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4/28/13 Mount St. Helens Volcano Riding + Vid
« on: 05/03/13, 11:38 AM »

Finally splitted up Mount St. Helens last Saturday (4/28) after getting most of my bc gear jacked en route last season.

Got creative editing some GoPro video from the tour with USFS public archives footage from the 1980's eruption, tons of fun to edit:

Riding Volcanoes: Mount St. Helens Video on Vimeo

I think there are still weekday permits available for 2013, and conditions were primo last weekend. For anyone that hasn't done it: great long day tour, no technical terrain en route, lots of fun rock chutes and little wind lip hits on the way down. Awesome trip, going to be doing this one every spring. Highly recommended.

Cold weather (heavy wind, fog and below 30 degrees) on the upper mountain meant soft but cold, fast snow above about 4,000 feet. Below that was a little slushy, but I was still able to ride all the way from the summit to the parking lot (6 miles, 5k+ feet of fun) with only minor skating on the lower trail, and one push from my skier buddy. Skiers will have no issues.

The final face is steep and exposed, but even in the pea soup route finding was fairly simple. Just make sure you hit the trail when you enter the treeline on the way back down. And stay the hell back from those cornices on the crater rim, duh.

Loose wet avy danger will be a factor this weekend with the recent storm and first real high temps of the season, but in a few weeks skiing to the parking lot will probably not be an option.

Cheers,
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Jake the Brit
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Re: 4/28/13 Mount St. Helens Volcano Riding + Vid
« Reply #1 on: 05/03/13, 04:58 PM »

Masterful editing, I'm still grinning.
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Re: 4/28/13 Mount St. Helens Volcano Riding + Vid
« Reply #2 on: 05/03/13, 05:57 PM »

Cool Video!
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nedski
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Re: 4/28/13 Mount St. Helens Volcano Riding + Vid
« Reply #3 on: 05/03/13, 07:44 PM »

3rd it. SUPER movie making!
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