Second time climbing St. Helens in two years. Started out from Climbers Bivouac around 0845. Warm sunny day top to bottom. Very hazy at lower elevations and thunderheads could be seen off to the south around Mt. Jefferson. Still a lot of snow up at the top, especially inside the crater rim preventing a direct view down into the crater.
Worm Flows is a fun straight forward route. Ascended on Skis the whole way. Wide open fun skiing the whole way down. Climbed with my friend Clint McMahill during our final year of med school.
Beautiful day, but windy for last 1000 feet.
Great ski. Looped the LooWit trail in 2008 which was far more difficult due to washouts on the creek crossing.
It ain't Rainier or Hood, but I had a lot of fun on this little climb. Excellent hard snow on a cloudy morning and huge glissades on a hot and sunny afternoon.
Great views amd great glissades. See TR!
Took the Swift Glacier route as the climbers bivy was still closed for the season (it was open two days later). Thin clouds surrounded the 6000 foot level however the trail was melted out enough that visibility was never an issue. Once we broke through the clouds it was crystal clear above us for the remaining 2000 ft.
All day rain, turned to snow about 8k ft. No visibility, slushy snow. Not the best climbing experience.
Who knew this tradition existed?
3 hours up in running shoes with skis on board for beautiful descent after hanging out waiting for sun to melt the snow.
Perfect weather, good company, fun turns.
a full TR is here:
Climbed with Tom Waggoner (below) and 2 other friends. Missed the views at the top due to low visibility but still a great day out with great peeps.
Started at 6:30am for a pleasant climb in the blue sky. Many people were in dresses... we learnt this is a tradition for mother's day. Snow became slushy after 2pm. Surprisingly there were still people on their way up at 3:30. Worm flows is the only approach right now... climbers' bivouac had a closed gate as of Saturday. The worm flows route tacks on another 1000 ft vertical which goes by quickly.
We raced to beat the weather to the summit with no views of the crater. I never would have believed you could ski all the way to the summit if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. We climbed back down in a white out. It was a nice conciliatory reward after having to retreat off Rainier.
There are few things as exciting as hiking up a volcano that has recently blown, respectively. Great hike up and amazing to be on the rim. You can see smoke and the light of sky through the snow you stand on. Going down, my friend and I started to cautiously glissade but then realized you could take monster steps and really throw yourself down the snow slope.
Hiked up from the Marble Mountain sno park. It was a nice day and all the snow was firm, so we didn't use either snowshoes or crampons because there was fairly firm footings. Didn't make it to the true summit, but did make it to the crater rim, which counts enough for me for the winter. Quite windy on the rim, but otherwise it a was a very beautiful day, and enjoyable hike. We did use our snowshoes on the way down, once things were a little more slushy. Also saw the search and rescue heading up the trail too.
Isaac and I headed out extremely late today for the Worm Flows route. On our way up we encountered a good friend of the climber who died a few weeks ago, in fact he witnessed him break off the cornice, and was climbing this day in honor of that incident. We also witnessed someone lose their ski into a treacherous gully and a couple heading down one of whom had likely fractured their fibula. Anyway, due to our tardiness we encountered some nasty looking weather while nearing the summit and decided to bail. The weather turned out to be not so bad, which kills cause we were only a few hundred feet away, but we were safe, had a good time and didn't loose or break (or worse) anything. We'll be back up soon.
funny day - one of my first climbs ever, couple friends and i went up somewhere not on trail, very sketchy, not enough water, dusk till dawn deal
Very mild day and hard ice and snow all the way to the top.
Tali, Taylor, Cammie and I climbed through the night and hit the summit a little after sunrise. The temperatures were in the single digits and the wind was near constant at 30 mph. We were all sketched out by the cornices after the recent death, so no lava dome pictures were taken:( After having the summit to ourselves for an hour, we saw nearly 100 people on the way down. Priceless