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Mt St Helens

May 12, 2019

Coordinator: Andy DeGregorio

Summit Altitude: 8300 feet
Elevation Gain: 5500 feet
Round-trip Distance: 12 miles
Excursion Time: 12 hours (car-to-car)

We summited, in bright summery colors, including floral and fruity prints- the summit has always looked better, even on Mother's Day. We left the parking lot at 3:20am, made the rim before 8:20, beating most of the traffic and heat, and were back at the cars around noon, for a total time of about 9 hours. It was a madhouse, there were lines of people coming up as we glissaded down, and rangers or volunteers posted on almost every outcrop. At the parking lot they had beers for sale supporting the Mt St Helens institute, which we all became ardent supporters of for the afternoon. I've never had more fun on a more crowded climb.

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