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Mount St. Helens Fieldtrip with Steve Austin August 3rd-4th.

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  • Chris Ashcraft
    Mount St. Helens Fieldtrip August 3rd-4th.  Required Conference:  August 3, 2012 Hike:  August 4, 2012 http://donotbedeceived.org/  Dr. Steve Austin will
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30, 2012
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      Mount St. Helens Fieldtrip August 3rd-4th. 
      Required Conference:  August 3, 2012
      Hike:  August 4, 2012

      Dr. Steve Austin will be our geologist for two special-permit hiking tours on the Northwest side of Mt. St. Helens.  There are two hikes, one moderate (up to 7 miles) and one aggressive (9 miles).  Both hikes start on the same trail into the “Blast Zone.”  Hike #1 is called the Spirit Lake Overlook and is a moderate to difficult level hike.  Hike #2 is called The Little Grand Canyon Hike.  It continues Off-Trail for approximately two more very aggressive miles down to the Toutle River.  The first station is in the parking lot by the trail head  “check in” and “final check out.” The first hiking leg is fairly easy traversing to Johnston Ridge Overlook.  There will be a Station Tour Guide at each station to explain the unique geological features and why they should affect your viewpoint.  The next leg takes you along a path next to a steep slope to “Devil’s Elbow.”  The third leg begins with a traverse and then a descent down to the Spirit Lake Overlook.  This is the end of Hike #1.  The fourth leg is an Off-Trail traverse over the giant landslide deposit to the Little Grand Canyon Overlook and entry point, the fifth leg is a long uphill hike back to the parking lot for our accountability “Check Out.”  This is an overall elevation change of approximately 1500 feet.  There is no trail to the Little Grand Canyon and this requires a special Off-Trail permit from the National Forest Service.  Few people ever have the opportunity to see this new and pristine geological feature in person in their lifetime.  Come see this unique formation.  Only 60 will be allowed off-trail on this permit this year.  First come First served!

      • Hike #1 Spirit Lake Overlook – $199 Dollars
      • Hike #2 Little Grand Canyon Guided Tour–$250 Dollars

      Hikers must be signed up by July 23rd! An added fee of $50 will be charged if signed up after July 23rd, 2012.

      Individuals are responsible for their own lodging and transportation. 

      Conference will take place at Shilo Inns and Suites Hotel – Portland Airport 11707 NE Airport Way, Portland OR.  “Mt. St. Helens Tour Group” Discount! 79.00 per night. Call for hotel reservations (503) 252-7500 or see www.ShiloInns.com.

      Hotel guests have a choice of  complimentary continental breakfast (begins @ 5:00 AM) or mini hot breakfast in restaurant (begins @ 6:00 AM).  See ShiloPortlandRestaurant.com for details!

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      Footprints in the Ash - book by John Morris

      Mount St. Helens: Explosive Evidence of Catastrophe - DVD by Steve Austin

      Purchase both book and DVD

      Mount St. Helens - article by CreationWiki

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