North Sister, NW Ridge
August 26-27, 2006
The group met at SEHS on Saturday at 9 a.m. and drove to the Scott Trail, with an obligatory stop at Harbick’s for chicken-on-a-stick. We hiked to Minnie Scott Spring and set up camp nearby. The temperature was moderate, and the skies clear except for much smoke to the north from the “Lake George” and “Puzzle Creek” fires. After setting up camp, Chance and I climbed the north side Little Brother, a route not to be recommended as it’s a steep scree slope.
We left camp at 4:35 a.m. Sunday under a clear, moonless sky. I used a GPS track I’d made a week before to get us through the maze of pits in the cinder desert east of Collier Cone. Once on the ridge the most difficult obstacle proved to the the section from the last gendarme to about mid-way below the Glisan Pinnacle, where the footing was sketchy at best and the ability to protect nonexistent.
Two ropes were used to protect the traverse around the Prouty, then the second rope was pulled and used to protect the ascent of the Bowling Alley. All five were on the summit by 2 p.m., where we rested, basked in the sun, and enjoyed the view.
We returned via the same route we had climbed, and were all back at our camp at Minnie Scott Spring by 7:30 p.m. After packing up gear and tents, we hiked back to the cars under starlight. All were safely back in town by 1 a.m. Monday morning, after a very long day.
Members: Amber Bell, Wayne Deeter (leader), Chance Fitzpatrick, Miles Hollander and Ron Unger.