Ascent of Mount Saint Helens on 2006-07-25

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Strangers
Date:Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Saint Helens
    Elevation:8333 ft / 2539 m

Ascent Trip Report

The eruption which started October 1, 2004 caused the mountain to be off limits to climbers for nearly two years. When the national monument decided to allow climbers again, I was lucky enough to find a party with an extra pass and joined them for the climb. What a fabulous day it was. We essentially watched as the mountain was growing, taking photos of big rockslides down the sides of the cone with huge plumes of dust and ash rising sometimes high above the rim. We were able to glissade several times on the descent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Route:Monitor Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Climbers Bivouac  3740 ft / 1139 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4593 ft / 1399 m
    End Trailhead:Climbers Bivouac  3740 ft / 1139 m

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