Ascent of Middle Sister on 2010-07-30

Climber: Les Zollbrecht

Others in Party:Jared Wolcott
Jenny Whitted (DS)
Brodie Brock
Greg Damazo
Aaron Johanson
Lane Gladden
Rocco Lizzi
Date:Friday, July 30, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Sister
    Elevation:10047 ft / 3062 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked from Pole Creek TH to Soap Creek on the first evening (about one hour) and camped in the forest. On the second day, we hiked up to our base camp at about 8,000 between Middle and South Sisters. There are notorious thunderstorms this time of year so we camped in a basin below a terminal moraine.

From camp we donned our spikes, ropes and helmets and climbed the Hayden Glacier up to the Northern Saddle between Middle and Prouty and scrambled up the ridge to the summit. We encountered one steep snow section which we fixed a line for our group to hand-line descend.

There is particular rockfall hazard in this high snow field area from parties (our in our case dogs) that happen to be climbing above (fortunately, we got up and out before the dog could launch any missiles). Wear a helmet and check out what is going on high on the mountain before trundling up the snow gully.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4687 ft / 1428 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:Hayden Glacier
    Trailhead:Pole Creek  5360 ft / 1633 m
    Route Conditions:
Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Days 

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