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Ascent of Mount Saint Helens on 2011-10-02

Climber: Tim Wray

Others in Party:Kelly Warren
Date:Sunday, October 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Saint Helens
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8333 ft / 2539 m

Ascent Trip Report

My first attempt and summit of Mt. St. Helens. It was a nasty, rainy, windy day, and according to the climbers log book was one of only 9 successful summits that day. In fact, a lady was caught in the storm at the summit not long after I attained the crater rim, who was tuck for the night on Monitor Ridge and had to wait until the next morning to make it down! My climbing partner decided to stop at the weather station at approx 7,000 ft, and I rejoined her near the bottom of the Monitor Ridge Route. Not an optimal first trip, but successful summit attained!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Very Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Monitor Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Climbers Bivouac  3833 ft / 1168 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Monitor Ridge
    End Trailhead:Mt. St. Helens Summit  3833 ft / 1168 m



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