Mount St. Helens
Ray runs the K7 Climbing online community and is a huge alpine enthusiast. Last year, he got a new new Alpha SV jacket, and naturally, was looking for a good opportunity to test it out, which came in the form a climbing expedition to Mount St. Helens in May.
"The weather we encountered was nothing less than the worst 'spring' weather one could ask for. Blisteringly cold and very strong winds, sideways torrential rain, and wet snow at the summit."
"As we were getting higher and higher, it was almost amusing to see the amount of people coming DOWN the mountain. No way they had already reached the summit, and with a quick chat, we learned that everyone coming down had started in the AM, but did not want to risk climbing in the weather. Even on our team, we started losing people as well. Some for wet feet, cold hands, and others for being in a miserable mood due to the weather. Granted it was pouring rain, turning into snow and visibility was no more than 20'."
Out of the 100 people that had registered to be on the mountain that day, only six ended up reaching the summit, including four from Ray's original crew of eight. "Out of those four, three of us were wearing the Alpha SV." Coincidence? Maybe, but that's the jacket we'd be wearing in those conditions. "I have to say, the SV performed beyond my expectation. Everything on me that wasn't wrapped in the SV was wet!"
Check out Ray's full expedition report on his site, along with more photos and a video. Thanks again Ray, and here's to many more great adventures!