August 12-13, 1989
The five members of the South Sister climb stood on the top of
Oregon’s third highest place at 10:30 a.m. on August 13, 1989.
It was 78 degrees F, little wind.
Mountain peaks everywhere shouted for attention through clear skies.
The group backpacked to Moraine Lake on Saturday and found a
Sleeping under the stars Royal Murdock and John Pegg enjoyed one of
summer’s special gifts,
the Perseid Meteor Shower: a display of shooting stars caused by
the earth’s annual orbit through some primordial cosmic dust.
At 6,500 feet with a perfectly clear atmosphere, it was spectacular!
A leisurely lunch on the summit, surrounded by the marvelous beauty
of the Cascades, let us all reflect on our accomplishment.
A1 Swafford, a mountaineer from Salem, was generous with stories
and trail mix.
This was Velma Brotherton’s first mountain and her pleasure showed.
Kim Gagnon and Royal Murdock proved how easy a climb can be after
a season of conditioning.
This was John Pegg’s third Sister with the Obsidians.
For everyone it was a thoroughly enjoyable trip.