August 29-30, 2009
We hiked in via the Soap Creek climbers trail and camped at 7700', below the SE spur of the south ridge of North Sister. The wind died down in the evening, so we had a calm, clear night, with the moon and stars shining brightly.
While our 5:30 a.m. start stretched out to 5:45, we still beat my best-case time estimate to the Dinner Plate by half an hour—we were ready to rope-up at 9:00 a.m.! While we climbed the SE spur, we watched a group of ten climbers struggling up the col between the Hayden Glacier and the SE spur—their “leader” is apparently not familiar with this mountain. (We later learned that they had left their camp 1½ hours before we left ours. They showed up at the Dinner Plate an hour after us!)
Our time on top was short as we didn’t want to stick around for the crowd. On our descent, a member of the other party knocked loose a basket ball sized rock that whizzed by April and me, and bounced over our rope.
Congratulations to April, Lubos and Dan at successfully tackling this mean mountain.
Climbers were April Anderson, Lubos Hubata-Vacek, Dan Koziol and Wayne Deeter, leader.