North Sister

August 16-17, 2008

In spite of the heavy snowfall this winter, there wasnt as much left this late as Id have liked. We crossed a crack in the hogsback fairly low down on the Hayden. Then there was about a 1000' stretch of rock to cross between the top of the Hayden and the snowfield above the Collier. The snow on the Dinner Plate was much reduced from what Larry had reported from two weeks before. It was now only about 20' across.

A group of six Chemeketans who climbed via the southeast spur made it to the Dinner Plate ahead of us. We worked with them to share ropes in order to expedite the climbs of both our groups. We were treated to a bit of lightning and thunder in the west as we were descending.

Congratulations are due to Mark Slipp, Roy McCormick and Mike Baum on their first summits of the Mean Mama. Wayne Deeter, leader.


Middle Sister and the Hayden Glacier (photo by Wayne Deeter)


Dinner time at camp (photo by Wayne Deeter)


North awaits (photo by Wayne Deeter)


Mike’s and Roy’s bivy (photo by Wayne Deeter)


Roy on the summit (photo by Wayne Deeter)


Roy, Wayne and Mark on the summit (photo by Mike Baum)


Wayne and Mike on the South Horn (photo by Roy McCormick)

 


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