer of ice. Undeterred, we dropped into a snow gully, climbed up with some traversing and were the only ones to make it that day.
Posted Feb 24, 2004 5:07 pm

jbbangRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: Feb 21 2004  Sucess!
Our rag tag group of Willamette law students made it to the top on a windy but great day. The snow was pretty soft on the way down and required snowshoes. We camped at the treeline and had a great time. We now move on to Adams. My homemade pulk worked great except when the trail was too steep.
Posted Feb 23, 2004 6:03 pm

ZarnRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge, Variation Date Climbed: July 23, 2002  Sucess!


Instead of sloging w/ the masses over the boulder field we scrambled fthe snow fields to the left & right when ever possible. Much easier on the knees, less body dodging and the best solution for my brother's first ever summit attempt. He was totally committed to his first climb. Diet program to shed 115 lbs. and & training for nine months had its rewards in a succesfull summit bid. Could not have asked for a better weather day even w/ the herd of people also on the attempt.

Posted Feb 17, 2004 3:28 pm

ZarnRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 27, 1997  Sucess!


Hot, dusty good to get up & get out.
Posted Feb 17, 2004 3:17 pm

Jeff HRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: February 8th, 2004  Sucess!
Packed skis up to the summit on an unusually warm, somewhat clear day. More people climbing than I would have expected. Very little wind on top and after pictures taken, skied all the way down to the parking lot. Would definately been easier if I owned skins but convinced myself it was great exercise.
Posted Feb 13, 2004 6:15 pm

farkenclimbinRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: May of 2003  Sucess!


Had a great time on this mountain. Everyone should do this one!
Posted Feb 10, 2004 8:43 pm

IceAxe18Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: October 12, 2003


Bad Weather, didn't summit.
Posted Jan 16, 2004 5:12 pm

IceAxe18Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: June 1, 2003


My brother & I was climbing & we got to 5,000ft & I loss my footing in the snow & fell down & slid down a ways right over a rock & up against the ledge of the hole & dislocated my shoulder. I didn't have an ice axe, so I couldn't self arrest. I wish I had one though. Hopefully I'll take my brother up sometime. He would like to do it again even though we didn't make it to the summit.
Posted Jan 16, 2004 4:27 pm

IceAxe18Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: May 18, 2003  Sucess!


My Best Friend & I made the Summit. We really had a great time going up & coming back down.
Posted Jan 16, 2004 1:16 am

chickenhawk34Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: 09-15-03  Sucess!
R. Rice, Myself, and J. Macsurak, fresh off of

Adams - Great "cool down", but we were definitely

ragged when finished.

Note: we climbed it because My friend Jim wanted to climb a "brand-name" mountain!

Posted Dec 21, 2003 12:07 am

waspeeRoute Climbed: From June Lake then ridge up to top Date Climbed: 23 August 2003  Sucess!


It was a beautiful day, but no one had thought about how much we added by going from June lake! On top of that we had to ferry cars back and forth, plus one wrong turn along the way, made that we didn't reach the summit until 16H15. Thank god going down was quick and easy, it only took me about 2H30. Was back down before dark.

A great day and unforgetable experience.
Posted Dec 11, 2003 5:33 am

jasonconnellRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: Feb 8th 2003  Sucess!


My brothers first Volcano

Perfect summer type wether in February.
Posted Sep 26, 2003 3:39 am

Jeff HRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: September 19th, 2003  Sucess!
Second time I have climbed this route. Actually had the summit all to myself for almost half an hour at 10:30am. Bringing my skis next spring.
Posted Sep 21, 2003 11:39 pm

K WilliamsRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: 8-24-03  Sucess!

K Williams

Truly amazing to think and see the explosive power of this Mountain making the climb through the boulders worthed. Shared the summit with a handful of people, saw and heard several rock slides into the crater. There seemed to be a small vent near the dome venting steam and could see Spirit lake in the distance as well as the near by mountains.

Posted Sep 15, 2003 12:41 am

annaleiserabinekRoute Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 25, 2003  Sucess!


I love a good rock scramble, much more than a slow trudge up scree and ash. Lucky for me I got the best of both worlds on St. Helens. When leaving Climbers Bivouac in the morning listen to the birds sing all the way to timberline. The rock scramble was tedious, but a blast. It seems to go much faster than the last 1000+' of two-steps-forward-one-back scree/ash sludge to the summit. The views into the crater are spectacular! Crazy! My climbing partner Cornvallis hiked a little way to the west down some scree, caused a rock fall, and up another ridge to reach the true summit....while the rest of us 99 hikers stayed on what everyone else thinks is the summit. The west side of Monitor Ridge has a very nice descent trail (there is no need to scramble over all those rocks again). The view of Rainier can't be beat from here. Wear sunscreen and a hat.

On a side note: We had time to kill to avoid rush hour traffic in Portland so we hiked through Lava Canyon. Besides its nice to take an easy walk and let your leg muscles cool down before getting right into the car. Its beautiful. Take the time to see it. It has a fun, very safe, suspension bridge. Its a quick 1.4 mile loop, cool and in the shade. Amazing powerful waterfalls.
Posted Sep 3, 2003 1:50 pm

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