Ascent of North Sister on 2017-05-29

Climber: Dustin Wittmier

Date:Monday, May 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Sister
    Elevation:10085 ft / 3073 m

Ascent Trip Report

GPX file is round trip, follow the ascent line on foot, the descent line is on skis starting from 10000' on the S Shoulder. The file is good until the final scramble, at that point there are too many obscured GPS pings and you would need to "clean up" the file to truly follow it. The mileage and elevation statistics are for the entire trip, ascent and descent.

The approach is straightforward. From 10000' you follow a knife edge ridge to the E side of the summit block. I took the standard "Bowling Alley" route to the summit (see summitpost), which was mostly steep snow/ice traversing (AI1) followed by class 4, crumbly rock. With tools in hand it felt pretty secure. On the descent, I spotted a gully on the E side, just S of the summit. I down climbed approximately 30' of WI2 that was in pretty good shape, thus eliminating much of the time spent exposed on the "Bowling Alley" route. Once back to the skis, it was an enjoyable cruise back to the car.

I recommend two tools on a winter or spring ascent. I had been here two days earlier with a partner and we each only had one tool, which felt inadequate and we decided to bail. It was also warm that day so the E side traverse felt sketchy. If you fall back here you will surely injure yourself and possibly die. Consider bringing protection if you are not comfortable on steep snow and ice.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5041 ft / 1536 m
    Total Elevation Loss:214 ft / 65 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5041 ft / 1536 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4827 ft / 1471 m; Extra: 214 ft / 65m
    Loss on way in:214 ft / 65 m
    Distance:13.6 mi / 21.9 km
    Start Trailhead:5258 ft / 1602 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dustin Wittmier
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