Yesterday I climbed a volcano. Mount St Helens. Myself, @chadeddy , @bethanyhutson09 and Jake woke at 3 am to a sky full of stars, a beautiful milky way and shooting stars. We began our hike from Climbers Bivouac at 4am and with headlamps as our only light, made our way through the trees. Reaching large boulders and loose ashen rock, we climbed over the terrain trying to reach some sort of viewpoint to catch the sunrise and some breakfast. We scrambled up to a ridge and caught Mount Adams along the horizon glowing pink and red from the fire red sun rising. We saw a mountain goat just below us - watching us and the sunrise. We climbed higher up the mountain, using hands and feet to lift us to the top - catching a couple more sunrises along the way up as we gained altitude. At 8:30 am we reached the summit of the crater - after the steep ashen final push, where sliding backwards was a promise with every step. The view was amazing - looking down into the crater and seeing steam coming out of the dome in the center. The walls of the crater were many colors of red, pink, brown, white and ashen grey. We were covered in dust as we lounged around the rim having sandwiches and snacks. Our trek down involved some crab crawling down rocky boulder fields and surfing on lose ash and pumice. We made it back to the trailhead safely at 1:30 pm.
It was an amazing day and I am so thankful for the permits! Permits to climb are hard to grab these days and it was a climb that’s been on my list and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to go and share the day with great people. ❤️✌️😁
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Watch for more pictures from my climb this week!
Als anys 80 el volcà mt st.Helen va explotar . Va perdre 400 metres de terra de la seva corona i va arrasar el paisatge molts kilòmetres a la rodona. Avui , la natura ja fa temps que ha tornat a donar-li color. La foto no li fa justicia #😍 #nature#life#usatrip#usa#instapic#mountsainthelens#earthpix
What an experience! We camped at the climbers bivouac the night before, and woke up at 4am start the climb.
The first part was forrest which we walked in the dark with our headlamps.
Once we got through, we came the boulder fields! Maneuvering around and over big pieces of rock was hard work! We had to be especially careful to not step on a loose rock. The rocks are coated with ash pumice which makes them VERY rough and can easily cut you.
The last 1000 VERTICAL feet was an ash field! Think about climbing up a big sand dune and you could imagine how it was like! We would walk 2 steps and then slide back 1 all while looking at the rim in the distance.
When I reached the top, it was a feeling of joy and accomplishment. (I teared up a little) We has an amazing view inside the crater. One you can only see if you climb to the top.
I worked so hard to be able to climb this mountain! It definitely was an experience of a lifetime! Not many people can say they have climbed an active volcano 🌋
Thank you Pam Bohnet Gompf for getting us permits to climb back in February. (Only 100 permits are given out a day and they sell out really quickly)
Now on to mountain #2 ???!!! #mountsainthelens#mountaneering#summit#mountain
The destruction caused by Mt St Helens in 1980 can still be seen 38 years later. It was awe-inspiring to see its sheer size. Life is returning to the surrounding forest and Spirit Lake.
Name that Volcano, I know it’s hard to make out from the wildfire smoke. Even though visibility was low it was still really impressive. The drive was beautiful and we learned a lot about that famous blow.
Was it only just a dream?
Waiting patiently for cleaner air, blue skies, and reasonable temperatures. 🌩️🌲🔥😤. How does everybody else cope? I need new skills. #summerisoverrated#winteriscoming 📸 Mt St Helens - April 2017
Hiking across large expanses of lava and pumice at Mount St. Helens, it is a pleasant surprise to come upon the stream at Big Spring that harbors Lewis monkeyflowers, fireweed, and a thicket of willows. After another mile of hiking across lava, one reaches 200-foot Loowit Falls dropping over the mouth of the volcano's crater. As always, beauty is the harmony of contrasts.
Photo: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, WA, July 25, 2018
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My St Helens is truly an sight to behold. Sadly, the numerous wildfires and forest fire of the region has filled the skies with dense smoke, making this titan all the more ominous as it sits obscured in shadow and opaque vale. Regardless, the breadth of its destruction and sheer desolation of the area is awe inspiring. Somehow, life clings on and even seems to thrive! #nature#volcano#eruption#wasteland#wilderness#mountain#smoke#mountsainthelens
Short visit to Washington State and Oregon last week. Got to see this amazing place. Pictures don't do it justice. You have to see it in person to get some feel of what happened when Mount St Helens blew its top.
Yesterday me and @gapinski.513 did a 14 mile hike down Johnson Ridge, through the pumice fields, and up the base of Mount Saint Helens to the beautiful Loowit Falls; located at ground zero of the 1980 eruption. I have been fascinated with this volcano since I first visited it as a young child. To be able to hike into the mouth of this powerful, very active, yet majestic volcano has been something I have wanted my whole life. Throughout our journey we walked through fields of volcanic ash, hiked over boulders of volcanic rock, caught glimpses of elk, got up close and personal to mountain goats, saw Mount Adams peaking over the ridge lines, and witnessed Mount Saint Helens exhaling clouds of steam through her volcanic vents. Although it was a rough one it was truly rewarding watching glacier melt channel through the giant canyons of Mount Saint Helens craters and down the beautiful Loowit Falls. It is amazing to see how much this mountain and its rebuilding ecosystem has changed since I last seen it in the 90’s. I am excited to see how different she will look in future decades. I will definitely be coming back to Mount Saint Helens again to summit the South side slopes of the mountain. What a great experience, till we meet again Mount Saint Helens.