Climbing Mt. St. Helens
I went up Mt. St. Helens with Annie, Ben, and Ben’s parents. I’m not going to do a play-by-play, because 11 hours worth of play-by-play would be a ridiculously long post. But yes, it took us 11 hours to do the round trip.
The 2 miles of forest were super easy, then came the scrambling over rocks (easy class 3 climbing?) and the last trek of very high wind and dust storms. I kinda wish I hadn’t brought my camera, but as if I could go anywhere without it. However, 11 hours of quality time lugging that camera up a mountain made me ditch it the next day. I needed a break.
In the end, the view was worth it. Once we passed the cloud line, we got great view of Mt. Hood, and a tip of Mt. Jefferson. As we got higher, we caught sight of Mt. Adams, looking very huge. It wasn’t until we reached the top were we able to see Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood. We saw smoke coming out of the crater of the mountain, along with a rock slide on the other side of the crater. Glad we weren’t over there!
Fog and snow on the way up
View of Mt. Rainier
Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Mt. Adams, seen from the top of Mt. St. Helens