Ascent of Mount Saint Helens on 2018-05-28

Climber: Jeremy Benezra

Others in Party:Wife
Date:Monday, May 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Saint Helens
    Elevation:8333 ft / 2539 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sunday morning we drove to the trailhead. There is no detour near Cougar as there was last year. Our climbing permit was for Monday and we camped Sunday night and Monday night. We wanted to set up camp as close as we could to 4800 feet but we didn’t see any flat spots and descended to about 4500 feet and found a nice spot with no snow about 1000 feet west of the Worm Flows trail. We set up camp, ate din and got to bed at about 11.

Woke up, leisurely start leaving camp at 910am. Made our own path to meet up with the trail. Slow and steady pace past the weather station, mostly on snow from there, and we hit the crater rim. We then traversed over to the true summit reaching the tip top right at 2pm and I did some summit push ups!

Many people at the rocky overlook into the crater but none of them went the next couple hundred feet to the true summit. We were on the summit for about half an hour eating and taking photos and we didn’t see anyone else tag the true summit. Which is something I don’t understand. In my opinion it doesn’t count until you touch the top. Or in this case a couple feet from the high point as it’s a giant snow cornice! One person’s footprints were super close to the edge though!

We had fantastic views. Our view at camp was gas good even looking straight at Hood. But on top you had a great view of massive Mt Adams and Rainier, we could even see another peak past Hood, maybe Jefferson? We really lucked out with great weather.

The descent was super fun with some really fast glissades wearing garbage bag diapers. Plunge stepped awhile and navigated back to our campsite without using gps or map, which was kind of fun, arriving a little before 5.

Didn’t use traction devices or an axe. It wasn’t really needed today, trekking poles sufficed. Though we saw some people in crampons with axes.

Then we broke out some wine and my wife surprised me with a giant Reece’s pieces peanut butter cup with a candle!

It was a lot of fun to check off a notable volcano summit on my bday with my wife. What a treat!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear

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