Ascent of Middle Sister on 2014-05-10

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BLMhikergirl Pipps
Harlan Stockman
Susan Wenberg
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Middle Sister
    Elevation:10854 ft / 3308 m

Ascent Trip Report

We tried a new route which, as they sometimes do, ended up proving the wisdom of the traditional route.

The road to this trailhead was pretty good- one of our party took a Subaru Outback up there with no real issues.

We originally planned on taking Sheep Creek all the way to the ridge southwest of the summit, but upon continued brush, we decided to break for the southeast ridge. I'm not certain if staying in the drainage would have been better or worse, but the ridge was no picnic. It was steep and loose terrain getting to the ridge, then bushwhacking intermittently (at times quite bad) from there until about 500' below the summit.

On the way down, we stopped by the Lyon County (Nevada) high point, our primary target, which was easy to find.

From there, we attempted to descend the "standard" route, but misjudged the canyon, and had a challenging canyoneering experience with a couple nasty dry falls we had to work around. To add insult after injury, we were snowed upon, somewhat significantly, the last hour or so of the hike with an inch accumulation on the vehicles when we finally got back to them! Fortunately the snow held off until we were out of the challenging canyon or it could have gotten really ugly.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3374 ft / 1028 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3374 ft / 1028 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.9 mi / 11.1 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3154 ft / 961 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Southeast ridge
    Start Trailhead:Sheep Creek trailhead  7700 ft / 2346 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3374 ft / 1028 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3154 ft / 962 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Gain on way out:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Southeast ridge
    End Trailhead:Sheep Creek trailhead  7700 ft / 2346 m
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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