Mt. Bachelor/Sisters Traverse

April 6, 1996

The group met at the McManigal cabin in Sisters at 08:00 sharp. From there we got into two cars and started the shuttle over to Mt. Bachelor. There we all jumped out of the cars, dodged the snowmobiles and started the ski. The day was already warm at 09:30. We quickly skied across Dutchman Flat and on up to Moon Mountain, where we had a short lunch in the shade of a couple of trees. It was very warm in the sun. From there we skied west into the Three Sisters Wilderness and skirted along Broken Top and on to Tam McArthur Rim. We had an excellent view of Three Creeks Lake and the mountains to the north — Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood and finally Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams in Washington. To the south we could see all the way down to Mt. Shasta in California and everything else in between. We skied along Tam McArthur Rim for a half-mile and then skied down the rim in deep, heavy snow and on to Three Creeks Lake. There we had another lunch stop. We gathered at the little store on the lake shore and from there skied on down to the car that was waiting for us. John and Lenore McManigal were very kind and shuttled a car for the group: without this assistance the trip could not have been completed. Total trip length was 18 miles and time was 7½ hours. The snow was a little slushy but consolidated and fast. It was deep and heavy coming off Tam McArthur Rim, but avalanche danger was minimal due to the consolidation from the previous snow fall. A wonderful trip … the best of the year for all of us. Skiers were Steven McManigal, Bill McWhorter, Margaret McManigal, Ian, Josh and Lyndell (whose last names I'm unsure of), Bill Montgomery and leaders by committee Kevin McManigal and Dick Hildreth.


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