Mount Saint Helens Climber's Log

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techboy - May 20, 2020 2:59 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2020

40th anniversary climb

Climbed Wormflows for the 40th anniversary. We started at 3:45 AM. There were some long patches of soft snow below timberline. Did not need snowshoes or crampons but hiking poles with snow baskets helped a lot. We took the ridge up to a bit over 6000' and then we were on crusty soft snow the rest of the way. At around 8:30 AM at 7200 feet the visibility turned to near zero so we turned back. You could probably glissade most of the way down to Timberline. My 21st climb of this mountain, but the first time I didn't actually summit.

kirstenw

kirstenw - Apr 18, 2020 11:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2013

First summit!  Sucess!

My first mountain summit - so beautiful! No snow that year.

freedeep

freedeep - Mar 25, 2020 8:37 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 1990

Easy day hike to summit interesting volcanic landscape  Sucess!

Day hike to summit, then down and around to explore the ash and debris fields. At Missoula Montana the St Helens ashfall was a heavy dusting, compare that to the 2000 feet thick volcanic debris east of the Yellowstone Caldera (Pilot and Index Peaks vertical height is almost entirely volcanic debris). So some day we may witness a serious eruption.

Snofzig

Snofzig - Mar 16, 2020 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2020

Worm Flows Ascent  Sucess!

Terrible weather conditions, but a fun summit nevertheless. The lodge at the Marble Mountain Sno park is a great place to make breakfast before starting your alpine start. Also, if some snowmobilers stop by to make a fire when you return to your car, that is a great bonus.

DawnchaserTheAdventurer

DawnchaserTheAdventurer - Oct 13, 2019 12:28 am Date Climbed: May 30, 2018

Easy ascent... crazy descent  Sucess!

Hit the trail for the Worm Flows at 1 am, and reached the summit at 6:30 on the dot. Was sleep-deprived coming down though, and mistakenly came down the Monitor Ridge route, while it was still under heavy snow, and ended up shwackin' my way back to the car... for 6 hours. That wasn't so fun. Great views at the summit though

InfinityMountaineering03

InfinityMountaineering03 - Oct 3, 2019 1:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2019

Nonstop  Sucess!

I climbed this once when I was 11 and once when I was 15 (just this last summer). The first time I remember crossing over the first section of Monitor Ridge and seeing the summit for the first time. When I saw the summit, I lost all motivation. I ended up eating a cliff bar for the first time and getting enough energy to get up.

This summer I got about 1 hour of sleep out of anticipation for the climb the following day - probably not a good idea. Anyways, we started on the trail at exactly 8:00, and I was on Monitor Ridge by 9:00. The only time I stopped was to take my jacket off. Breaking out of the fog and being able to see for miles in a mist-filled sunlight is one of the most magical experiences of my life, and I was not expecting it. My experience with climbing and scrambling aided to cruising through Monitor Ridge in under an hour (9:45). I was still not remotely experiencing fatigue at this point and got to the top in under 30 minutes (Summit at 10:11). I was extremely happy with this and am looking forward to Adams and Rainier in 2020.

~Nick Stoker (Infinity Mountaineering/The Mountain Range Project)

Annalikeslenses

Annalikeslenses - Sep 28, 2019 2:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2019

Never been on a mountain with half of it missing!  Sucess!

Found this one surprisingly easy for a fairly large mountain! Stellar views from the crater rim, never seen anything like it. Great visibility to Rainier, Adams, Hood, even Jefferson in the distance. Start early or just hike fast to get ahead of the slow-moving crowds...my friend and I didn't start until 7 or so but passed pretty much everyone on the trail going up and had the summit to ourselves for a while before the masses started to catch up!

alexewhitney85 - Sep 12, 2019 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2019

Worm Flows Route  Sucess!

Beautiful clear day, and a fantastic glissade down almost 4k feet from the summit to treeline.

Suzannemilee - Sep 11, 2019 10:51 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2019

Amazing!  Sucess!

Go early, bring water.

cascadescrambler

cascadescrambler - Aug 21, 2019 11:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1976

When it was 1312 feet higher  Sucess!

One of my most fun glacier climbs - up the Forsyth Glacier, plus a 1000 foot glissade off the Dog's Head in a track so deep it looked like a bobsled run

marieg

marieg - Jul 30, 2019 1:42 pm

Great Hike  Sucess!

Can't remember the year, but my dog Scooter Bug made it to the top with us! :)

dannydeckers - Jun 20, 2019 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2013

Hot Snow  Sucess!

I remember it being super hot and the summit being super sketchy. Would love to do it again

bluecappo

bluecappo - Jun 18, 2019 12:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2017

MSH  Sucess!

Great climb up after a spontaneous invite from an old friend. Perfect weather - we had almost no snow travel this time of year.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Jun 15, 2019 3:43 pm

MSH  Sucess!

Perfect weather and conditions for an excellent climb with Michael and Brian (and several hundred of our closest friends). Trip Report

wojcock - May 22, 2019 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2019

First Volcano of the year  Sucess!

Only 6 days after getting married I decided to send this bad boi. when of the first 10 people to make the summit followed by a huge group. Sent first glissade tracks back down!

travel_murse

travel_murse - Mar 24, 2019 10:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2018

36 hours awake  Sucess!

2 steps up 1 step down

utclimber - Jan 18, 2019 9:47 pm Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2018

Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked up Monitor Ridge after getting a last minute permit. Round trip in about 4 hours 40 minutes.

cherzan

cherzan - Jan 10, 2019 8:18 am Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2018

Last clear weekend  Sucess!

Caught the last clear weekend before the winter weather really set in. The summer route was open and clear.

Dundeel

Dundeel - Nov 27, 2018 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012

MSH  Sucess!

Had a difficult time, at the rim, trying to explain to a young man what the mountain looked like before the blast.

kronshage3

kronshage3 - Nov 13, 2018 7:04 am Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2018

Via Monitor Ridge  Sucess!

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.

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