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4 The Obsidian, September 1958
A Busy Climb Week On the North Sister
The North Sister which had given the club grief for two years, treated us much better this year. In three climbs in one week 34 Obsidian names were put into the summit register.
Saturday, Aug. 23 Ray Sims led 15 to the top. His group camped at Scott Friday and Saturday coming out Sunday. (See the next column.) The regular climb, led by Tom Taylor, saw 12 on top. On Wednesday, the 27th, Ray Harris led seven up.
Climbers on the regular climb, with an asterisk denoting those who earned the three-peaks award that day, follow:
Tom Taylor, leader; Ron Green, assistant; Joe Frazier*, Bob Frazier*, Lorena Shinn, Doris Shinn*, Dowell Callis*, Pepe Bensen*, Bert Bensen*, Hollis Oxley, Bob Nicholson, and Steve Hadley*.
The mid-week climb with Ray Harris was made by Ray, Betty Harris, Pat Stahl, Bob Green, Dana Gott, Lorena Shinn and Ron Green.
Earning the three-peaks award on Ray Sims' climb were Ron Green, Frank Jones, Jane Hilt, Jim Dotson, Blanche Bailey, Marjorie Beaman, Jim Kezer, Jim Sims, Deron Dierks, and Kitty Lou Shaw.
That means that Ron Green climbed that old pile three times in one week. The Sunday climb was a special victory for Bob Frazier and Doris Shinn who had been turned back twice before and for Joe Frazier who had been turned back once before.
Following the advice of Ray Sims and the Saturday climbers, Tom led his Sunday group over the top of the snowfield at the bergschrund, rather than attempting to cross the snowfield. That group also had a small lightning storm just after Collier glacier was crossed on the way down.
By the time the mid-week climbers made the top, 116 names had been put in the summit register this year. All last year only 73 climbers made the summit.
Old-Timers Climb Of the North Sister
Thirteen were on the North Sister climb of Saturday, Aug, 23d, to celebrate Ray Sims' thirtieth climb of the North as leader of an Obsidian party. Sixteen-year old Jimmy Sims followed in his father's footsteps when he applied the important belay that saved a climber when he slipped on the steep snowfield below and pinnacle and swung down. It was a tense moment, but the party continued, higher on the snow field, to make the descent at the bergschrund point. Thirteen hours elapsed between start and finish at Scott camp.
Those on the climb were Jane Hilt, Doris Sims, Jim Sims, Kitty Lou Shaw, Blanche Bailey, Merle Bailey, Marge Beaman, Jim Dotson, Deron Dierks, Jim Kezer, Ron Green and Frank Jones who assisted Ray Sims.
Dale and Henry Carlson hiked in early on Saturday and caught the party on the mountain.
-- Ray Sims
Ice on Rocks Jinxs Broken Top Climb
When a climb is scheduled for Sept. 14, climbers have to figure that maybe the weather won't cooperate. And it didn't. Storms, which had stayed away on weekends ever since the Hood climb, came back to drop snow on Broken Top -- not that some snow would stop Lorena Shinn and the six she led up the ridge. But glare ice on the rocks was a different matter. They turned around.
With Lorena were Larry Hilt, Gene Wiley, Jim Sims, Don Tucker, Jim Platz, and Jim Pool.
They camped at the start of the Green Lakes trail, arrived at the lakes by 9 to find visibility spotty. It got worse, with a high wind that made Lorena caution the climbers if they fell to fall toward the Green Lakes side of the ridge and home.
However, the mountain was not denied to the club entirely this year, having been climbed twice from summer camp.
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