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November 3, 2007: Mount St. Helens climb, Washington

We climbed the "normal" route up Mount Saint Helens: Climber's Bivouac to Monitor Ridge to the southernmost part of the crater rim. (The true summit is just west of the top of the trail, but it's pretty much off-limits.) I originally thought it would be insane to climb a mountain in November, but the conditions actually turned out to be excellent. There'd been quite a bit of snow in October, so the loose ash and gravel that normally makes it hard to get traction was either covered in hard-packed snow or still wet. Temperatures were in the 40s, but the sun made it feel warmer; the wind was only an issue at the very top.

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