Mt. St. Helens Summit Climb

Photos from Mt. St. Helens, May 29, 2014 with Dad.

  • Length: 10 miles (give or take, we got lost)
  • Elevation gain: 5,500 ft.
  • Summit: 8,366 ft.
  • Time: 7:15 am – 6:30 pm
  • Total time: 11.5 hours

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First look at the mountain, coming up out of the tree line.

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Majority of this route consists of lava rocks from the 1980 explosion. Lots of fun climbing up over and traversing these to find the trail.

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Conditions so foggy, I could barely see 10 feet in front of me.

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Breathtakingly steep grades became more visible when we breached the clouds.

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Met some fellow climbers on the summit.

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Close-up of the west-side of the crater of the mountain’s surrounding rim.

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Neighboring Mt. Adams visible above the clouds to the east.

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Summit smiles!

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Peeking over the summit into the crater that was blown from the 1980 explosion.

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Got a little lost on our traverse back to the trailhead…

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