Ascent of North Sister on 2017-08-02

Climber: Michael Lewis

Others in Party:Josh Lewis
Adam Walker -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Sister
    Elevation:10085 ft / 3073 m

Ascent Trip Report

The loose pumice/scree slog up the SE ridge sucked but we found a cool cave around 8k. Josh helped kick steps across steep snow on the Terrible traverse and we set up snow anchors for protection taking lots of time. The bowling alley was surprisingly solid and Josh led that, top-roping us from a belay station above and to the right for some solid class 4 with thin holds verging on class 5.0. This was a single pitch and it was all easy class 2/3 after that. We found some rope and rappelled the one pitch. From the North Middle col we dashed up Middle then descended the very pleasant Hayden Glacier (which we should have taken on the way up in my opinion). A tough summit with awesome views of the Sisters area. Conditions were about perfect for us, maybe it would have been better if the snow on the TT was softer like in late June... While I think it was a cool climb, there was real danger in the loose rock and occasional exposure. Wear helmets and travel carefully.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4945 ft / 1507 m
    Total Elevation Loss:160 ft / 48 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4945 ft / 1507 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4785 ft / 1458 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Loss on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Start Trailhead:Pole Creek Spring  5300 ft / 1615 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Sisters Traverse

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Sister2017-08-02 a4945 ft / 1507 m
2Middle Sister2017-08-02 b1247 ft / 380 m
Total Trip Gain: 6192 ft / 1887 m    Total Trip Loss: 260 ft / 79 m

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