Ascent to Mount Saint Helens-Monitor Ridge Summit on 2007-06-12

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:David Volk
Date:Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Mount Saint Helens - Monitor Ridge Summit
    Elevation:8280 ft / 2523 m

Ascent Trip Report

Very poor visibility for entire climb (see weather), but we broke through the clouds just below the crater rim. The sudden change in visibility (and view down into the crater) made for one of the most dramatic change in views I've ever experienced. The climb up was the only time I've ever seen horizontal icicles (up to 6").
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4560 ft / 1390 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Frigid, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
Weather system moving in made for single digit temperatures and extreme wind
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4560 ft / 1390 m
    Route:Monitor Ridge
    Trailhead:Climbers Bivouac  3720 ft / 1133 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Glisade near Monitor Ridge

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