The ‘Geology 101’ of Mt. St. Helens

MAY 20, 2017 I DAY-TRIP I $75

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“When I was in college at Portland State University, one of my favorite experiences were the geology field trips I took to Mt. St. Helens with Dr. Scott Burns. Physical sciences weren’t my forte – but getting outside to learn in an experiential way resonated. It was such a great experience to learn about an iconic element of the Pacific Northwest landscape  through the eyes of a geologist — and a pretty fun one at that! I just learned, saw, and experienced so much that I would have missed if I was exploring the area on my own. Dr. Scott Burns has recently retired from over 47 years of teaching, where 27 of those years were spent at Portland State University where he served as a Professor of Geology and Chair of the Department of Geology. Join us for this special day of education, adventure, hiking and more as we learn (from the best!) about the geology of Mt. St. Helens, and just what happened in May 1980 when it erupted and become famous around the world.” —— Mary, Living Big trip host for this adventure. To learn more about Mary, click here.

Trip Details

  • WHO: Women are invited to join for this adventure!
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 8:30AM to 5:30PM
  • WHERE: we will meet near the entrance of The Eisenhower Bagelhouse, 4350 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
  • COST: $75 includes transportation to/from the meeting point, professional guide, entry into museums and snacks
  • REGISTER: pre-registration is required and space is limited
  • WHY: come to be active. Come to try something new. Come to have fun and most importantly, come to live big!

Trip itinerary is subject to change but will always maintain a spirit of adventure and diverse activities. Questions? Check out the FAQ section above for more information about this trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this adventure only for women?

Yes, this adventure is for the ladies, only. Living Big’s mission is to encourage more women to travel and explore. Time spent with other women is important and Living Big is here to help create that space.

What is the schedule for the day?

We’ll meet at 8:30AM near the entrance of The Eisenhower Bagelhouse, 4350 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217. From here we’ll meet the group, then hop in the van to make our way up north to explore Mt. St. Helens, and the geology of the surrounding area. We’ll make stops at the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center, Johnston Ridge Observatory, Coldwater Lake and multiple geological sites, restrooms and a lunch stop in between! We’ll plan to return to our meeting point no later then 5:30PM.

When and where do we meet?

We will be meeting at the entrance of The Eisenhower Bagelhouse, 4350 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217. There is ample street parking in this area, or you can take TriMet’s Yellow Max line and get off at the North Prescott Street station (stop #11511.) The meeting point is adjacent to this station.

What are the health and physical requirements to join the trip?

Women and girls over the age of 16 are welcome to participate, but participation of a minor under the age of 18 requires the attendance and signature of a parental guardian. Participants should take personal responsibility to ensure they are physically able and healthy to participate. The trip is moderately strenuous and best enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. If in doubt, consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are healthy and physically able to participate.

What should I wear and what should I bring?

Please plan on wearing and bringing the following:

  • Warm layers such as pants, long-sleeve t-shirts, thin fleece jackets, and a warm jacket. Make sure your exterior layer is waterproof just in case it rains
  • Something to keep your head, neck, ears and hands warm
  • Hiking shoes
  • A sack lunch
  • Filled water bottles
  • A backpack that can carry: water, your lunch, extra layers, personal safety/medicine, sunglasses and lip protection.

What is the plan for lunch?

You should bring a sack lunch in your backpack. We will be eating inside or outside, depending on the weather.

How do I communicate food allergies and/or injuries?

Please contact your Trip Host after you’ve registered to share these important details.

What happens if it is bad weather?

The trip will happen rain or shine, but if there are extreme weather conditions that would make the trip impossible or unsafe you will receive a personal phone call from your Trip Host no later than 8PM (PST) on Friday, May 19 and you will receive a refund.

What is your refund policy?

If you need to cancel your participation in the adventure, the following refund schedules applies:

  • 25% of your fee is non-refundable
  • We will refund 75% of the fee up until May 6 at 8:30AM (PST)
  • After May 6 at 8:30AM (PST) the fee is 100% non-refundable

All cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to your Trip Host.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please contact Living Big (click here) to discuss any of your questions!

Have Questions?

Thank you for your interest in this Living Big Adventure! If you have any questions, or would like to discuss details of the trip before you register, please fill out the form below. A member of the Living Big team will reach out to you within the next 48 hours, unless we’re out hosting an adventure.