Ascent of Mount St Helens - East Crater Rim on 2019-07-30

Climber: Tyler Jaszkowiak

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount St Helens - East Crater Rim
    Elevation:8120 ft / 2474 m

Ascent Trip Report

Thought I would explore the less-traveled areas that a permit allows you to wander at Mount Saint Helens, searching for unique views of the lava dome and crater glacier. The east crater rim high point, separated from the summit by the deep Shoestring Notch, looked appealing for this.

Ascending to the east crater rim via the ridge between Muddy River and Ape Glacier was easy. The pumice held better than most scree and the slope was relatively gentle. After visiting the three high points that compete for the status of east crater rim summit, I picked a route through Shoestring Notch. Maintaining the rim looked like it involved 5th class moves with exposure over the crater. Descending around cliffs and onto Shoestring Glacier was easier but equally unpleasant. Like the Crater Glacier, Shoestring Glacier appeared to be in a near-constant state of rockfall. I ran between cover behind boulders and then made some chossy 4th class moves to gain the ridge on the south side. There are 2-3rd class gulleys, but they experienced more rockfall and had less cover.

Desperate for water, I filled up from Swift Glacier. After finding the path and familiar territory on Monitor Ridge, I returned to my car. After that adventure, I had no interest in the summit. It took me roughly 6h just to get from Dogs Head to Monitor Ridge.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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