Monday, April 1, 2013

St. Helens Easter Day Corn Harvest

The "new" lava dome and the Mt. Margaret Backcountry from the crater rim
Last weekend saw unseasonably warm weather with a ridge of high pressure locked in over the region. Fresh off an incredible week of powder skiing, I figured it was time to go harvest some spring corn.  After climbing at Ozone in perfect weather on Saturday, I drove up to Marble Mount trailhead with some friends and crashed out in the parking lot.  Up at 3:30 and on the trail by 4:15 or so, we topped out around 9 am to clear skies, calm winds and the promise of a buttery corn cycle on the descent.  Enjoy the pics.

Sunrise over Mt. Adams

We enjoyed a perfect morning on the way up
Met some new friends and drank some beer on the crater rim

We soaked up some incredible views of the blast zone and Mt. Rainier

Eventually more people made their way to the top, including one guy with a huge pack that included a parasail

And then it was down time!
Keeping it classy in the parking lot for lunch
Yeah, it was a great day out.  Thanks to Daniel, Andrew, Chris, Matt, and Jaime for keepin it real.  Maybe next week we'll get some powder snow! 

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