Mount St. Helens via Monitor Ridge

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This past Sunday I went up Mount St. Helens as part of a volunteer training day. The weather turned out to be amazing and the snow is really starting to melt out. We started at the Climber’s Bivouac, which cuts down the elevation gain and mileage a bit compared to the winter route.

The beginning of the hike is snow free and the snow starts around tree line. However, it is possible to avoid the snow for a good portion of the climb since the rocks are now exposed all the summer route.

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Mount Hood Climb via The Old Chute

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Over the past two years, I have attempted to climb Mount Hood multiple times. Unfortunately the weather never cooperated and the climbs were either cancelled or turned back early. The weather finally worked in my favor last weekend and I was able to reach the highest summit in Oregon for the first time.

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Mount St. Helens Mother’s Day Climb

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For the first time in a few years, the weather on mother’s day was perfect for climbing Mount St. Helens. As a result of the weather forecast, a record breaking number of people purchased climbing permits (over a 1,000). It was a lot of fun volunteering since I got to answer questions about the mountain and raise awareness about the Mount St. Helens Institute. I also gave away the Happy Mother’s Day! sign I created so that other people could take photos.

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The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

On a recent trip to California, I visited the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest located in the White Mountains of eastern California. These trees, some of which are more than 5,000 years old, grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet above sea level. I find it amazing that these trees have been around for such a long period of time. As you can see below, they are also very interesting looking.

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Back From Geology Field Camp

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I recently spent two weeks down in eastern California completing a geology field course. The course was a requirement for an earth sciences degree and introduced me to various field methods. The best part of the trip was spending each day in the field in one of the coolest places in the county. The White Mountains and Sierra Nevada were incredible.

Creating geological maps and cross sections was really challenging but also rewarding. I think I learned more in the field in two weeks than I did all of last school year. We also got to take a side trip to Yosemite as well as the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.

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