Middle Sister

May 8, 2010

As the forecast for Sunday looked questionable, I changed this to a single-day climb. We were able to drive within ¾ miles of the trailhead Friday evening, where we camped by the cars. It showered for a short time during the night, but stopped long before we started hiking at 3:50 a.m. We switched from snowshoes to crampons at 7200' where the snow was firm. But it was only a small patch of firm snow—a little ways beyond the snow was soft again, all the way up to the top of the Hayden Glacier. The north ridge was in great shape. All that nasty rock and scree was totally covered with snow and rime and here the crampons were useful! We spent only about 20 minutes on top taking in the usual fantastic views—it was cold and windy there, and clouds were gathering in the west. The weather held off until we were back to the cars. When we were driving away it did sprinkle a bit.

Climbers were Sean Breslin, Dave Jensen Dan Koziol and Wayne Deeter, leader.

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