Ice prevented the last few hundred feet of gain
Had a great climb with Brian Jenkins up the Worm flows route. Snow was firm consolidated pack to 6500' where the rain from several days prior had turned to ice. Broke the crampons out and walked to the top. My guess, 50mph sustained winds at the summit. A bit treacherous climbing down with the ice cover till about 6000' where the snow had softened to "cream of corn". Broke out the snowshoes and floated back to the car.
Turned back somewhere below the summit, due to supermarmot, who I will now refer to as the lovely friend who let his darling brotherly but completely unecessary concern for my wellbeing overpower his quest for summitpost power points (meanwhile, I was enjoying a 3000' half pipe). What a sucker.
turned back at about 8000', thanks to littlefrantz, who i'll hence-forward refer to as @#$%$!
Drove down from Seattle in the morning to climb St. Helens, and ended up joining a group of three nice fellows at Jack's. I had trouble with my skins on the ice and had to boot a couple thousand feet of the climb. Skinned over to the true summit (I think) and descended. I chattered my way down the mountain on the ice, but skis made the descent quick. Bluebird day with unbelievable views from Jefferson to Baker. ~6.5hrs RT, 13hr door to door
A last minute outing to take advantage of a great weather forecast. We bought our midweek permits the day before and were rewarded with a warm, sunny, picture perfect, windless fall day. Loved everything about this hike: scaling the lava boulder and ash fields, the outstanding views (Rainier, Adams, Jefferson, Mt. Hood, et al.), the lava dome, the views down into the crater... all of it! And it's the most unusual landscape (moonscape) and terrain I've seen in the NW. What amazed, and surprised, me most though was the sound the mountain made. We walked along the rim until we were away from the crowds to hear it fully: snap, crackle, pops; deep rumbles; the crash of crumbling rocks and loud cracking sounds as it shifts and moves. All very exhilarating and hard to tear away from. Can't wait to get up there again next year!
My brother & I were going to climb today, but it was rainy, so we went to Windy Ridge & the Visitor Center. We had fun even though we didn't get to climb today. Plus yesterday we went to the ape cave & hiked around for a while.
Great Hike! We had wonderful weather, great views but missed the collapse of Spine #7 by just a day. My 6 six pals sung happy birthday to me on the summit for my 42nd birthday. What a great memory.
I went up with one of my dad's 50 year old friends. We got to around 5100' and had to turn around. The snow was starting to come down hard, there wasn't enough snow on the ground to cover the boulders, and I was suffering from a cold. It just wasn't a good day.
Even though this is probably a small feat (especially with it's top blown off), it was interesting to peak into the crater and see the steam coming out!
I Climbed this for the view inside....INCREDIBLE...!
Been there done that
a cold start and then it got windy. Ash/dust gets into everything including ur lungs but it was defuinately worth all the work. saw rockslides about every ten seconds at the summit and the dome was smoking a little bit. grart climb
Crazy Country! My wife and I summited for my birthday. This is a one of a kind experience to witness rock that is alive. Way to go, babe!
I've summited 5 times. Once in October, the others in the spring.
The October climb I could taste the mountain in my mouth for about a week.
One spring attempt was aborted. Jim Hinkhouse, Dick Wright and I helped evacuate a skier with a broken leg near the seismic transmitter, and camped there after the chopper took him off. We woke up under a 8-10 inches of new snow, and not enough visibility.
We started the climb at 5:10am and the mountain was covered in clouds. As we ascended the trail got above the clouds and saw the sunrise on the mountains. Got to the top at 10:20am but we still had to get to the summit. Made the true at 10:55am. The weather was great and we could see all the mountains. Back to the car at 3pm. Great hike.
We had doubts about this day when we woke up to fog at Climber's Bivouac. Decided to head up around 9am hoping the summit would be above the clouds. No such luck. I decided not to risk going to the true summit due to not being able to see a thing. Listening to the rock falls inside the crater was cool though. I will be back!
"amochka" (see below) was kind enough to offer a couple of the open spots on her permit to my wife and me. My wife didn't make it all the way up with us, but we still had a great time! We looked into the crater, but didn't attempt to reach the highest point on the crater rim.
My wife, Denver, and I successfully summited on the 27th via the Monitor Ridge route. Total round trip time 11 hours which included lunch at the top and lots of glissading on the way down. We captured some pictures of one of the larger rocks slides off the dome. The rock slides kick up large dust clouds and dusk masks really help.
What a fantastic experience it now is to climb this peak. From the rim we were literally watching nature build a mountain. The new "dome" is really a cone that is apparently being created by the upthrusting pinnacle falling apart from the top, causing big, loud, and violent rockfalls down one side or another of the cone. The plumes that we see rather often are at least sometimes caused by those rockfalls. We didn't see any other cause for plumes, so my guess is that most of the plumes are indeed from the dust and ash being carried aloft by rockfall. Photos to follow.
We went to the true summit, which hardly anyone does. There was another couple over there while we were, but nobody else that we saw during our 2.5-hour stay on the rim was headed in that direction. The route over to the summit is somewhat sketchy in places when there's no snow, but was quite easy when I went over there on snow in 2001. I wouldn't recommend it for most people, but for peakbaggers it seems like a necessity in order to claim to have summitted the mountain.
Perfect weather and temperatures. The air was crystal clear, with sharp views from Rainier to the Three Sisters.