Fun climb, very impressive at the rim of the crater.
This was a very fun hike. being my very first volcano ever, it was fun using an ice axe for the first time! I was 12 years old when I climbed it. The last steep part I ran up because I was so excited! I also climbed it on Jul. 22nd, 2009.
Forced to begin our ski descent at 7600 ft due to white out and bad avalanche conditions. Fun Skiing out. So hard to turn around so close to the summit.
Broke trail through knee deep snow from Marble Mountain Snow Park up to 6,700 feet on the Worm Flows route. Had to turn around when the winds kicked up and the snow started- conditions were sketchy at best when we turned around. We'll be back to finish it off.
Second attempt on St. Helens proved to be more fruitful. Turned back about 500 vertical feet from the summit a couple months ago we were determined this time. Left the trailhead at 2:30 am. Saw the sunrise over Adams from about 7000 feet. Beautiful day. Great weather. Also my first serious snowboard descent, makes it a lot less painful on the knees and a lot quicker.
This was the third volcano my friend Gary and I climbed in 6 days. (Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams were the first two). After Adams, we rushed to get to the small campground store that handed out the climbing permits for St. Helens. We then proceded up to one of the trail heads. Like Mt. Adams, St. Helens also got 200% snow fall that winter and not all the roads were open. So we could not start at the Climbers Bivouac but had to start at Marble Mt Snow park. That added a couple of miles to our climb. Since all the snow, I used my double plastic boots instead of my hikers. We really though it would be a quick scramble on dirt. Instead it was a long snow climb. Views into the crater were great. It was clear that day also so Rainier, Hood, Adams were clearly visible. Glasaded almost all the way back to the tree line.
I moved to Seattle in July 1980 just after the major eruption. On one 11 pm flight back to Seattle from Southern California only about a month after this event, I had the unique experience of looking down onto the denuded mountain of snow and trees with just the lamination of a full moon. The glowing dome in the crater was plainly visible. Amazing!
Since that evening I had always wanted to climb this peak, however limitations on entry prevented this possibility then a move out of the area. Finally got the opportunity in the spring of 2002 to give it a go winning the permit lottery on a business trip back to the area.
Unfortunately the weather was overcast with light rain most of the climb, however I was able to get a decent view of the crater but not of the other surrounding volcanoes.
Still a very unique experience.
This mountain got me hooked on climbing. It is easy enough to not discourage you from ever climbing another mountain. Just don't get to close to the edge. The weather was clear and hot. Took about 8 hours up and down.
Completely socked in, cold, windy and a little snow. We couldn't see more than about 30 feet into the crater. I guess I will have to do it again.
Took my split-board. Combination of icy conditions near the top and a binding breaking made me wish I had taken snowshoes. Nice clear day w/ awesome views though.
What a treat to be able to camp in a campground and pack lots of good food without having to carry it all. Nice, easy hike to the top ... unfortunately, the crater got socked in about 20 minutes before I made it to the top.
Left car at 5:00am with 13yr. old daughter. On summit by noon with clouds for views. Did get to look into crater. Way to go Lucy!
camped and climbed June of '99 with Magellan; assisted in search for lost hiker.
great little peak, indian name LU-WIT is way better than the current one in more common use.
Most of the snow on Monitor Ridge was melted out. See the trip report with photos. This was my second attempt with OSAT. The first ended short in a blizzard March 17, 2007.
Update: I returned June 6th, 2016 for another ascent with Jennifer Pharr Davis and Heather Anderson. We started early and watched the sunrise from the crater rim. Trip Report
Great climb, great people to climb with. Started under overcast skies, went up into haze/fog/mist, walked over snowfields, saw rime ice on the monitor station/rocks, busted through the clouds to wind and then absolutely gorgeous blue skies and sun on the summit with a sea of dense clouds below us. Awesome day.
Wind was fairly wild with near "grey out" conditions at times from the amount of ash & sand being blown off the face of the mountain.
Beautiful day, it was. Absolutely no cloud in sight, no snow on path. We started at 8 at climbers' bivouac and reached the summit at about 1:30. Many climbers made to the top that day. Great adventure!
More a "decent" and repelling from a Huey. Contracted by Weyerhaeuser recently ETS'd from the Army, getting workers/volunteers that were in trouble with the ash in their lungs or injuries.
Beautiful clear day... views from Mount Rainier down to the Three Sisters.