Ascent of Mount Saint Helens on 2021-04-01

Climber: Rick Teudt

Date:Thursday, April 1, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Saint Helens
    Elevation:8333 ft / 2539 m

Ascent Trip Report

First day with permit quota - only ~10 cars in parking lot at 6:30 am and only saw ~40 people on the mountain. Snow was firm and icy in the morning. Put on crampons at Chocolate Falls since we were already stopped there for a snack. Boot path was easy to follow. Snow above ~6-7k ft was too hard for kicking steps and steps from previous days were melted out. Did not stay long on the crater rim because it was windy (30+ mph) and cold (26 degrees). Descended to about 7.5k ft and found a nice sheltered spot behind a small ridge to have lunch. We were able to glissade most of the way down from our lunch spot, but the sliding was slow below ~6.5k ft because we had to make new chutes in the soft snow. 9h 10m C2C with a few long breaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5700 ft / 1737 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5700 ft / 1737 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Windy and cold above 7k ft, light breeze and pleasant below 6k ft
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5700 ft / 1737 m
    Loss on way in:5700 ft / 1737 m
    Distance:10.3 mi / 16.6 km
    Route:Worm Flows
Descent Statistics

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