Ascent of South Sister on 2012-06-06
|Others in Party:||Aaron|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 6, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||10358 ft / 3157 m|
Ascent Trip ReportHad a great ski descent, from the crater rim at 10,220' down to Devils Lake at 5450', without removing my skis. I did have to step over some rock bands, and free my heels for striding along the flats. The snow was icy up top, through packed powder, corn, slush, elmer's glue, and finally heavy glop covered with tree boughs down low.
My ascent, though, was an epic. I stupidly parked too soon, at Dutchman Flat, not realizing that lots of people parked semi-illegally along the plowed road even though no parking areas or turnouts had been plowed. So I had to skin for almost 10 miles around Broken Top just to get to Green Lakes at the base of the main peak. Then I followed some climbers up a nasty ridge, where I should have stayed lower. The last 400 feet was very icy, and I had no crampons, so I had to kick deep steps to make my way up.
I meet two other skiers, Aaron and Loughlin, below the summit, and we teamed up for the final climb and for the descent. They showed me the standard south climb route down to Devil's Lake, and gave me a ride back to my car 8 miles down the road. Thanks, guys!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||5057 ft / 1541 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||5968 ft / 1818 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||18 mi / 29 km|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Skis, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds|
Sunny/PtCloudy on Lower Mtn.
| Gain on way in:||5007 ft / 1526 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3997 ft / 1219 m; Extra: 1010 ft / 307m|
| Loss on way in:||1010 ft / 307 m|
| Distance:||12.6 mi / 20.2 km|
| Route:||Green Lakes|
| Start Trailhead:||Dutchman Flat Sno-Park 6361 ft / 1938 m|
| Time:||9 Hours 10 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||4958 ft / 1511 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 4908 ft / 1496 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m|
| Gain on way out:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||5.5 mi / 8.8 km|
| Route:||South Tr|
| End Trailhead:||Devils Lake 5450 ft / 1661 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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