Had really awesome weather! Camped at Helen and weathered a scenic and playful hail squall with rainbows. Hit the Gulch at ~ 5 AM and reached the summit around 9. A chilly wind up there, but clear as a bell. Can't wait to come back.
Overnighted at Helen Lake. Moderate winds which died overnight. Summited next morning and retuned to car. Very hot & slushy below 10K. Great mountain, first non-Sierra climb.
went for a two day trip making camp at Helen Lake. high winds all day on day 1 to get to camp but forecast called for a clear window the next morning, forecast was wrong! had to bail! will be back and beautiful mountain
Soloed the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge 4th of July weekend, 2008. Climbed to the top five times: twice view Hotlum-Bolam, once via Hotlum Glacier, once via Clear Creek Route, and once, at age 9, via Avy Gulch. A great mountain to introduce one's self to the world of mountaineering.
Covered in snow from the bottom, great for climbing in the morning, glissading down. Not a cloud in the sky the whole time!
There was snow about 1-2 thousand feet below the Red Banks, through the Red Banks, and then above them it was completely dry. Beautiful, frigid morning summit.
First ever peak ascent. Two day summit. Beautiful mountain...but could not escape my raging headache. Great experience.
Camped on Casaval Ridge and climbed to the summit the next day. We descended the West Face and traversed back to camp. Super trip!
Wanted to do this for most of my life. Finally got around to it last June. Stayed at horse camp and summited the next day. I ended up buying an annual pass because I didn't think I would summit the first time. Not wanting to waste it I came back the first week the old ski bowl opened up and climbed in 1 day. I'll definitely climb this one again by different routes.
I went up the Avalanche Gulch route. People scared me about the Red Banks but there was nothing to worry about at all there. I think the most challenging part was the long haul before the Banks. It looked like my group was the only group to make it on the morning we went. Lots of people turned back before the Banks (as we saw on our way down). OK glissade on the way down but a little too steep for me on or below the RBs- I walked down a bit first. :)
Climbed the Casaval Ridge. Originally planned on bringing skis for the descent, but didn't. I regretted the decision as the West Face looked to be a great ski run.
A climbing partner and I led a blind friend of mine up one of the harder (Hotlum-Wintun Ridge)routes and he did great. He had only climbed Mt. St. Helens before, so it was huge a accomplishment, even for a sighted person. It was for us too.
Solstice 2006, July 2007. Skiing off summit with 7000vertical of velvet both times. Oh yeah!
All of my hard work and training paid off. Only 2 out of a group of 6 made it to the top. A lot of snow and ice this year. Great experience!
Traversed to the ridge from the other side of the mountain from our camp out of Northgate. Summited and decided via the Bolam and back down the Hotlam-Bolam Ridge.
Straightforward climb, up the main Red Banks chimney. Still lots of snow left for this time of year. We didn't witness any rockfall. Windy and cold at Misery Hill. Awesome glissade back to Helen!
I climbed up Avy Gulch. I did it solo but I didn't feel like I was alone :) I had an awesome time snow was nice and hard but I did start at 1:00 a.m. Good times in the dark!!! I didn't think the altitude would bug me to much but I started to hurt around 12000. It was a long day on the mountain I think I was on the mountain 15 hrs.
This mountain has it in for me. Got blown off Casaval for the 2nd time.
bivied at 10,850 saturday night, climbed to the summit in just under five hours. No running water; had to melt old snow. Had the north side, maybe the entire mountain, all to ourselves this weekend
aesthetic route -- looking forward to climbing this again in summer
Good time, great conditions up avy gulch...made quick work of the mountain.