How to Prepare for Your Climb
Before you climb, read the rules and guidelines offered by the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. And take advantage of the extensive information at the US Geological Survey’s Cascades Volcano Observatory website.
Below is a list of food and equipment needed to have a safe experience atop Mount St. Helens:
- Water: 3-4 liters per person
- Food: High-energy food recommended. Bring enough for several small meals and snacks. Consider leaving extra in your car for when you return
- Sun Protection: sunscreen, sunglasses with side protectors, hat, SPF lip balm
- Hiking Boots: Lug-soled, waterproof, with ankle protection and ¾ shank
- Gaiters: waterproof to keep rain, snow, ice and pumice out of your boots
- Clothing: Dress in layers and include a warm hat, waterproof coat and pants.
- First Aid Kit
- Trekking Poles
- Headlamp or Flashlight
Depending on the season and conditions, you may need an ice ax and crampons to summit Mount St. Helens. Conditions vary daily, even in summer, so be prepared.