Leader-in-training Marci led the group up the PCT, which was damp from the thundershowers of the previous night. We reached the climbers trail at about sunrise, and the ridge about 1½ hours later. We could make out just the tops of Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson poking through the smoke from the wildfires. There was still a substantial amount of snow on the east side scree fields. All five made the summit. Winds cleared the air of much of the smoke, allowing us views of the Sisters, Jack and Jefferson. As we started our descent we got a glimpse of Broken Top. We returned via the west-side scree fields and wildflower-filled meadows. Congratulations to David and Dean on their first technical mountain ascents!Members: Wayne Deeter, Marci Hansen. Nonmembers: David Shear, Rick Hoffman, Dean Hansen.
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