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Since I joined Meetup (summer 2017) I have climbed Mt. St. Helens twice. One was in Sept 2017 hosted by a SOA organizer, and the other was in May 2018. I hosted the second one but was supported by 4 strong & experienced hikers. I enjoyed both hikes. It was fascinating to see how nature transformed itself because of nature. Also, I somehow have an attachment to St. Helens. I moved to Seattle in 1998. My first exploration was the water front, and the first thing I did was watching the documentry movie of St. Helens' eruption. The next time I had a guest from out of town, I also brought her to the water front to watch the movie again. It was still good the second time for me. The only thing that was not so good was eating at a seafood restaurant somewhere there without knowing the price. I was unemployed then. I want to visit St. Helens again in the winter. I think it will be a different experience. I am looking for 3-4 strong & experienced hikers to join me. If I have 3-4 strong & experienced hikers I will be able to accommodate a few more moderate hikers. If there is greater interest I can form a team of 12. Before you join, please take a look at the Forest Service link below for more info about the hike. Please also read the date carefully, you will have to be available on that Fri afternoon. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=71937 Although you are still on the wait list, please only sign up if you are certain that you are interested in the hike. It is a winter trip, and we rely on one another for our safety. Lastly, please understand that while we work together as a team to ensure our safety, you are responsible for your own safety. PLAN: If the weather and avalanche condition are favorable we will come down Fri 3/22/19 afternoon. If the forecast is not good on 3/22/19, we will come down Fri 3/29/19 afternoon. We will carcamp at Marblemount SnoPark and climb Sat AM & go home Sat PM. We will decide the start time when we it gets closer. Once we have a team, we will have a conditioning hike on Sat 3/9/19 which I hope to mimic possible icy condition of St Helens. Most of us snowshoe in powdery condition well, but icy & steep slope is different. On Sat 3/9/19 we will also discuss some basic avalanche stuffs so that we are all on the same page. Potential conditioning hikes - Close to home is Silver Peak (just the ridge is ok); maybe Mt. Elinor, maybe Ruby Mountain? GEAR: -Sturdy boots that accept crampons -Trekking poles -Crampons (some may want to bring microspikes as well) -Snowshoes (all terrain type) -Ice axe -Avalanche shovel, probe, and beacon -Camping (tent, sleeping bag & pads, drivers may sleep in their vehicle) -Cooking dinner (stove, fuel) -Emergency bivy sack/blanket -Headlamp with fresh and extra batteries. Some say 2 is 1, and 1 is 0. -Sunglasses -Warm clothes, rain jacket, hats, and gloves (2 pairs: mid and heavy); flagrant free sun screen, lotion, etc. -Nylon/gortex rain pants (just in case) -Food and water for Friday night and Sat climb.
This trip need driver to happen. My car if full since I have cross posted this trip Seattle Outdoor Adventures is not a professionlly guided group and accepts no responibility for your safety or wellbeing. Its expected all participants read the details of this trip, you are responsible for your own safety and comfort. Let's backpack across Washington's coast Ozette beach to Point of the Arches. We will set up camp somewhere between Schaffer Creek camp sites and South Ozette camp sites. This is an easy trip so bring the little luxuries, as we are allowed to have campfires that make it easy to stay up late and take in the evening views. We have to get permits at the Port Angeles ranger station so we will have to get on the road early and to the trailhead as soon as possible since tides are a concern on this trip. That being said there is the potential to get wet either from surf or Ozette River. Please bring something like water socks and something to change into if we have to get wet to get past an obsticle. Everyone will have to pay for there permit fees the day of the tripwhile we are at the ranger station in Port Angeles. Camping fees are $8 per person per night plus a flat $6 permit fee. For example, the fee for 2 adults camping for 4 nights will be $70 ($64 camping fee + $6 permit fee). Those 15 years old and younger are free but are still counted in the group size. Olympic Annual Wilderness Passes are $45 per person. Wilderness Passes cover one individual's per night camping fees for 12 months from the month of purchase; permits and reservations are still required with Wilderness passes. Wilderness fees are non-refundable. https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/wilderness-trip-planner.htm https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/upload/OLYMmap1.pdf https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI1NTY2MQ== Bring your ten essentials Required gear: shelter (tent/ bivy) food warm clothing Cook set extra socks trekking poles sleeping pad head lamp sleeping bag Bear can is a must, You can get one from the ranger station for free if you don't have one. That is if they have any available. water socks water filter water bottles or bladder something to entertain yourself
March 13th update: I have received 7 reservations for this trip. 1 spot is available. Those on the “waitlist”, if I have contacted you, please make a PayPal payment (or make other arrangements with me) to secure your spot. First paid = first to go. Those on the “going” list have already paid. I'm organizing another group to this wonderful hot springs for Tuesday April 2nd. Up to 7 spots are available as of March 3. Let me know if you are wanting to go and I'll secure the appropriate number of reservations based on sign up interest here. Description: Let’s snowshoe or hike in ~2 miles OW and 1,100 ft of elevation gain, eat lunch & soak your cares and worries away, Trekking poles, sturdy boots, micro-spikes & gaiters are recommended as parts of the trail are steep and can be icy. At this elevation snowshoes aren't really needed, although you can use them if you want to. We can meet at 8:30 AM and carpool together from Everett (old K-Mart parking lot or 9:15 AM from Monroe, at the Tesla Supercharger station (SE corner of Fred Meyer) - I'm driving, and have room for 5 others. We’ll start hiking from the trailhead parking area at ~10:45 AM and arrive at the springs around 12 PM. Bring ample water for proper hydration and sufficient winter clothing. Cost for the hot springs is $5 each person. To reserve your spot for this trip, put your name on the wait list, and ONCE YOU HEAR FROM ME AND I HAVE OBTAINED THE RESERVATIONS - make a $5 payment via PayPal, THEN I’ll confirm and move you to the attendee list, email you a map with parking instructions and the necessary written permission to carry with you. You must read and abide by the Scenic View Hot Springs rules (I’ll send you a copy). If driving on your own, I’ll need to have your vehicle description and license plate information. NOTE: Please check your Meetup privacy settings and be ready to communicate promptly. Make sure your settings allow email from organizers. It is a challenge to plan if I can't contact you. Scenic View Hot Springs is located on Hwy 2 about 10 miles past Skykomish near Stevens Pass. Perched on a hillside the natural hot springs is situated on 40 acres of private property and has views of the valley and Windy Mountain. Prior written permission is required to access the property and is limited to 10 visitors per day. Clothing is optional (expect nudity); visits during daytime only; and no pets fires or glass is allowed (please transfer beverages to unbreakable containers). More information, blog, and rules can be found here: http://scenichotsprings.blogspot.com/ Meeting places (see more in photos): Everett: 8:30-8:45 AM (old K-Mart Parking lot) 8102 Evergreen Way: https://email@example.com,-122.2270096,211m/data=!3m1!1e3 Monroe: 9:15-9:30 AM (see map at right) 18805 US-2, Monroe at Tesla Supercharger: https://www.google.com/maps/place/47%C2%B051'44.7%22N+121%C2%B058'35.7%22Wfirstname.lastname@example.org,-121.9777232,423m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d47.86242!4d-121.976585 If you wish to attend a future Meetup trip to Scenic Hot Springs, let me know (via comments) your day of the week & date preference, then based on availability I'll organize another visit. Weekdays are best for me (if I'm not already skiing). Reservations on weekends are harder and require at least 3-4 mo's booking ahead of time due to the popularity.
At least some of our meetups involve advanced skills, which can include technical alpine climbing. These skills may include technical rope climbing skills such as lead and top belaying, rappelling, gear management, communication, cleaning routes, and attaching to and building anchors. This meetup is intended to introduce participants to technical alpine climbing skills needed to follow on a route. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR FORMAL INSTRUCTION AND PRACTICE. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO STILL TAKE A CLIMBING OR MOUNTAINEERING COURSE. ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD KNOW HOW TO BELAY AND ROCK CLIMB ON TOP ROPE, AND HAVE BASIC MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS. PARTICIPANTS ACCEPT ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY. 7AM: Plan to meet at the Park and Ride. We will load gear and arrange carpools, and drive to the practice location (T.B.D.) 9-10 AM: We will practice skills. We should break for lunch around noon. 5 PM: Arrive back at the cars. 7-8 PM: Arrive back at the Park and Ride Gear needed: Climbing Harness Helmet Caribiners (6 locking, 4 non-locking minimum) ATC belay device Hollow block PAS (Personal anchor system). You can substitute sling or runner for this. Double length sling and/or Courdulette (20 foot length is ideal) Climbing Shoes (optional). Food, water, and appropriate clothing for the day. If you RSVP, you will be waitlisted initially. Please answer the questions when prompted. I will add the participants I feel will benefit most from this meetup. Videos of skills covered: Belaying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_F1MfVGOzk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wor_idcjAic Rappelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U6tdEevJgs Anchors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mxzLtxNOd8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYvaJaDsSPU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMSTNq6SZV0 Multi-Pitch Climbing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPiEBT8CvbE