July 17, 2005
A great group of Obsidians attempted the South Ridge of the
North Sister but were unsuccessful.
The weather looked great, the group was strong, but the conditions on
the mountain finally turned the group back.
It was 50 degrees F when the group left Arrowhead Lake at a little after
3:00 a.m. and the forecast was for 90 in the valley.
But there was little snow for cramponing up the slope until we almost
reached the Collier Glacier.
Strangely enough the late Spring storms had piled and drifted snow high
on the ridge making the approach to the “dinner plate” a
The group lost valuable time negotiating these conditions only to find
that the large gully that leads to the dinner plate was steep snow and ice,
very possibly as hazardous as the traverse itself.
At this point because of the size of the group, the quickly warming
conditions, and the time it would take to belay through these obstacles
the vote was to abandon the attempt.
Even getting back from this high point was tricky and involved several
roped belays over obstacles and exposure not usually encountered this
time of year.
Doug Nelson, assistant leader,
John Pegg, leader.