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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at the weather forecast, I decided to go south and climb Mt St Helens. Permits for all the weekends are already full, so I was left with the option of climbing on Monday, so I took the chance! It turns out to be the 29th anniversary of the 1980 blast! Pure luck


After taking the permit at Cougar, spent some time exploring Ape Cave (amazing lava tubes) I set up camp at the Marble Mountain Snopark (Climber Bivouac was still closed by snow)
On Monday morning we started hiking up this amazing volcano.

1-2 views at timberline
3. hiking up the worm flow

1. 2. 3.

We took the worms flow route. The views opened up quickly. It was a boiling hot day and snow was slushy almost right from the start. We were able to boot part of it, but decided to put the snowshoes fairly quickly. Some people hiked with boots, but they had a long slog! Most people were skiing.


1. Time to put snowshoes on
2. Worm flow with Mount Adams
3. Going up

1. 2. 3.

4. looking down at what we just climbed
5-6 Skiers and hikers spread on the volcano's slope
4. 5. 6.


The last push is hard. I could see someone on the rim, who seemed to be fairly close, but it took a long time get up to the rim. Had to stop every 5 steps!
But suddenly the views from the rim over the crater are breathtaking. Watching the lava dome and smoke coming out of it, hearing rocks falling from the sides, smelling sulphur, the snow still covering part of it. This volcano is only sleeping....

1. Lava dome forming
2-3 Crater and steam coming out
1. 2. 3.

4. West part of the Crater rim
5. View of Rainier
5. East part of the crater
4. 5. 6.

Nice views in every direction, Rainier, Mt Hood, Mt Adams ...
The cornices along the rim were dangerously overhanging the crater. That's a direct drop into the lava dome...

7. Mt St Helens smooth slopes and Mount Adams
8. Cornice overhanging the crater.
9. People coming up the last steep part
7. 8. 9.

I went to the highest point along the rim. It's not really a summit anymore, but couldn't see the crater from there because I was scared of the unstable cornices.

1. Enjoying the day
2. Highest point along the rim
1. 2.

Going back down was a fun and super long glissade!
1. On the way down
2. Group shot with Mt St Helens
1. 2.

Those volcanoes have something special. They really attract me and I was fascinated by the crater.
As a bonus, the north side of Mt Saint Helens, from Johnston Ridge observatory



More pictures of the long weekend here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cookier...7618440744705/
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Woah! Not your avg report!
Awesome work, great photos! Incredible!



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Magnificient Sabine.

Mt. St. Helens has been on my wish list to visit for many years. And you got to hike it, and so very well done.

And bonus you did on an anniversary date too.

I clearly recall haring the [u]Mt. St. Helen's boom in 1980</u>, when I was studying and doing a thesis report in a basement street in the Dunbar area of Vancouver that morning.

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Wow!!!!!!!!![]LOVE volcanos!!!What a great report and beauty pics!!!
Thanks for that!!![^][8D]
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Excellent TR and wonderful pictures! I remember the erruption well. Love those shots of the steamy crater!
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Wonderful report! Keep them coming
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I remember that eruption when I was living in Victoria and my house shook so badly I thought the end of the world was nigh!

Love the pics. Looks like a perfect day out! [^]
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Nice pic's!!!

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Thanks everyone. It must have been really impressive to be in the area during the erruption. Was there a lot of ash falling in Vancouver?
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What a fantastic report!! I'd love to get up there as I was only in the area once, when the crater rim trail was closed due to "volcanic activity."

Has it really been 29 years? I remember that morning. I was just a kid and slept through the whole thing. My mother, in the next bedroom over, was awoken by the boom. This was in Vancouver as well. I don't remember ash, but I remember dismal weather for the next little while.
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Good on you Sabine! Thanks for sharing. [^]
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that was the day of my friends 18th birthday ...we were all out camping in the bush it was freaky.....we all thought it was the alchol that we had drank....
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Nice trip and pictures. Volcanoes are fun and unique, a worthy goal.
I went up the Dogshead Route on St. Helens on May 19, 78, 2 years less a day to the explosion. My wife was waiting 650m below, so I stopped short of the summit. I'm still anticipating the climb to the summit, although I hiked up to the current elevation of the summit. Does that count as a completed climb?
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EAK, you might also wait 200 years so that the new lava dome builds up to the pre-1980 blast height, and climb it again [B)] [)]
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Cool trip report, Sabine. Thanks.

Well done.[8D]
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