Ascent of Mount Saint Helens-Point 8281 on 2019-04-21
|Date:||Sunday, April 21, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Mount Saint Helens-Point 8281|
| Elevation:||8281 ft / 2524 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSnow was a bit soft even when starting at 7:30am.
Lots of people out hiking on Easter Sunday. I was told over 500 permits were issued.
No traction needed up through Chocolate falls. Then after that a bit way along the worm flows I put on some crampons. Two others in my party used micro spikes all the way to the top.
I put on sunscreen 4 times. I was able to save most of my skin except the undersides of my arms which I suspect were rubbing against my sides and wore off the protection.
Lots of people at the Ridge. I suspect almost half the climbers were on skis.
There was some clouds that came in but we were usually above them most of the trip. Especially once we reached half way up the worm flows.
Had a blast glissading from the top. We did come down to far on the climbers left - started going over to the summer route which was avalanche territory. Had to hike up a bit and go through a valley that made me nervous. The sun was strong and the snow was getting wet. With the steep ledges and valleys I would not recommend that part of the route and stay on the winter trail.
When we reached the weather station just at the top of the worm flows there was a group with a lady that broke her leg. We checked on her and they told us of a helicopter coming to pick them up. Then all of a sudden when we were just about to leave on the next glissade the helicopter arrived. It almost through my hat off.
Used snowshoes just above chocolate falls on they way back. Wasn't really needed. When we were putting them on we met a volunteer guide for the mountain. He was very nice explaining how many people (500) were up here today and how its a new program to do that for a few weeks before Mothers Day. In the past they had 1k of people on Mothers day and it was a mess.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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