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Telepathetic
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April 1, 2013 Mt St Helens Circumnavigation
« on: 04/01/13, 09:35 PM »

James Hamaker and myself just completed a circumnavigation of Mt. St. Helens (March 29-April 1st) 2013.  36 miles, 7,000 ft elevation gain, ideal conditions.  Great snow except for north side, which is pretty much melted out and walking is best route (or climb into the crater).  Fun, safe trip-just watch out for those wonderful snowmachines....
cheers
David
ps here's a pictorial of the event.
http://prezi.com/sylpvq90qkca/circumnavigation-of-mt-st-helens/?kw=view-sylpvq90qkca&rc=ref-35551087


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Re: April 1, 2013 Mt St Helens Circumnavigation
« Reply #1 on: 04/02/13, 10:03 AM »

Neat trip and slick photo presentation. 

Your pack looks heavy!

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Re: April 1, 2013 Mt St Helens Circumnavigation
« Reply #2 on: 04/02/13, 10:29 AM »

Cool trip, thanks for sharing!  Was the size of your pack proportional to the amount of whiskey you brought? 
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Re: April 1, 2013 Mt St Helens Circumnavigation
« Reply #3 on: 04/02/13, 06:07 PM »

Thoughts:

Fishscales rule.  I only skinned up once (to climb out of the Toutle R. drainage.)
Despite the awful look of the N side (See the volcano cam on TAY in Weather Links) I had my skis on more often than not.

Key to this whole thing is finding the best route down into and out of the S fork Toutle R. and being able to skate/ double pole/ glide the entire E and SE sides when the snow is hard.

We must give credit to the sleds for packing the roads on the S side.

We saved weight by not bringing a tent.  I brought an 8oz. sil-tarp for modified ranger trenches and David brought something like a BD Mega Light(tm) but w/ five sides.

We used very little fuel.  Calm wind and warm nights.  First night camped over a creek.

Having taken a look at the whole thing, I'm now plotting a single cambered trip around the mountain.

Corn!  By the end of the trip everything exposed to sun had nicely corned up. 

Conditions were so nice I wandered over to Mt. Hood Monday w/ my tele skis and skied the White Salmon (first cracks starting to show) and Zig Zag Glaciers, then down to Gov't Camp.  NOW is the time for volcano skiing.  Get to it!
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Re: April 1, 2013 Mt St Helens Circumnavigation
« Reply #4 on: 04/03/13, 01:02 PM »

Great job guys
Glad to see everything worked out so well
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Re: April 1, 2013 Mt St Helens Circumnavigation
« Reply #5 on: 04/04/13, 04:15 PM »

Cool trip, that has been high on my list of to-do's for a while. Thanks for the info.
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Re: April 1, 2013 Mt St Helens Circumnavigation
« Reply #6 on: 04/07/13, 08:48 PM »

Outstanding prezi - thanks.
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