Mount St. Helens Guided Climb

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One of the benefits to volunteering on Mount St. Helens is I get to assist with guided climbs to the crater rim. The climb I did this past weekend was a Geology on High climb where a geologist leads the climb and talks about the different features of the mountain. I learned a lot of new and interesting things about Mount St. Helens past and also enjoyed seeing the clients make it up the mountain for the first time.

The weather started out really nice but by the top we reached the crater rim the clouds had moved in. We did get small break in the clouds which gave us a small glimpse into the crater.

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A Weekend on Mount Adams

Standing at the summit

Over the past seven weeks I have been taking a mountaineering and climbing course with the Mazamas, a mountaineering organization here in Portland. In order to practice roped glacier travel and snow climbing, we spent the past few days up on Mount Adams in Washington. Camping at 9,000 feet was a lot of fun and offered some amazing views of the Cascade Mountains.

The best part about the trip was summiting on the final morning. The weather was perfect and the view from over 12,000 feet was amazing. It was a great experience and I learned a lot during the practice sessions. Mount Adams is now the highest mountain that I have climbed in the Pacific Northwest.

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Perfect Day on Mount St. Helens

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Today turned out to be a great day to spend volunteering on Mount St. Helens. The weather was perfect and the views from the crater rim were awesome. There were a lot of people on the mountain today and I got to talk to quite a few different groups.

Despite climbing the mountain a bunch of times this year, it is still my favorite mountain in the Cascades. I am still fascinated by the crater and the view never gets old.

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Nice Hike to Munra Point

View from the Top

View from the Top

I took advantage of the great weather we had this weekend and went out for a hike. Decided to hike up to Munra Point, which is now one of my favorite hikes in the Columbia River Gorge.

It’s a steep scramble to the top and the hike felt a lot longer than it actually was. I even used my hands a few times trying to get up the rocky sections. The view at the top made the climb well worth it.

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