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Tim Medvetz gathering twigs in order to start a fire while on Mount St. Helens.

Tim Medvetz gathering twigs in order to start a fire while on Mount St. Helens. (View larger version)

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  • Mount St. Helens is the most active volcano in the Northwest and one of the most closely monitored volcanos.

  • Since the 1980 eruption, plants and trees have grown back.

  • The eruption of Mount St. Helens has the largest debris avalanche recorded in human history.

  • Bears will not attack unless they feel threatened so make loud noises, the bears will usually go away.

  • Cougars tend to be solitary creatures that watch their prey before pouncing at the right moment. They are known to be silent stalkers and are hard to see.

  • Black bears have a very keen sense of smell. They can weigh up to 600 lbs and run up to 35 mph.

  • Daily freezing and heating of rocks causes it to break down and tumble down the slope of a mountain.

  • It is common rock climbing etiquette to yell out when a rock is falling to alert others behind you. This is to avoid any injuries.