Ascent of North Sister on 2011-09-04

Climber: George Burgess

Others in Party:Fritz Capell
Byron Kellar
Mike Wilson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Sister
    Elevation:10085 ft / 3073 m

Ascent Trip Report

The second day of Santiam Alpine Club's 2011 Luau, we set out at 6:30 from high camp just off the north fork of Squaw Creek. We gained the southeast ridge and ascended, following the climbers' trail to the west face of the mountain. Even this late in the season, there was a single remaining snowfield covering the shale traverse. After poking around a bit, we discovered a substantial moat near the west face headwall that it was possible to walk through. We were thus able to cross the shale traverse unprotected, reaching the base of the bowling alley. We made our way through with minimal rockfall and summited without too much difficulty.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3685 ft / 1123 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4805 ft / 1464 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.4 mi / 15.1 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3685 ft / 1123 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge/Standard Route
    Start Trailhead:Luau Camp  6400 ft / 1950 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4805 ft / 1464 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:Standard Route/Southeast Ridge
    End Trailhead:Pole Creek Trailhead  5280 ft / 1609 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2011 Luau (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Middle Sister2011-09-034767 ft / 1453 m
2North Sister2011-09-043685 ft / 1123 m
Total Trip Gain: 8452 ft / 2576 m    Total Trip Loss: 8012 ft / 2442 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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