May 11, 2015

Mount St. Helens: Mother’s Day 2015

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Note: The summer route via Climber’s Bivouac is now OPEN.

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.

Monitor Ridge Conditions

The summer route is now open and free of snow until roughly 5,500 feet. It is possible to get up to the USGS station at 6,800 feet without stepping on much snow. There is some snow in the gully next to the ridge if you prefer to get in the snow earlier and avoid the scree and boulders. From the station, it is possible to take the snow most of the way up to the crater rim but there are a few spots of exposed rock and scree along the way.

Beware of the cornice at the crater rim. It’s best to keep some distance away from the edge so that you are standing on solid ground.

Photos

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

Looking up towards Monitor Peak

Looking up towards Monitor Peak

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Climbers on the Worm Flows route

Climbers on the Worm Flows route

Heading up towards the crater rim

Heading up towards the crater rim

Crowd at the crater

Crowd at the crater

Large crowd at the crater

Large crowd at the crater

Unicorn glissading on a shark

Unicorn glissading on a shark

2 thoughts on “Mount St. Helens: Mother’s Day 2015

  1. Juha TYni

    Just found your blog site – very nice!
    I have been up there a number of times but only in the summer. Sooner or later I will do the winter climb.

    What do you mean
    “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”
    Is there special permits for Mothers Day?

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