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SURVIVE | Spanked by Mount St. Helens

My husband, Erik, and I skinned up Mount St. Helens with our dog and camped above treeline. We were well conditioned, had extra food and fuel, and were super excited to ski a living volcano. On day two, we ate a leisurely breakfast and set out for the summit. —Lindsey Clark

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Illustration: Koren Shadmi
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After an hour of climbing, in the middle of a switchback, I felt an intense stab in my right knee and fell to the snow, screaming in pain with a dislocated kneecap.

 


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