Mount Saint Helens Climber's Log

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DawnchaserTheAdventurer - Oct 13, 2019 12:28 am Date Climbed: May 30, 2018

Easy ascent... crazy descent  Sucess!

Hit the trail for the Worm Flows at 1 am, and reached the summit at 6:30 on the dot. Was sleep-deprived coming down though, and mistakenly came down the Monitor Ridge route, while it was still under heavy snow, and ended up shwackin' my way back to the car... for 6 hours. That wasn't so fun. Great views at the summit though


InfinityMountaineering03 - Oct 3, 2019 1:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2019

Nonstop  Sucess!

I climbed this once when I was 11 and once when I was 15 (just this last summer). The first time I remember crossing over the first section of Monitor Ridge and seeing the summit for the first time. When I saw the summit, I lost all motivation. I ended up eating a cliff bar for the first time and getting enough energy to get up.

This summer I got about 1 hour of sleep out of anticipation for the climb the following day - probably not a good idea. Anyways, we started on the trail at exactly 8:00, and I was on Monitor Ridge by 9:00. The only time I stopped was to take my jacket off. Breaking out of the fog and being able to see for miles in a mist-filled sunlight is one of the most magical experiences of my life, and I was not expecting it. My experience with climbing and scrambling aided to cruising through Monitor Ridge in under an hour (9:45). I was still not remotely experiencing fatigue at this point and got to the top in under 30 minutes (Summit at 10:11). I was extremely happy with this and am looking forward to Adams and Rainier in 2020.

~Nick Stoker (Infinity Mountaineering/The Mountain Range Project)


Annalikeslenses - Sep 28, 2019 2:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2019

Never been on a mountain with half of it missing!  Sucess!

Found this one surprisingly easy for a fairly large mountain! Stellar views from the crater rim, never seen anything like it. Great visibility to Rainier, Adams, Hood, even Jefferson in the distance. Start early or just hike fast to get ahead of the slow-moving friend and I didn't start until 7 or so but passed pretty much everyone on the trail going up and had the summit to ourselves for a while before the masses started to catch up!

alexewhitney85 - Sep 12, 2019 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2019

Worm Flows Route  Sucess!

Beautiful clear day, and a fantastic glissade down almost 4k feet from the summit to treeline.

Suzannemilee - Sep 11, 2019 10:51 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2019

Amazing!  Sucess!

Go early, bring water.


cascadescrambler - Aug 21, 2019 11:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1976

When it was 1312 feet higher  Sucess!

One of my most fun glacier climbs - up the Forsyth Glacier, plus a 1000 foot glissade off the Dog's Head in a track so deep it looked like a bobsled run


marieg - Jul 30, 2019 1:42 pm

Great Hike  Sucess!

Can't remember the year, but my dog Scooter Bug made it to the top with us! :)

dannydeckers - Jun 20, 2019 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2013

Hot Snow  Sucess!

I remember it being super hot and the summit being super sketchy. Would love to do it again


bluecappo - Jun 18, 2019 12:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2017

MSH  Sucess!

Great climb up after a spontaneous invite from an old friend. Perfect weather - we had almost no snow travel this time of year.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Jun 15, 2019 3:43 pm

MSH  Sucess!

Perfect weather and conditions for an excellent climb with Michael and Brian (and several hundred of our closest friends). Trip Report

wojcock - May 22, 2019 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2019

First Volcano of the year  Sucess!

Only 6 days after getting married I decided to send this bad boi. when of the first 10 people to make the summit followed by a huge group. Sent first glissade tracks back down!


travel_murse - Mar 24, 2019 10:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2018

36 hours awake  Sucess!

2 steps up 1 step down

utclimber - Jan 18, 2019 9:47 pm Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2018

Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked up Monitor Ridge after getting a last minute permit. Round trip in about 4 hours 40 minutes.


cherzan - Jan 10, 2019 8:18 am Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2018

Last clear weekend  Sucess!

Caught the last clear weekend before the winter weather really set in. The summer route was open and clear.


Dundeel - Nov 27, 2018 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012

MSH  Sucess!

Had a difficult time, at the rim, trying to explain to a young man what the mountain looked like before the blast.


kronshage3 - Nov 13, 2018 7:04 am Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2018

Via Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

A great late season trip. Trailhead was accessible to pretty much any kind of vehicle. No snow until treeline, even then it was spotty. The route wasn't completely covered in snow/ice until around 6,000 feet at least. Spikes are highly suggested. You can get by with just trekking poles, but an ice axe was handy. Lots of sun and no wind at the summit made for a fantastic day. Probably a few dozen people on the route today. I bet a decent amount of them didn't make it to the ridge (late starters) and most others probably just went to the rim, not the summit.

chaselanphear - Sep 26, 2018 8:20 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2018

Mount St. Helens  Sucess!

First Washington Volcano


xbaghat - Sep 4, 2018 5:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2017

twenty-three 4000prom  Sucess!



emilie - Aug 24, 2018 12:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2018

Lucky day  Sucess!

Lucky day with no smoke and great weather. Great workout. Amazing views. Really nice people on the trail.


baloodh2000 - Aug 10, 2018 11:42 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2018

Mock Guide  Sucess!

Mock Guided Ryan up this. Practiced specifically time management and significant work/rest cycle planning. Ryan is a hip replacement patient who has been walking / hiking since his surgery in May. Risk Management and guiding through the boulder field was a core focus as well. Excellent Summit. Started at 1:00 to avoid hiking in the heat. Night navigation was pretty straight forward and it was a beautiful sun rise atop the Volcano. Notables: first time in my career getting permit checked by an NPS ranger. Felt nice to be prepared. Maps were good. GAIA was excellent and the planning and research of the route went really well. Looking forward to finishing a summer of Mock Guiding so I can do it for real next year! Got to lightly use my WFR training with a member of a different party headed up. Showed signs of Dehydration / Heat Exhaustion / AMS and advised she turn back if symptoms continued in the next hour without relief. Promoted extra hydration and electrolytes as a start point. Really great to be ready for these types of things. I LOVE MY JOB!

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