Mount Saint Helens

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Mount Saint Helens Trip Report (#21415)

  • Signed By: Bart Damron
  • Date submitted: September 03, 2008
  • Date(s) climbed: 9/28/06
  • Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Highly

My sister and I arrived to the trailhead around 5AM and waited for the first bits of sunlight to start our climb. The first mile or so is fairly easy, climbing through forested areas and picking your way around rocks. After you get above treeline, the way becomes more difficult and you must pick out the cairns to stay on the correct path. All of the rock is volcanic and therefor sharper in texture than what you'll see in Colorado for instance. Gloves are a good idea! Closer to the top, the large rock gives way to a finer, almost sand-like pummice stone which is extrememly difficult to walk on. My sister and I both recalled that it reminded us of walking up the big dunes in the Great Sand Dunes NP. As we neared the top, the way became even steeper, but the reward as we summitted (or rimmed out) was amazing. A sheer drop of several thousand feet made for one of the best summit experiences I've had. The history behind the explosion and the lives lost, also made it more meaningful.

We made it up and down by 1pm. No issues aside from my sister's blisters and running out of water. (But that was our own fault.)

A great climb!

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