For the second time in 4 years, I climbed Mt St Helen's on Mother's Day.
Shaun Lindsay and I joined Charles Alexander, his friend Stewart Boedecker
and their friends for another summit. Pictures from the first round are here with some
of the same guys as this time, Ben, Stewart, and Charles. The Mother's Day thing to do is
to find a woman's dress to wear so as to honour your mother. It's also the last weekend that there
is no quota on the number of climbing permits issued so there's quite a few people on the mountain
for the Mother's Day weekend. This is an excellent example of why I love the Pacific Northwest.
Where else would you see ~ 600 people climbing an 8000 foot mountain wearing dresses?


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I found Shaun's dress at Goodwill and laughed because it had shoulder pads. This is at ~ 5 AM in the
parking lot of the Marble Mountain Sno Park before we went up the mountain.


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I think this is Rob - the dress is something else.


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I also found my dress at Goodwill and laughed the whole time. It was actually originally made in Hawaii
and I think it's a muu-muu. For an explanation of what happened to my eye, see THIS . This is a week later. It was actually darker this past week.


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This is Stewart and his lovely wife Athena. The two of them own a winery that makes (I'm told by Charles)
excellent wine. More about their winery HERE.
I think Stewart's dress was louder in 2003.


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Here's a poor picture I took off the car of our crew that went up Mt St Helen's, 13 May, 2007.
Thanks again to Stewart for organizing and putting everything together.


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Shaun wanted to flaunt the open front of his dress. Charlie thought better of that.


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A few of the climbers taking a breather on the way up. The snow level wasn't all the way down to the
car so that meant a fair amount of hiking before we got to snow. Notice the variety of dresses including
the pink one that I called "the mullet of dresses" since it had a business side and a party side.


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Charlie fought his skins a lot of the day and finally gave up on them. But, not before I could take
a picture of him hating life with his skins on.


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The day started really cloudy and even snowing a little. Midway through the morning, the fog and clouds
lifted and we were treated to a beautiful view of Mt Adams. Here's a trip report from my trip with Ron
Kirby up Mt Adams - Trip Report .


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It almost looks like a highway since there's so many people going to the summit. Look at the skis, boards,
and dresses. It's hard to believe that this point is ~ 4000 vertical feet above the nearest roadway.


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I enjoyed this guy's polka dots.


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Shaun's sweet dress at ~ 8000 feet.


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A second vent has opened up in the crater of Mt St Helen's. I'm pointing to it here from the
crater rim. You can see it smoking and sending up gas fumes.
For more about what happened to Mt St Helen's 18 May 1980, go to Mt St Helen's Volcanic Monument Website .


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This is a better picture of inside the crater. The side of the crater rim wall isn't really what I'd
consider the strongest, so I crept up to the side and pointed my camera in. I watched a movie called
Supervolcano with my buddy Kelly Reitenbach a few weeks ago, so now I'm ultra paranoid that
Yellowstone is going to completely blow up. This also made me feel a little more paranoid around this
active volcano.


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This is Mount Adams from the crater rim looking to the east. Mount Adams gets the Paul Perrault
stamp of approval.


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It was so clear, we could also see Mt Rainier, shown here. So, from the top of the crater, we could see
Rainier, Adams, and Hood.


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Here is Shaun, just before he reached the summit and bonked.


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Happy Shaun at the top of the crater (with my finger on the top of the lens).


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Charlie made it as well, once he gave up on his skins. That little red number was quite something on him.


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I tried to capture a sense of what it's like at the top of an active volcano, at around noon, with a few
hundred people wearing women's dresses.


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Happy Mother's Day Mom! I thought you'd like the dress.


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Here is Charlie wishing his mother a happy day as well.


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In keeping with the tradition I started with my friend Eugene Bast many moons ago, I bucked down for
another summit picture.


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A view of the cornice overlooking the crater with people having lunch next to it.

A video of the view out the crater VIDEO


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A panoramic view of Mt St Helen's crater.


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Stewart and Athena Boedecker having a sampling of their own wine.


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Charlie watching Shaun skiing down the top of the mountain.


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Shaun dropping turns on his telemark skis.


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A close-up of Shaun skiing.


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Charlie getting some turns in on a nice bowl on the descent down.


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This is the gulley that just about killed Charlie. We decided to ski down the same gulley on the
way down.


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The snow got a little wet near the bottom. This is Charlie getting near where we had to take our
skis off and hike out.

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