We’d not climbed a mountain before, so when Alyssa’s cousin Randi and her fiancé, Tom, invited us to join them to climb Saint Helens on Mother’s Day wearing dresses, we of course said yes. Since the first dress-wearing climbers summited Mt St. Helen’s on Mother’s Day in 1987 it has become a well known tradition, so we picked out the best dresses we could find at Goodwill and looked forward to joining 500 other ridiculous looking climbers on Mother’s Day.

The day before, we set up camp at Marble Mountain Sno-Park, taking time to relax and get ready for an early start the next morning.

We left camp at 6am. The hike began in the forest, and we quickly gained elevation and started into the snow.

As we climbed, we moved above the clouds and were able to see Mount Adams and Mount Hood in the distance.

At the summit, we were met with a view of Mt. Rainier and the impressive mile-wide crater left by St. Helens’ 1980 explosion.

After hours of climbing to the top, we descended quickly by glissading (Alyssa’s favorite part).