Ascent of Middle Sister on 2018-08-04
|Others in Party:||Sanket Patel|
|Date:||Saturday, August 4, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||10047 ft / 3062 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFour of us attempted this as a long day trip. Started from the Polecreek TH at 7AM. The first 4.5 miles are on a good well maintained trail through a burnt forest after which you will start following a obvious climbers trail towards the mountain. You will know you have to leave the main trail when you hit a significant creek crossing. About 0.1 miles into the climbers trail there will be a "Leave no Trace" sign.
Follow the climbers trail to the base of the Hayden glacier. We had micro spikes so we ascended the glacier directly to the saddle (you can also avoid this by following the trail to the saddle between Prouty point and North Sister but that makes for a much longer ascent). The glacier did have crevasses open but they were mostly visible could be avoided easily (we did not rope up but had helmets). Watch for rock fall near the saddle and Prouty point.
Once at the saddle the wind started to pickup and the ridge is all scree now in the summer. The goal here to stay high except to get around one vertical rock section to keep the rock fall danger low. The middle section of the ~800ft scramble is the worst and it gets better as you near the summit. Helmets will help here. We were the last team on the summit so had it for ourselves.
The descent was uneventful and the slog back through the burnt forest was annoying as expected. Got back by 9:15PM.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route:||Hayden Glacier/North Ridge|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Glacier Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Clear|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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