Middle Sister

July 26-27, 2003

Our group of five climbers camped on Saturday at Arrowhead Lake. At 6 a.m. the next morning we started for the summit of Middle Sister via the Renfrew Glacier. I have climbed Middle Sister seven or eight times, but never have I seen the Glacier looking so bare. Halfway up there is usually a great glissade drop on the descent; this year a rock band extended almost all the way across. As we were climbing the ridge to the summit, in a spot that is usually under snow, we dislodged a rock about the size of a refrigerator that barely missed two of our climbers below it. Despite this near miss, we reached the top at 9, about 3 hours after leaving camp. We lounged on top for a while as the weather was delightful. Climbing Middle Sister were Dave Chapman, Kim Chapman, Wayne Deeter (assistant leader), Andy Jobanek, and George Jobanek (leader).

Kim, Dave, George, Andy and Wayne on top of Middle Sister (photo by Wayne Deeter)

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