Hike Mt. St. Helens

  • wareagle99

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    May 21, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    I have two extra hiking permits to hike the volcano on June 24. I think my buddies are backing out. Anyone interested in going on this day hike with me?
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    May 21, 2014 3:33 AM GMT
    wareagle99 saidI have two extra hiking permits to hike the volcano on June 24. I think my buddies are backing out. Anyone interested in going on this day hike with me?
    Can you blame them?
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/01/us-usa-washington-volcano-idUSBREA4008G20140501
  • wareagle99

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    May 21, 2014 3:15 PM GMT
    lol, Paul. They will close it if there is a real risk........I hope!
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    May 21, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    wareagle99 saidlol, Paul. They will close it if there is a real risk........I hope!

    I wonder. In 1983 I rode up to Mt. St. Helens with 2 other Army Captains on motorcycles, from Ft. Lewis to the north. The roads around the volcano had recently been reopened.

    Well, they shouldn't have been. Sections of pavement had broken away and fallen down ravines. There were few guardrails, despite precipitous drops. We got to an observation area, where we could view the cauldron, still steaming after the eruption. Thousands of acres of flattened and stripped tree trunks lay before us.

    So that I'm not sure about the safety considerations. Look after yourself, and assume authorities may not be doing it adequately for you.
  • wareagle99

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    May 21, 2014 6:10 PM GMT
    Yeah, I have heard about the roads a few years back. Hopefully, that won't be a problem.

    Well, I'm still going to do it. I have gotten some pretty good advice from Portland Hikers forum.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 24, 2014 1:50 PM GMT
    wareagle99 saidYeah, I have heard about the roads a few years back. Hopefully, that won't be a problem.

    Well, I'm still going to do it. I have gotten some pretty good advice from Portland Hikers forum.
    Mount St Helens sounds very risky. If I were you, I would hike up Mt Hood instead. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • wareagle99

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    May 24, 2014 6:26 PM GMT
    actually, mount hood is much more dangerous and you need to be more skilled and go with a group you have trained with.

    The risky thing about Mt. St. Helens is possibility or eruption. Don't think there has been a dangerous day since 1980. and even then, they knew it was about to erupt and would not let people go there.

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    May 24, 2014 7:29 PM GMT
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    wareagle99 saidI have two extra hiking permits to hike the volcano on June 24. I think my buddies are backing out. Anyone interested in going on this day hike with me?
    Can you blame them?
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/01/us-usa-washington-volcano-idUSBREA4008G20140501


    "The USGS said this is to be expected with an active volcano and does not indicate "the volcano is likely to erupt anytime soon."

    Most of the mountains/mountain ranges in Washington state are volcanic. I doubt that was the reason for them backing out, as it's a part of life here just as earthquakes are a risk in California, tornadoes in Texas, etc.
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    May 24, 2014 8:03 PM GMT
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    paulflexes said
    wareagle99 saidI have two extra hiking permits to hike the volcano on June 24. I think my buddies are backing out. Anyone interested in going on this day hike with me?
    Can you blame them?
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/01/us-usa-washington-volcano-idUSBREA4008G20140501


    "The USGS said this is to be expected with an active volcano and does not indicate "the volcano is likely to erupt anytime soon."

    Most of the mountains/mountain ranges in Washington state are volcanic. I doubt that was the reason for them backing out, as it's a part of life here just as earthquakes are a risk in California, tornadoes in Texas, etc.
    You forgot to read the very first paragraph:

    "(Reuters) - Magma levels are slowly rebuilding inside Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington state that erupted in 1980 and killed 57 people, although there was no sign of an impending eruption, U.S. scientists said."
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    May 25, 2014 6:30 PM GMT
    You'll be fine, St Helens is much more stable than Hood, which people get hurt on every week now it seems. Remember that helicopter crashing while trying to rescue someone a few years back?

    I've been meaning to do St Helens since it blew and haven't had anyone to go with. I'll give it some thought though June is a busy month for me.

    You in Portland then? I'm in Vancouver. Off to lift and soak a bit now...icon_cool.gif
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    May 25, 2014 6:34 PM GMT
    TwisttheLeaf said
    paulflexes said
    wareagle99 saidI have two extra hiking permits to hike the volcano on June 24. I think my buddies are backing out. Anyone interested in going on this day hike with me?
    Can you blame them?
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/01/us-usa-washington-volcano-idUSBREA4008G20140501


    "The USGS said this is to be expected with an active volcano and does not indicate "the volcano is likely to erupt anytime soon."

    Most of the mountains/mountain ranges in Washington state are volcanic. I doubt that was the reason for them backing out, as it's a part of life here just as earthquakes are a risk in California, tornadoes in Texas, etc.


    LOL, earthquakes happen more often up here in the Pacific NW than just in CA. The whole ring of fire connects all the volcanoes around the Pacific.

    The USGS doesn't know shit, the best they can do is guess. Man knows very little about the earth, I wouldn't trust their word over my own observations. But I was born here and knew St Helens when Spirit Lake was a jewel at it's feet.
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    May 25, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    wareagle99 saidactually, mount hood is much more dangerous and you need to be more skilled and go with a group you have trained with.

    The risky thing about Mt. St. Helens is possibility or eruption. Don't think there has been a dangerous day since 1980. and even then, they knew it was about to erupt and would not let people go there.



    Kind of...icon_wink.gif

    There have been significant events inside the dome since the 81 eruption, and it has been closed several times, but they really don't know when it will erupt again or much else. All they can do is monitor it.

    Cheers.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 25, 2014 7:41 PM GMT
    How about climbing Mount Whitney in Californiaicon_question.gif Or is that also an unsafe volcanic mountain ready to erupt at any minuteicon_question.gif
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    May 25, 2014 9:31 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidHow about climbing Mount Whitney in Californiaicon_question.gif Or is that also an unsafe volcanic mountain ready to erupt at any minuteicon_question.gif


    In geological terms, they're all ready to go "any second." You roll the dice and take your chances...
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    May 26, 2014 1:35 PM GMT
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    roadbikeRob saidHow about climbing Mount Whitney in Californiaicon_question.gif Or is that also an unsafe volcanic mountain ready to erupt at any minuteicon_question.gif


    In geological terms, they're all ready to go "any second." You roll the dice and take your chances...
    Well if you really want to live dangerously, you could always hike to the top of Mount Popocatepetl which is sandwiched between Puebla and Mexico City.
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    May 26, 2014 5:18 PM GMT
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    roadbikeRob saidHow about climbing Mount Whitney in Californiaicon_question.gif Or is that also an unsafe volcanic mountain ready to erupt at any minuteicon_question.gif


    In geological terms, they're all ready to go "any second." You roll the dice and take your chances...
    Well if you really want to live dangerously, you could always hike to the top of Mount Popocatepetl which is sandwiched between Puebla and Mexico City.


    I don't do Mexico at all, not even the slightest chance. I can see them all over w/o going anywhere, illegals are everywhere on the west coast, one of it's MAJOR problems.
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    May 31, 2014 3:06 PM GMT

    A volcano on the Sangeang Api island in Indonesia erupted on Friday spreading volcanic ash up to 1864 miles away,
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    May 31, 2014 3:15 PM GMT
    JetSkiFootballer said
    A volcano on the Sangeang Api island in Indonesia erupted on Friday spreading volcanic ash up to 1864 miles away,
    There is the European island of Iceland with its infamous, smoky volcanoes.
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    Jun 03, 2014 5:10 PM GMT
    The OP is a flake. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 03, 2014 8:41 PM GMT
    JetSkiFootballer saidThe OP is a flake. icon_neutral.gif
    Send the OP overseas to the Italian island of Sicily where he can scale the infamous Mount Etna which has an uncanny habit of erupting without warningicon_lol.gif
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    Jun 26, 2014 10:38 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    JetSkiFootballer saidThe OP is a flake. icon_neutral.gif
    Send the OP overseas to the Italian island of Sicily where he can scale the infamous Mount Etna which has an uncanny habit of erupting without warningicon_lol.gif


    Best part is it's been wet and windy all week up here, so his hike is crappy at best. Serves him right.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 05, 2014 11:21 AM GMT
    Footballer said
    roadbikeRob said
    JetSkiFootballer saidThe OP is a flake. icon_neutral.gif
    Send the OP overseas to the Italian island of Sicily where he can scale the infamous Mount Etna which has an uncanny habit of erupting without warningicon_lol.gif


    Best part is it's been wet and windy all week up here, so his hike is crappy at best. Serves him right.
    Well than lets send the OP up Oregon's infamous Mount Hood since it is rocky and icy and loaded with faults and crevices.
  • wareagle99

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    Jul 13, 2014 8:26 AM GMT
    The hike went well. Perfect weather for hiking, but not perfect for views.
    It took almost 5 hours to get up and about 4 to get down.

    We did catch a few glimpses of Mt. Ranier at the top and saw Mt. Hood going up.

    Two Portland hikers made the trip with me.