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Mt. St. Helens climb

  • Dec 1, 2012 · 4:00 AM

The weather report as of when this event is posted on Sunday, November 25th calls for snow and wind starting Wednesday and probably continuing through the weekend. Expect temperatures in the low 20's at the “summit” which means that wind chill could easily bring the effective temperatures down to close to zero degrees. I don't expect any avalanche issues but there should be a fair amount of fresh snow.


The group will be limited to eight people, all in good shape and prepared for winter conditions.


If the road is still open we'll start at Climbers Bivouac. If not we'll start at Marble Mountain. Either way expect the climb to take between ten and twelve hours. We'll leave Portland crazy early at 4 AM, stop in Cougar for permits – no charge this time of year- with the intention to start climbing before 7 AM.


Distance: 10-12 miles depending on starting trail head


Elevation gain: 4,500-5,500 feet depending on starting trail head




Snow shoes w/poles


Lot's of warm clothes




We'll probably not need crampons. I'll let you know after I talk to the forest ranger.


To join the climb please send me a climbing resume no later then noon Tuesday. I will send an email to the climb team no later then Wednesday morning to let you know you are accepted. Due to the short notice there will not be a pre climb meeting. We'll deal with logistics by email.

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  • EricPeterson

    Epic TR!! Did you get your 25 steps in to my 75 and Mayhems 150? :)

    December 5, 2012

  • Nicholas

    So very, very jealous. Good job guys.

    December 3, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    What an adventure this must of been. I have heard of people going right on into the crater in white out conditions.

    December 3, 2012

  • Aron C.

    Challenge builds character. I saw this climb on Friday, I'll have to pay more attention to the calendar so I don't miss out on great chances to build character and make new friends.

    December 2, 2012

  • Darren

    This was an amazing introduction to winter climbing with an incredible team! The weather, terrain and snow conditions made this the most challenging climb I've ever done. I was impressed with everyone and their positive attitudes under tough circumstances. I'd be more than happy to climb with each of you anytime. Look me up if you're ever in Bend. I'm looking forward to the next one!

    December 2, 2012

  • Magnus

    The weather predictions came through with a wind chill factor of <10 on top and very low visibility much of the day. The pictures show the conditions quite well. Very solid team that I'd be happy to climb with any time.The top 3,000 feet it looked like I imagine it during some of the climbing scenes in movies with five people against the elements and the odds sometimes seemingly against them but like in the movies the ending was pure Hollywood and the team came down with few blemishes, stronger then they went up in the morning and stories to tell.

    1 · December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, what a team to climb with. I certainly never would have attempted this climb alone and I would go as far to say that none of my previous outdoor adventures have ever pushed my endurance and willingness to bear the elements as this hike did. I feel so much gratitude toward Scott for being such a great teacher, to Magnus for making team safety a priority, to Darren for his navigation skills and helpful spirit and to Svetlana for never complaining and being the modest hiking machine that she is. Hope to climb with this team again!

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Given the sore throat I had all day yesterday and today, I'm glad I sat this one out. Great job, everyone!!

    December 2, 2012

  • Svetlana

    That was probably the hardest climb I did so far. Thanks to everybody for being a great team. I can't believe we made it all the way to the rim (and back) in the whiteout weather. Special thanks to Darren and Scott for navigating and getting us to the trail from top in conditions with three foot visibility. I thought this climb was a challenge and an achievement at the same time. Certainly will do another climb with this team again.

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    After many hours of careful consideration during a sleepless night (storm raging outside) and a last-minute weather check, I have decided that I do not feel comfortable proceeding today, and would not want to be a hindrance to the group in such extreme conditions. In addition, I also have been coming down with a cold and probably shouldn't anger the immune system gods any more than necessary. I wish you all safe climbing and amazing adventures today, and await photos! I look forward to meeting everyone on a future endeavor, and apologize for bugging out at the last minute -- it's actually one of my pet peeves -- but I think it's for the best in this case. Be safe!

    December 1, 2012

  • Benson L.

    It is all about the weather. I climbed on Nov 2nd. It was windy and rain/snow mixture. Temp was about 32F but with windchill about 15F. We had to turn around 300 ft below summit.
    Climb itself was not too bad. Snow level started about 6000 ft. Snow between rocks. It was bit challenge. From the monitor station snow was totally covered. Two of my fingers are still numb. I had six fingers with light frost bite. Bring extra pair of glove.

    November 26, 2012

  • cindi e.

    Hi Andrew! You are absolutely right, this is not an easy hike up a mountain. After climbing all the Cascade peaks though, I found this with a few others relatively more like a challenging day hike. That is what I meant. Yes, climbers should be in great cardio shape to do Mt St Helen's : ).

    November 25, 2012

  • Andrew

    tentative yes. prefer to do a day hike from marble mtn. This won't be a hike. Helen's will require fitness and snow safety skills. Prefer to climb with others with adequate fitness and snow climbing skills.

    November 25, 2012

  • Magnus


    Sometimes we post hikes several weeks before the actual event and often the people who RSVP early end up cancelling as the event nears. We have found that it's better to open up the event less then two weeks early when people know their schedules better.

    In this case I want to know who I am climbing with. This is not a good climb for rookies so I'll check everybody's climb resumes and pick a team of members who I think can have the proper experience. I'll post the climb team on Wednesday. It's both good and bad that Meetup does not don't have any standardized way of posting events. Each event organizer has his/her own idea of what works. Hope to see you at an event soon.

    November 25, 2012

  • cindi e.

    Wonderful day hike to the summit. I had a quickie to MeetUps, wonder how these are 'filled' as soon as a MeetUp shows up in my email. 'Wait list only' appears more than not, on first posting!

    November 25, 2012

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