Climbing Mt St. Helens has to be one of the most unique experiences on Earth! Where else can you walk along the rim of an active volcano, stand on a glacier, and glissade down a snowfield in July all in the same place? Aside from the sole coming off my boot(turned out to be a blessing), and a shoe full of ash, my climb went very smoothly! Just by chance I ended up climbing the whole way with a skier from Leadville, Colorado. He skied up the peak. I hiked. He skied down. I slid! What a trip!