Ascent of Mount Saint Helens on 2001-08-18

Climber: David Dawson

Date:Saturday, August 18, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Saint Helens
    Elevation:8333 ft / 2539 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail from the starting point to the summit initially follows a trail until it reaches the timberline, then ascends several thousand feet over large volcanic boulders. I used leather gloves to protect my hands, and I frequently scrambled on all fours over the rocks. Large wood posts mark the route as it ascends. The route abruptly leaves the rock field at about 1500 feet or so below the summit. From that point on it continues to the summit through sand and ash. I used gaiters to keep the ash out of my boots. To find the summit, continue straight toward the volcano rim, then follow the footprints in the sand. Return to the trailhead via the same route. I was 12 years old at the time I did this, so it took me about 10 hours round trip, but most adults can do it in less time than that.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7203 ft / 2195 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7203 ft / 2195 m
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot  1130 ft / 344 m
Descent Statistics

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