A great trip with a great group of guys with bluebird skies. The snowboard line down was nice too.
Started at Marble Mount snow park. Rain up to 4000', then partially clearing skies giving us a false promise of hope. Hard snow and unbreakable crust lower on the mountain with large sections of water ice covered in wind-packed powder higher up. Crampons made the going a bit easier but weren't really necessary. Whiteout conditions and a late start forced us to turn around 300-400 feet below the summit. Snowboard descent was very challenging due to the whiteout, but once we dropped below the clouds and figured out our route it became quite enjoyable.
The snow below timberline was choppy, wet and heavy and I found myself struggling to remain upright during the last mile or two through the trees.
There were some decent glissades on the way down, plus it was neat seeing all the snow cornices up there.
My brother made a climb the year before St Helens blew it top. Glad we did not wait another year!
Back in the days before you needed a permit. Couldn't see a thing up there.
Finally climbed St. Helens. Too bad the top was long gone by then.
Having climbed this mountain dozens of times in all seasons, I'd have to say that climbing in a flowery dress and wide-brimmed hat on Mother's Day is special by any measure.
Really thought this was going to be a cake-walk so didn't train hard. That was mistake. Did ok with very bad hangover. Incredible views.
We made it up the 8200' crest, but didn't traverse over to the high point. Maybe I'll go back and do it again and we can get an mmHHm! earlier start.
Climbed with a buddy of mine and my dog. We got a 5 am start and ended up getting a little lost in the dark. Snow starts about a mile into the trail and caused us to lose it. We waited for sunrise to find we were on a ridge across from Monitor Ridge. After a lot of bushwhacking we got on the right trail. It was very windy the entire day. We would sink to our waists in the snow by the rocks and my dog gave up about half way up. I had to carry him on my shoulders awhile but then he got his second wind. It was a tough one to make but it was worth it. The views were incredible without a cloud in the sky.
did it after climbing Liberty Ridge on Rainier. amazing sight of the missing half of the volcanoe.
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.