Ascent of North Sister on 2013-08-24

Climber: Caleb Morris

Others in Party:Troy Baker
Michael Wanberg -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, August 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Sister
    Elevation:10085 ft / 3073 m

Ascent Trip Report

We hiked into Minnie Scott Spring and camped amongst the throngs of PCT'ers. Predawn start, hiked around the Collier Cone to the east, then immediately gained the ridge and started our ascent. Pretty routine volcano scree and boulders up to 9700 feet where we reached the base of the Glisan Pinnacle. There are multiple routes from here, some more obvious than others. We chose to access the high ledge at the base of the Prouty Pinnacle and worked our way across to a muddy/icy chute. Once through there we were at the bowling alley and shortly thereafter on the summit. Nice weather, almost no smoke, a nice climb with a good group.
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My greatest high 5 ever, atop North Sister with Troy Baker. Picture courtesy of Michael Wanberg (2013-08-24). Photo by Caleb Morris.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6000 ft / 1828 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1300 ft / 396 m
    Round-Trip Distance:20.5 mi / 33 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6000 ft / 1828 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4700 ft / 1432 m; Extra: 1300 ft / 396m
    Loss on way in:1300 ft / 396 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:Northwest Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Lava Camp Lake  5385 ft / 1641 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km

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