Elevation: 8,366 Feet
Elevation Gain: 5,700 Feet
Distance: 12 Miles
Gear: Ice axe
For the first time in a few years, the weather on mother’s day was perfect for climbing Mount St. Helens. As a result of the weather forecast, a record breaking number of people purchased climbing permits (over a 1,000). It was a lot of fun volunteering since I got to answer questions about the mountain and raise awareness about the Mount St. Helens Institute. I also gave away the Happy Mother’s Day! sign I created so that other people could take photos.
The sun was brutal on the way up but the clouds rolled in once we reached the crater rim. The clouds provided some sun protection on the way down and the glissading conditions were good. Overall, it was a great day on the mountain and a good conditioning hike for future climbs this summer.