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Ascent of South Sister on 2016-07-14

Climber: Dave Covill

Date:Thursday, July 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Sister
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:10358 ft / 3157 m

Ascent Trip Report

Douglas & Klamath OR
South Sister – 10,358’
7/14/16
Dave Covill
With Rachel Miedema, Mindy Decker, Joe Burke, Rob Venema

This group of students, ranging from about 25 – 48, were in a recent Colo Mtn Club High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) class. About half had already climbed Rainier, some just a couple weeks prior. Part of a larger group, we had just attempted Mt Shasta four days prior, and had climbed Mt Thielsen two days prior.

After staying at a relatively nice Motel 6 and enjoying Deschutes Brewery in Bend, we took a rest day on Wednesday July 13, and visited Newberry Volcanic National Monument, touring ice tube tunnels, lava flows, and Paulina Peak, the highpoint. We spent Wed eve at the TH for South Sister, at Devils Lake USFS campground, at about 5,500’. Camping is free; first-come first-served, with maybe 30 sites. It is a very popular place, nearby to Bend OR.

South Sister is a long dayhike, about 5,000’ vertical in 6.5 miles O/W. You encounter snow at about 9,000’. The summit is similar to Rainier; but much wider across; a flat crater with slightly raised rim, with high ground at the far side. Astounding views; we could see all the way south to Shasta in CA, and Rainier, Adams, and St Helens in WA. I calculated the view-span to be about 200+ miles. Weather was perfect. It took us much of the day for the climb, perhaps 4:40 up and 3:00 down, with an hour or so on the summit.

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