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

mradventure

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!

cluck

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!

lidijagrazulis

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!

magellan

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!

Bentley

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!

7summits

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!

scot\'teryx

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!

scot\'teryx

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!

velodurt

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

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Work Flows Date Climbed: April 7, 2002  Sucess!

scot\'teryx

Headed down Saturday afternoon and got to the the Marble Mountain Sno Park that evening. Started at 730am in rain and yucky weather. Bill and I skinned up on our skis and Ely snowshoed and carried his snowboard. Once we got a few hundred feet up we could see the mountain and it was almost clear. The forecast was not the optimistic, but we wanted to do this so we trudged on in weather that changed every 10 minutes. Once above treeline the sun shined brightly and tanned my pale hide. Around 6500 feet the clouds came back in and snowed and blew on us pretty hard. Once at 7000 feet the clouds were below us and it was gorgeous weather! We had to carry our skis the last few hundred feet as it was pretty icy in spots but we never needed our crampons or ice axes. Hit the summit around 130pm. Hung out for about 30 minutes and then started our descent. Great snow up top, then icy in the middle and cement near the bottom, but we were able to ski all the way to the parking lot, and made it there by 4pm. Could have been faster but we had to retrieve all of our wands. What a great day to get in 5500 vertical feet of skiing!
Posted Apr 8, 2002 12:42 am

wholmerRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: 3/2/02  Sucess!
Summer day in the winter! Wind picked up a little halfway up, but at the top there was not a breeze at all and completely sunny. The footholes were consistent for the most part, and we ditched our snowshoes halfway up and just used hiking boots. We skiied down, but this proved extremely difficult with the variable snow conditions. The sticky snow was catching our edges, and the steepness of the slopes made our intermediate skills look quite elementary. I would wait for fresh snow before trying to ski down, unless you're comfortable in the Cascade Cement. Although, it did prove to be a quick descent (1.5 hour).
Posted Mar 4, 2002 9:10 am

rpcRoute Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: 02/9-02/10  Sucess!

rpc

Climbed the Worm Flows route with an overnighter just above timberline. Hike up from snow park to timberline was in perfect weather - the evening was calm and clear as well. The trail (Swift Creek #244) to timberline is like a highway - tons of people, well beaten. Weather still held well on Sunday morning - better than our June trip on S. Sister. Clouds moved in as we climbed the final section along Monitor - wind started pounding away; vis. dropped. Bad weather followed us all the way down. Snow-shoed all the way up (good snow - too soft for walking; perfect for snowshoeing) - no need for crampons (that day); kept ice ax handy on the way down. Several parties (+1 lone skier) were seen on the summit approach that day.
Posted Feb 12, 2002 3:07 pm

Noah (Oregon)Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

Noah (Oregon)

The hardest part of this climb for our group was getting the permit. The lottery that weekend was harsh. There were like 100 people trying to get passes and of course most were turned away. We were lucky. But knowing this, I would always make a reservation way in advance and not hassle with the whole lottery scene in at Jack's Restaurant. On the other hand, if you don't have a reservation, go anyway and risk it. There is so much to see and climb out there, it is worth it.



The summit in my opinion was awesome. We had great weather and clear skies. There was little wind, so the crashing of rocks falling from the rim onto the youngest glacier in N. America was geological music to my ears.



The sights are amazing as well. It is a view into the bowels of the Earth! Some of the rocks under your feet are only 22 years old! The vents of sulfur and bubbling ponds of mud in the crater... It was the closest I have ever felt to the world beneath the crust that we are so accustomed to climbing around on. Granted, this is all taking place hundreds of feet below you (straight down) when you are on the rim, but the perspective from the summit makes it even so much more sublime. It is a wonder of nature. You are looking into the core of a mountain...
Posted Feb 11, 2002 10:27 am

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