Ascent of Mount Saint Helens on 2014-03-30
|Others in Party:||Jeremy B|
|Date:||Sunday, March 30, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
|Peak:||Mount Saint Helens|
| Elevation:||6800 ft / 2072 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA very interesting day to be out. We had the full gamut of blue skies and driving snow, with a little sleet and rain thrown in for good measure, and winds from ~30mph to complete calm. The temperature was near and below freezing on the ascent. Two other groups (one pair, one of six) were out as well.
We had many first-timers out with us for an introduction to mountaineering; we turned back because of time and the slight possibility of avalanche just above us where the slope steepens (30degrees) to join Monitor Ridge.
There was a significant 'storm slab' of up to 4' in some places from the previous week. Two test pits were dug, with two single-column compression tests at ~6400 (20degrees) and two single-column and an extended-column test at ~6800' (22degrees). Consistent results of fracture at a small crust layer (4"depth) at/near #12 were observed. The crust below the storm slab (at 3-4') was very thick (18"+) and fairly uniform.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||4140 ft / 1262 m|
| Distance:||7 mi / 11.3 km|
| Route:||Swift Creek (winter)|
| Trailhead:||Marble Mtn Snow Park 2660 ft / 810 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Nights Spent:||0 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds|
| Time Up:||6 Hours |
| Time Down:||3 Hours |
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