North Sister

Saturday–Sunday, July 27–28, 2013
Leader: Wayne Deeter
Climb: 16 miles, 4800 ft

We had great weather for this difficult climb. We set up camp at Arrowhead Lake Saturday afternoon. There were already some tents in the area--a group of Portlanders who were climbing Middle Sister that day. Some of us chose to descend the butte and get water from Sister Springs (and visit Obsidian Falls) or Scott Spring, others preferred to filter from the lake. We started our climb at 3:30am Sunday, hiking up the climbers trail under a last quarter moon. At about 7600' we put on crampons and continued up on snowfields. At sunrise we were crossing the Collier Glacier. The slog up the scree to achieve the south ridge does not get any better with time! The Dinner Plate was about 2/3 covered with snow starting at the south edge. My ice tool with hammerhead was very useful for pounding in the pickets as there was a hard ice layer under the snow. All six of us spent a few minutes on the summit taking photos and admiring the view. We then began the descent, getting back to camp, hiking out, and (the most dangerous part of the trip) driving back to town, all before sunset. Many thanks to Brian Hamilton for his able assistance.

Members: Wayne Deeter, Randy Sinnott, Ivan Paskalev, Bob Kaminski, Brian Hamilton. Nonmembers: Svetoslav Dobrev.

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