Hiked up Monitor Ridge after getting a last minute permit. Round trip in about 4 hours 40 minutes.
Caught the last clear weekend before the winter weather really set in. The summer route was open and clear.
Had a difficult time, at the rim, trying to explain to a young man what the mountain looked like before the blast.
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.
First Washington Volcano
Lucky day with no smoke and great weather. Great workout. Amazing views. Really nice people on the trail.
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!
Successful summit with my son Carter Hadland
One of the last nice days. Super windy on upper 1k.
Quick day hike up to the summit with perfect weather a few days before attempting Rainier.
Monitor Ridge. Got our permit via the lottery in Jan/Feb.
Started at 5:45 a.m., by time out of woods we were in clouds a bit, but they burned off quickly. Stellar views of Adams & Hood & Jefferson during ascent, great view of Rainier from summit.
Only 3 other people besides myself traversed the rim to the true summit which surprised me.
Up in 5 hours, down in 3.
One note is that gloves may not be necessary; we brought but did not use them. YMMV.
We brought almost 200 oz of water each and drank almost all of it -- would have done if it were as hot as at had been earlier in the week.
Monitor Ridge 5-6-16
6/3/17 Hiked up the Worm Flow and Skied back down. The Skiing was really good. 4hr 10mins to summit. 1hr down.
From tbe Sno Park/#244 Worms Flow. Big day with 5900 of gain 12.6 miles RT
Skinned until I wasn't getting good purchase even with ski crampons. Put the skis on my pack and booted up from there. Fun walk over to the true summit and a great run all the way back down.
Climbed via the worm flows route with Maddie. It was the sunniest and warmest day of the year so far, which made for a slushy descent. Views up top were worth it though. Now off to the desert again!
Long day. Don't miss the true summit.
I underestimated both how hard this would be, and how much I'd enjoy it. It was awesome. Trip report here.
Great Outing! First snow climb for Michelle and I. Boots and crampons felt great. Summited in 5:30 hours, 8:45 hours car to car. Deep snow for the entirety.