First time to the top and well worth it. I was 12 years old when it erupted in 1980 and remember watching the mushroom cloud from a peak near my house. Can't believe I've never climbed to the rim to peer into the crater before this day. This being the first day the mountain reopened to climbers made it extra special.
Second trip to the top. Road to Climbers' still closed so the winter route it was. Quite a bit longer than Monitor Ridge but very enjoyable and in perfect weather. 6 Hours up and less than 3 down.
My super-duper new GPS recorded a total ascent of 1807 metres versus a TH to summit difference of 1718 metres. No wasted downhills on this one - it's straight up. Round trip distance 16.6 km.
Excellent visibility on top but not quite as stunningly clear as my 2000 visit. Interesting to look down on the new and huge lava dome in the crater compared to 2000.
Walked around the rim to the true summit but were unable to ascend because of dangerous cornices - see this photo.
Don't even think about climbing St H without a permit. We had a lovely visit with a nice ranger whilst on the crater rim. The rangers go up every day in permit season. And very often they catch someone without a permit. At $500 fine each, that's a good source of revenue for the National Forest.
Because I share the same birthday (May 18) as Mount Saint Helens' most famous eruption, although I was exactly three years old when the eruption occurred, I had always wanted to summit the mountain. This has to be the rockiest and sandiest (or should I say "ashiest"?) route I have ever climbed up a mountain, so far. Gorgeous day with spectacular scenery. Looking into the crater, and seeing the devastation of the 1980 eruption up-close, makes the entire trip worth it. Great views of all the nearby volcanoes and other peaks.
Climbed the winter route on snowshoes all the way to the top. Miserable conditions with no views and constant rain. This was my third ascent so at least I didn't get up there hoping to see something new.
This time I made it in the snow. Much better than climbing up the scree!
My first climb. See trip report. Being a redhead before sunblock was rough. I used Clown White, that seemed to be the best option at the time, but still got baked. I had blisters all around my mouth. Could barely eat for a week.
Paul, Yafis and I summitted 2 days after we did Rainier in shitty conditions. It was hailing and storming while we went up the summit ridge and the visibility on the summit was about 10 ft. I lost the soles on my (old) hiking boots which made the descent on snow and rock very painful.
Was heading in for foot surgery, so a climb of St Helen's and boarding down had to happen. Great weather, but a ton of snow had fallen down low - lots of postholing.
Fun day out with friends. Climbers Bivy road/campground still closed due to snow, so took Marble Mtn. sno-park/Worm Flows route up the mountain, which I much prefer now. You avoid the big tedious boulder field of Monitor Ridge. Fires near Mt.Adams grew larger as our climb progressed. Glissaded down every scrap of snow we could find until we couldn't feel our butts! Extra mileage of this route was worth the beautiful views/scenery. Will probably take this route instead of Mon. Ridge in the future.
two days after it opened, good one time experience, but the ash was a bit annoying...
What a great day for climbing! The snow conditions were excellent with good steps all the way up (no crampons needed). The glissade down was a blast!
Left just before 6am from the Marble Mt. Snopark Lot (Winter Route). Fog, clouds, and wind blasted us the entire way up Monitor Ridge. We never broke through the clouds and had to imagine the views from the summit. Fun climb though. Glissaded most of way down to tree line.
With the Climber's Bivouac still snowed in, it was Worm Flows. The weather was great. After climbing this in the snow with a just a few forays onto ash, I'm not sure why anyone would want to climb this without snow. We glissaded all the way down to the timberline.
Solo climb via the winter route. Decided against a single day climb since the weather forecast was horrible and the road was closed at Cougar Snopark. Hiked in to 4200 ft, climbing above the clouds along the way and camped with great views of the mountain. Woke at 2:30 AM to clear skies and was on the way at 3. Reached the summit by 6 AM, enjoyed the views of Rainier and other peaks in the distance, as well as the awesome views into the crater. Back at camp at 7 (wished I had brought skis!!!) as clouds closed in around the mountain and the rain began. Hiked out and had lunch at the Lone Fir resort in Cougar. Nobody else on the mountain while I was there - had the whole place to myself!!! Great day and glad I was able to take advantage of a small window of great weather!
Interesting little train-up effort. Really foul weather kept us from making the true summit. Probably a better early season climb.
Climbed when it was still a whole peak! One of my favorites of all time. Climbed a second time with my new wife and we glissaded all the way from the top of the Dog's Head to the parking lot. Simply amazing. Spirit Lake was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been.
We Skied into Climbers Bivuoac and huffed up then-frozen Moniter Ridge through some fresh slab avalanche debris. Summit was great, maybe 7-8 other people on top who had climbed from Butte Creek side. Grand views up to Mt. Baker and south to South Sister.
climbed it a few times always a fun 1 to climb
I got the last day permit available. Climbed solo (ALONG WITH 99 OTHER PEOPLE on the mountain) to the top. Nice hike.
Mothers' day 2003 was my first time climbing MSH. My girlfriend Amy and I left the truck early and climbed up Monitor Ridge in snowshoes to the summit. We were probably the 3rd and 4th people up that day, with hundred of dress-clad college kids already on their way behind us to celebrate mom's day. Spectacular views of Rainier! Quick trip down the glissade tubes carved out from dozens of others sliding on their asses down the hill. Also encountered a few large groups of mountaineers & mazamas on their first climbs ever.