Ascent of Mount Saint Helens on 1997-08-04

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Lee Chai Lau
Robert Prochazka
Date:Monday, August 4, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Saint Helens
    Elevation:8333 ft / 2539 m

Ascent Trip Report

A scramble up the south slopes to the crater's edge - a very neat, unique experience. This was not at all like most of my other climbs and quite different from scaling Mt. Adams just a couple of days prior to this. The volcanic sand and boulders are a little ecosystem in their own right - lots of unique plants growing on lower slopes. The ascent would be a long trudge if it didn't come with such great views and the chance to look into the crater where a new volcanic cone is actively growing. 1400 m elevation gain from the base.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Grade/Class:easy scramble (F)
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
sunny, warm day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Route:south slopes
    Start Trailhead:3740 ft / 1139 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Route:same as ascent
    End Trailhead:3740 ft / 1139 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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