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.
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. Read More →
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. Read More →
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. Read More →
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. Read More →