Ascent of Pre-eruption Mount Saint Helens on 1977-06-12

Climber: Randy Oakley

Date:Sunday, June 12, 1977
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pre-eruption Mount Saint Helens
    Elevation:9677 ft / 2949 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed via the Dogshead route with my dad, sisters Karen and Lisa and brother Andrew and some friends of Karen and Lisa whose names I don't recall.

Roped up above Dogshead. We had problems with crampons balling up above 8500ft. Andrew got frustrated, but hey he had only just turned 12.

This was our fourth attempt at Mt St Helens -- we had tried the past two Memorial day weekends and ran into high winds and fog at the top of the Dogshead and turned around. One time we actually had St Elmo's fire dancing on the picks of our ice axes -- we headed down very quickly when that happened.

This time we came back a couple weeks later and had better weather.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope

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