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PostMon Mar 15, 2021 11:34 am 
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I had been planning of climbing St. Helens in April and even had a permit reserved, but then saw the glorious weather forecasted for Saturday and decided to pull the trigger and go.

I drove down from Tacoma the night before and slept in a motel near Kalama. I arrived at the Marble Mountain snow park at 5:30 AM to find it completely full and had to park about a quarter mile down the road.

After singing in the log and getting my permit I was on the route at 5:50AM following a few skiers. The weather and snow were perfect and I didn't need a wind jacket over my fleece. I had my snow shoes on my back but never used them. I started out in microspikes.


After Chocolate Falls the true climbing began, and Mt. Hood was out. Here many parties began to crampon up, myself included. The first part of the climb is moderate but the mountain just looms in front of you, and you know you have a lot of work ahead.


There were two steeper sections where I was glad to have crampons on:


But the views were worth it:


The Glissading down was AMAZING and it took less than half the time to get down as to summit, though I did detour father than I wanted down the Monitor Ridge, leading to a somewhat spicy side hill traverse to get back to an arrestable slope. I put my micrsopikes back on near chocolate falls where it was no longer possible to get good plunge steps or glissades in.

The only negative part of the day was getting back to the Snow Park and into the narrow trail in the trees and having to let what seemed like a million skiers pass me and have to post hole each time to get out of the way. Took me just under 9 hours car to car, including breaks and equipment changes.
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PostMon Mar 15, 2021 2:21 pm 
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Epic! Great effort. Inspiring!

Since you've already done it, can I have your permit?   biggrin.gif

Way to take advantage of the weather window, along with 1000 of your closest friends!   wink.gif

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PostWed Mar 17, 2021 6:59 am 
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Looks like you struck gold on your timing. You had sun for beautiful photos and good snow. That descent can be an absolute bear if you're on foot and the snow gets too soft...

Great TR, thank you for sharing. up.gif

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PostThu Mar 18, 2021 11:56 am 
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Yeah the snow on the way up was perfect for kicking steps and using crampons, and then on the way down it was perfect for glissading and plunge steps. No post holing at all until the woods at the end.
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PostThu Mar 18, 2021 9:51 pm 
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Great update! Appreciated.
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