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Ascent of North Sister

Climber: Milda Tautvydas

Date:Unknown Year
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:North Sister
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9700 ft / 2956 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ski traverse (1996?) with David Salinger, Brigid Sterling, and Bruce Sterling. Started on the North Sister, and ascended to near summit on skis (~9700 or so feet), but high winds and terrible snow conditions turned us back from summitting (terrible sastrugi and rotten, hollow and icy snow, very high winds blowing us over; extreme wind, 80mph or more). We traversed to Middle and South Sisters, and skied from the summits of both peaks, then we descended southerly to a long, flat area covered in the largest sun cups we ever experienced, our skis bridging and flexing across large, icy bowls. We skied up, then kicked steps up the ridge the rest of the way to Broken Top summit, then skied down and out, and waited at the trail head for Cindy to pick us up (long, hot wait!). This was a multi-day trip. Great ski tour. Will check on dates and slides from trip to confirm dates.
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