Mount Saint Helens Climber's Log

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jbbang - Feb 23, 2004 6:03 pm

Route Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: Feb 21 2004  Sucess!

Our rag tag group of Willamette law students made it to the top on a windy but great day. The snow was pretty soft on the way down and required snowshoes. We camped at the treeline and had a great time. We now move on to Adams. My homemade pulk worked great except when the trail was too steep.


Zarn - Feb 17, 2004 3:28 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge, Variation Date Climbed: July 23, 2002  Sucess!

Instead of sloging w/ the masses over the boulder field we scrambled fthe snow fields to the left & right when ever possible. Much easier on the knees, less body dodging and the best solution for my brother's first ever summit attempt. He was totally committed to his first climb. Diet program to shed 115 lbs. and & training for nine months had its rewards in a succesfull summit bid. Could not have asked for a better weather day even w/ the herd of people also on the attempt.



Zarn - Feb 17, 2004 3:17 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 27, 1997  Sucess!

Hot, dusty good to get up & get out.

Jeff H - Feb 13, 2004 6:15 pm

Route Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: February 8th, 2004  Sucess!

Packed skis up to the summit on an unusually warm, somewhat clear day. More people climbing than I would have expected. Very little wind on top and after pictures taken, skied all the way down to the parking lot. Would definately been easier if I owned skins but convinced myself it was great exercise.


farkenclimbin - Feb 10, 2004 8:43 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: May of 2003  Sucess!

Had a great time on this mountain. Everyone should do this one!


IceAxe18 - Jan 16, 2004 5:12 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: October 12, 2003

Bad Weather, didn't summit.


IceAxe18 - Jan 16, 2004 4:27 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: June 1, 2003

My brother & I was climbing & we got to 5,000ft & I loss my footing in the snow & fell down & slid down a ways right over a rock & up against the ledge of the hole & dislocated my shoulder. I didn't have an ice axe, so I couldn't self arrest. I wish I had one though. Hopefully I'll take my brother up sometime. He would like to do it again even though we didn't make it to the summit.


IceAxe18 - Jan 16, 2004 1:16 am

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: May 18, 2003  Sucess!

My Best Friend & I made the Summit. We really had a great time going up & coming back down.

chickenhawk34 - Dec 21, 2003 12:07 am

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: 09-15-03  Sucess!

R. Rice, Myself, and J. Macsurak, fresh off of

Adams - Great "cool down", but we were definitely

ragged when finished.

Note: we climbed it because My friend Jim wanted to climb a "brand-name" mountain!


waspee - Dec 11, 2003 5:33 am

Route Climbed: From June Lake then ridge up to top Date Climbed: 23 August 2003  Sucess!

It was a beautiful day, but no one had thought about how much we added by going from June lake! On top of that we had to ferry cars back and forth, plus one wrong turn along the way, made that we didn't reach the summit until 16H15. Thank god going down was quick and easy, it only took me about 2H30. Was back down before dark.

A great day and unforgetable experience.


jasonconnell - Sep 26, 2003 3:39 am

Route Climbed: Worm Flows Date Climbed: Feb 8th 2003  Sucess!

My brothers first Volcano

Perfect summer type wether in February.

Jeff H - Sep 21, 2003 11:39 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: September 19th, 2003  Sucess!

Second time I have climbed this route. Actually had the summit all to myself for almost half an hour at 10:30am. Bringing my skis next spring.

K Williams

K Williams - Sep 15, 2003 12:41 am

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: 8-24-03  Sucess!

Truly amazing to think and see the explosive power of this Mountain making the climb through the boulders worthed. Shared the summit with a handful of people, saw and heard several rock slides into the crater. There seemed to be a small vent near the dome venting steam and could see Spirit lake in the distance as well as the near by mountains.


annaleiserabinek - Sep 3, 2003 1:50 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 25, 2003  Sucess!

I love a good rock scramble, much more than a slow trudge up scree and ash. Lucky for me I got the best of both worlds on St. Helens. When leaving Climbers Bivouac in the morning listen to the birds sing all the way to timberline. The rock scramble was tedious, but a blast. It seems to go much faster than the last 1000+' of two-steps-forward-one-back scree/ash sludge to the summit. The views into the crater are spectacular! Crazy! My climbing partner Cornvallis hiked a little way to the west down some scree, caused a rock fall, and up another ridge to reach the true summit....while the rest of us 99 hikers stayed on what everyone else thinks is the summit. The west side of Monitor Ridge has a very nice descent trail (there is no need to scramble over all those rocks again). The view of Rainier can't be beat from here. Wear sunscreen and a hat.

On a side note: We had time to kill to avoid rush hour traffic in Portland so we hiked through Lava Canyon. Besides its nice to take an easy walk and let your leg muscles cool down before getting right into the car. Its beautiful. Take the time to see it. It has a fun, very safe, suspension bridge. Its a quick 1.4 mile loop, cool and in the shade. Amazing powerful waterfalls.

donstr - Sep 2, 2003 6:38 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 29, 2003  Sucess!

I did it! So did my wife and 11 year old son. 4.6 miles each way, 4,500 feet of elevation gain. There are three sections to the hike. 1) 2 miles through a forested area to the end of the timberline. Only 1,000 feet of elevation gain. (From Elevation 3,800 to 4,800) A walk in the park. But then: 2) Scrambling and miandering through rocks for the next 2+ miles. This is the real struggle of the hike. Keep as close to the posts as possible. The beautiful views of the surrounding nmountains, Hood and Adams begin to unfold as you hike through a rather barren moonscape of rock, pumice and ash. Then; 3) A steady slow hike through ash to the summit, starting at elevation 7,000 to the rim of the crater at 8,300 feet. Then you can look down right into the crater. You can't capture what you see in a picture, only a snapshot in your head will do. It is surreal.

Advice: Make sure you leave before 7 AM in the morning (not 9, like us). Bring 3 quarts of water per person minimum (not 2 as it says on the web site). I would also advise staying in a motel or bed and breakfast, you're going to feel dirtier (from the ever present ash) than you've ever felt before. You'll want nothing more than a nice shower after you're all done.


Cornvallis - Aug 27, 2003 4:48 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 25, 2003  Sucess!

Pulled into Climbers Bivouac at dusk. Exhausted from the day’s climb of Mt. Adams we decided to crash in the back of my truck. Much better night of sleep than the prior night spent at the Lunch Counter on Adams. Crawled out of the truck in the twilight to enjoy the sunrise, much to the dismay of a sleepy annalieserabineck ;-) Started off around 6:30 AM under clear blue sky. Enjoyed the rocky scramble up monitor ridge until we hit the upper "beach" slog to the crater rim. Had amazing views from the crater rim as far as the Olympics and Mt. Baker. Traversed along the crater rim to find the true summit. Enjoyed nearly 2 hours on the rim on a clear warm day with relatively few climbers (only 58 on the register for the day). The trip back down to timberline was fast and fun through soft ash and scree. 12,000 feet gained over 3 days, good times!


Otomax - Aug 20, 2003 6:40 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: August 14, 1987  Sucess!

First climb ever. Really loved it, even with poor fitting, borrowed climbing boots, totally inadequate water supply and ridiculous route finding skills.

Phil Decker

Phil Decker - Aug 7, 2003 7:17 pm

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July, 2002  Sucess!

Dusty, busy, but well worth the sunset.


crirwin - Aug 1, 2003 11:31 am

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 27, 2003  Sucess!

Took my 15 yr old daughter Katie and her friend Krystal. Decided to make an early morning run for it to catch sunrise up on the mountain. Left Climbers Bivouac at 1:00am. Soon after departing camp heard a coyote howling and about 15 minutes later came our headlamps picked up two sets of yellow eyes peering back at us from about 30 yards up the trail. Broke through timberline and followed the posts in the darkness up Monitor Ridge. Kicked back for about an hour just below 7000 ft. and watched the sun rise over Mt. Adams. Finally packed up and hit the summit about 7:15. Weather was perfect and the view great as usual. Headed back down about 8:30 and ran into a caravan of people heading up. Also ran into a number of very aggressive squirrels!! They have us humans well trained. One of them jumped on Katie and tried to run up her leg.

Katie described the climb as "awesome," which makes it all worthwhile.

Climbers Bivouac was a zoo the night before. Hard to get even a few hours of sleep with the loud party going on . Certainly the place to avoid on a summer weekend!


amochka - Jul 27, 2003 11:51 am

Route Climbed: Monitor Ridge Date Climbed: July 22, 2002  Sucess!

Beautiful steep hike. Easy going through the forest up to timberline from Climbers Bivouac. Loved the sight of our headlamps bobbing through the trees and the small patches of snow still hidden in the forest.

Monitor Ridge itself a real slog....just straight up the side of the mountain. On the way up, ran into the first group coming down. They had started at midnight and had the experience of watching the sunrise from the mountain.

Tough going up the boulders near top of Monitor ridge...just a lot of climbing over rocks and picking a trail to the top. Only truly painful part of the trip was the pumice field near the summit. One step up and two steps back...progress was difficult, but cresting the summit was worth that bit of pain...what an amazing view!

I grew up in Portland and remember the eruption from my childhood. I've always seen Mt. St. Helens on our skyline, but climbing to the top and looking into the mountain gives you a completely different perspective. I will never look at this mountain the same way again. It's just a shell of a mountain!

A lot of very large rockfall into the crater while we were at the summit. The ground would vibrate when really large compact-car sized boulders would break loose and tumble into the crater. We stayed clear of the interest in experiencing a tumble in.

The trip down...what a blast!! That same painful pumice field was a hell of a lot more fun going down...leaping through the air, it felt like we could take off and fly back to the Bivouac.

Knees were a bit sore by the bottom of Monitor ridge, and the sun was blaring down by now, so very hot.

Would love to do this mountain when there's snow on it...

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