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Ascent of Mount Saint Helens on 2013-01-02

Climber: Ryan Smoots

Others in Party:Stephen Smoots
Date:Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Saint Helens
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8250 ft / 2514 m

Ascent Trip Report

Slept in car the night before (January 1st). Woke up at 5:00 am to start climb. Followed snow trails up to base of mountain. We switched between using snowshoes and crampons repeatedly as the snow conditions fluctuated between soft and wet and hard and icy. We had beautiful clear conditions but it was very windy on the summit. We approached the crater rim but did not traverse to the true summit. We decided to turn back at this point because I had a cold which slowed me significantly. We kept our distance from the rim due to cornice calving danger.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Snowshoes
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear



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