Mount Saint Helens

Mount Saint Helens Trip Report (#6812)

  • Signed By: John McGilvra
  • Date submitted: March 18, 2001
  • Date(s) climbed: 9/19/00, 10/23/00, 11/22/00, 12/4/00, 1/6/01, 1/16/01, 2/20/01, 2/25/01.

I love this mountain climbing stuff. I have been to the rim of Mt. St. Helens 8 times in the last six months. It is a totally beautiful view which includes the interior of the volcano and it's dome, Spirit Lake, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and a lot of the rest of the Cascade Range. Try to go on a clear day. I have also been to the summits of Mt. Whitney, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Bachelor and others all in the last six months. The reasons I do Mt. St. Helens so much are that it is the closest big mountain and named the same as the town I live near which is St. Helens Oregon.

The easy routes are non technical allthough I take crampons, snowshoes and a ice axe in the winter. In the winter on the Worm Flows route, it takes me about 4-5 hours up and 2-3 hours down. It is about 10 miles roundtrip and a gain of over 5,600 feet.

The summer route of Monitor Ridge is closer at about 8 miles round trip and a gain of about 4,500 feet. Gaiters help to keep the vocanic dust and small rocks out of your boots. I am 48 years old and almost always go alone. I travel fast and light with about a 12 pound pack which includes 3 liters of water. I am also into road bicycle riding. I would be happy to try and answer your questions. John.

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