For the third year in a row, I spent Mother’s Day volunteering on Mount St. Helens. This year was a bit different since Climber’s Bivouac opened early and we were able to go up the Monitor Ridge summer route. Permits were also limited to 500 this year due to the fact that last year’s crowd was a bit too large for the mountain.
The Worm Flows winter route was also available and roughly 200 climbers were on each trail which helped split up the crowd. Lots of people had dresses and costumes on and we even saw a unicorn riding an inflatable shark down a glissade chute. Read More →
The weather was warm and sunny up on Mount St. Helens this weekend. The other good news is some new snow came in since I posted on the March 2015 conditions. Here is a nice comparison of the snow conditions this weekend (4/18/15) compared to last month:
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The warm and sunny weather yesterday provided a perfect opportunity to check out the snowpack conditions on Mount Saint Helens. I was expecting less than average snow for this time of year but I did not expect August like conditions. The Marble Mountain Sno-park is completely free of snow and the Worm Flows route does not hit snow until the USGS monitoring station at 5,600 feet. The conditions reminded me of what I typically see on the summer route in July or August.
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Climbing the Tooth in Washington has been on my list of climbs for some time now. My friend and I decided to climb it yesterday and we had a lot of fun. We climbed it via the South Face route which is rated 5.4 and has a pitch or two of 4th class along the way. Read More →
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My friend and I had a few climbs planned this week and the first one on our list was Ingalls Peak. We chose to do the South Ridge which has a few 5.4 pitches along with some class 3/4 scrambling. The climbing was really good except for the serpentine which was a bit slippery. The best part about this climb is the scenery. The view of Mount Stuart in the background was amazing and we even had a few mountain goats hanging out at our camp.
After running into a traffic jam on Three Fingered Jack a few weeks ago, we decided to return to finish the last 200 or so feet of the climb. We ran into a large group of climbers on the way up but after waiting near the base of the summit block we eventually got to make our way up. The Crawl was a fun traverse with a lot of exposure. Luckily the rock felt pretty solid under my feet and most of the loose stuff has been kicked off already. The final chimney was a lot of fun and was easy climbing on somewhat solid rock. Read More →