Vintage Mt. St. Helens

Vermont’s Photos of Mt. St Helens

During the late 1960s, we made an “alpenstock” out of a broom handle [minus the broom], with a nail at one end, and a leather boot lace at the other end. We wore work boots, which worked marginally with the heavy duty crampons that we borrowed from the YMCA camp at Spirit Lake.  As I recall, Tom showed everyone how to tie a bowline knot when it was time to rope up above “The Dogs Head” rock formation. Obviously, there used to be more elevation to gain to climb Mt. St. Helens in the late 1960s compared to today. It used to be 9,677 ft in elevation. Photos by Vermont.


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