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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
    Location:USA-Oregon
    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
    Elevation Gain:3685 ft / 1123 m
    Elevation Loss:4805 ft / 1464 m
    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
    Elevation Gain:3685 ft / 1123 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge/Standard Route
    Trailhead:Luau Camp  6400 ft / 1950 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4805 ft / 1464 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:Standard Route/Southeast Ridge
    Trailhead:Pole Creek Trailhead  5280 ft / 1609 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2011 Luau (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Middle Sister2011-09-03
2North Sister2011-09-04
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by George Burgess
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