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Mt St Helens
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:47:48 AM »
Have a permit to hike in late May, who has done it? Wondering what your experience was like and any advice. I've looked at other resources but would appreciate any personal experiences you have had. Was thinking of driving up the night before and either sleeping in my rig or camping. Hitting the trail early as it sounds like 10-16 hours roundtrip. Anything you would do differently if you were to do it again?

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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 10:48:46 AM »
@Smossy

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Those 2 have been up. I'm sure there are others.
http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,126165.0.html
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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 11:03:02 AM »
Have a permit to hike in late May, who has done it? Wondering what your experience was like and any advice. I've looked at other resources but would appreciate any personal experiences you have had. Was thinking of driving up the night before and either sleeping in my rig or camping. Hitting the trail early as it sounds like 10-16 hours roundtrip. Anything you would do differently if you were to do it again?
Took me about 14 hours. I'm in horrible shape. Went through way more water than I had anticilated. Even started to melt snow just to cover myself. Try to go with nice weather because it's not a view you'll want to miss.. umm I didn't have water proof boots so that was one mistake. Some parts of the mtn you'll be up to your waist with each step. Do NOT forget trekking poles and make sure they have snow shoes on the ends. (The giant round circles that help increase surface area) if your as in bad of shape as me your going to be relying on them alot. Don't forget waterproof gators. Sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen. I sweat so hard on that trip and even applied sunscreen about 5 or 6 times. Wasn't enough. Went home with some pretty severe facial burns. So get the highest spf u can find. Don't forget sunglasses eithrr. It's so white up there you will burn your eyes. Some people are able to do the summit up and down In about 6-8hours. Pretty insane. Crampons aren't needed but they would have helped in some areas. If you have some, bring em. If you meet experienced climbers when you get there, don't be afraid to ask questions or even semi tag along. We got lucky and met a group of older folks. 50s or so. Great people who had done it tons of times. Even had pole markers for every few hundred yards they planted incase weather got crazy could find our way back. Wear multiple layers. You will be hott. You will be cold... be ready for both.
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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 11:04:21 AM »
Also there's a campgrounds in town that sells passes and had maps. That's where we stayed the night before. We left at dark and we're through the 2 miles of woods before the sun showed up. Didn't get back to the truck untill about 2 hours after dark lol
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2018, 11:17:13 AM »
some good stuff in there, thanks! I will have to remember to put the baskets back on my poles cause thats something i could easily forget. I am in decent shape but not in mountain shape yet. The water thing is always something I have a hard time figuring out. Have a 100 ounce camelback + nalgene. Think I may need to bring a bit more in addition to a few beers for the top.

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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2018, 11:17:26 AM »
Sounds fun.
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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2018, 11:20:27 AM »
We've hiked it several (7) times.  I tell people that there are three parts to it; the hike, the climb, and the trudge.  The hike is the easy trail through the trees at the bottom.  The climb is the middle part where you put on gloves, and climb up the "worm flows"...it's all volcanic rock... Vesicular Basalt.  The top section is the trudge.  Sandy pumice gravel.  Takes three steps to gain one step in places.  You are going early enough, that you'll probably be in snow, instead of the sandy type stuff.  Bring water, something to eat, and a good camera.  It's a great hike.
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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2018, 11:35:51 AM »
That much water would get me to the top. I like my water... Is there water anywhere you can filter besides snow? With the sun and the physical exertion and the altitude, don't mess around with water. Not sure how much experience you have in higher elevations...I may be stating the obvious.

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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2018, 12:16:30 PM »
Start loading up on water 5 days before the climb. Rent or buy an ice ax for safety, if you loose your footing, you could slide along way out of control with a good possibility of serious injury.

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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2018, 12:42:43 PM »
Start loading up on water 5 days before the climb. Rent or buy an ice ax for safety, if you loose your footing, you could slide along way out of control with a good possibility of serious injury.
With that being said. I didn't see it was needed. But not a bad idea if you plan on glissading down. Get a heavy duty garbag bag or two. Bring it with you for when your ready to go down. I think I got all the way down in about 2 hours lol. Basicall just sit on it. Don't get inside it. You want to be able to throw your feet out. One time I think I was probably going about 20mph down and threw my feet into the snow to hard. Flew straight head over heals. BeSt time of my life. Everyone had a good laugh.
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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2018, 12:56:07 PM »
Yeah, I'll get in some training hikes to help know how much water I need. I have done full days with not much more than a nalgene and sometimes I run through my 100 ounce camelback. I do backpack and have been doing high buck for a few years but not much over 5500'. I have an ice axe and have glissaded a few times on some early season back pack trips. Can't wait to do that again.

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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2018, 01:05:23 PM »
The average is 9 hours from Climbers bivouac.   If young and eager you can do it under 3 hours but thats running - sliding - or glassading down.  Two hours up 45 mins down is my best but I went two years ago with older relatives and we took 9 hours with lots of breaks.    In May snow slows things going up but can speed things going down.

Take a dust mask for the last 1/4 mile if windy.  In May you shouldn't have a problem as snow covers the ash.

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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2018, 01:29:21 PM »
That much water would get me to the top. I like my water... Is there water anywhere you can filter besides snow? With the sun and the physical exertion and the altitude, don't mess around with water. Not sure how much experience you have in higher elevations...I may be stating the obvious.

There is no water available on this hike. I did it last year in August. We camped at Climbers Bicouac and charged up the mountain in the morning. We went with a group of four 1 of the girls had never hiked anything like this before so myself, one of the girls and my dog went ahead and hung out at the top for an extra hour or so.

As far as water, I went through about 3 liters between me and my dog. I would recommend taking trekking poles on the hike, they help out tremendously. Also, grab your binoculars I saw some mountain goats when I was up there that I wouldn't have been able to watch without mine.


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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2018, 01:42:15 PM »
Start loading up on water 5 days before the climb. Rent or buy an ice ax for safety, if you loose your footing, you could slide along way out of control with a good possibility of serious injury.
This is the most important gear for the trip.I also have climbed several times and the ice sometimes have no breaks,you will walk on very smooth most likely wet ice.when coming down i usually come down in a garbage bag using axe to slow myself down.The ice has like troughs to slide down most of the time making it an awesome ride that only people that climb can enjoy,the troughs give you a known direction of travel but at the end is like said,lava rocks. good luck and enjoy.Make sure you have a good camera when looking down on the clouds is the best pics i have ever taken.
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Re: Mt St Helens
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2018, 02:56:05 PM »
So how many miles is it up and back?  Now I'm curious.

 

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