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ilukaRoute Climbed: Collier Glacier Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!


This was little more than a walk-up but a very nice one at that. The Collier Glacier presents little in the way of challenges now as it no longer has any crevasses (contrary to the trip report from 2001 commenting on a lot of crevasses on it's northernmost side -- and our President claims Global Warming is no big deal...). Crampons are stil necessary, particularly early in the morning in late season, as the ice is firm and footing would be very difficult without them.
Posted Sep 5, 2005 11:38 pm

seth fridaeRoute Climbed: north ridge via north sister Date Climbed: 9/3  Sucess!

seth fridae

summited middle as part of three sisters traverse. Descent down south ridge. Beutiful crystal rock was left on the summit by a fellow hiker which i enjoyed looking at while i had a smoke.
Posted Sep 3, 2005 6:22 pm

amochkaRoute Climbed: Hayden Glacier Date Climbed: August 14, 2005


Definitely too late in the season for this route. Not enough snow this year to be climbing this route this late..hayden glacier heavily crevassed, lots o' rockfall, etc. Reached the point just below the north ridge and couldn't safely head up, so didn't get to tag the summit. Steps in heavily crevassed area were blowing out....and lots of loose rock coming off the saddle between north and middle sister.

Seems that the southeast ridge looks better to me if you have to walk up shifting piles of rock, which is basically what we spent all day doing. Beautiful weather, clear skies and good company made the slog worth it. Will be back earlier in the season or will try a different route next year.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 6:08 pm

crirwinRoute Climbed: Hayden Glacier Date Climbed: July 25, 2004  Sucess!


A long one-day slog from Pole Creek Trailhead with my friend Nathan. Once we hit the Hayden we made a direct shot along the right edge of the glacier toward Prouty Point. Saw one good sized rock slide just as we approached the Point. The last scramble up the North Ridge was straightforward with one good pitch of late season snow that required us to break out the ice axes.

A thunderstorm started to approach just as we were about halfway down the Hayden on our descent. I didn't know I could run so fast with a pack on! Made it down below treeline just as the lightning began crackling overhead.

Finished the long hike back to the car - about 14 hours roundtrip.
Posted Jul 13, 2005 1:37 pm

DagiTigRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!


What a great climb and beautiful weather! A little tricky traversing one of the glaciers - crampons would have been nice!
Posted Jun 8, 2005 2:01 pm

onandupwardsRoute Climbed: North ridge/Hayden Glacier Date Climbed: October 2003  Sucess!


Exposed crevasses due to late season climb, had to skirt to ridge to avoid.
Posted Feb 21, 2005 1:15 pm

Andy DeweyRoute Climbed: South Ridge/Irving Glacier Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

Andy Dewey

Camped at Chambers Lakes, climbed via Irving Glacier and south ridge. Great day, awesome views.
Posted Feb 3, 2005 3:43 pm

K2McKayRoute Climbed: Hayden Glacier and North Side Date Climbed: July 25 1998  Sucess!
Great skiing down the cone and the glacier both. Me and Joe rocked it hard weaving in and out of the crevasses. The summit cone is nice and steep as well. All in all, a great day.

Posted Nov 22, 2004 6:42 pm

gobbletRoute Climbed: South East Ridge Date Climbed: July 20, 2004  Sucess!


A group of us climbed the southeast ridge from our camp at Chamber Lakes. It was a long cinder slog, with many variations possible as you approach the ridge. We had great weather and great views, and even took a dip in a lake on the way back to camp.
Posted Sep 9, 2004 5:41 pm

Shaun MatyasRoute Climbed: South East Ridge / North Ridge / Hayden Glacier Date Climbed: August 12, 2004  Sucess!

Shaun Matyas

A wonderful climb. My group did a loop from Lake Demeris, up the South East Ridge trail (the trail can be hard to find because of erosion), yet you can see were you need to go. We descended the North Ridge trial, which is easier to follow, then the SE, climbed the small peak between the North & Middle (Protey's point), then glissaded down the Hayden Glacier. Wonderful trip. Watch out for the butterflies, there were hundreds of them flying up and down the mountain.
Posted Aug 27, 2004 2:52 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: South ridge Date Climbed: Sept 22, 1979  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

After climbing Broken Top the day before and backpacking a bushwhack route to the Chambers Lakes area we were a bit tired but realized this would be our only chance to climb this peak for maybe years to come. With Rob and Dave as partners, we scrambled up very unstable talus to the summit in about 2 hours from our camp at Chambers Lakes. This route is very unstable! Most of the time it felt as if the whole slope was about to give way. Won't do this route again! About 50 degrees at the summit with 30mph winds made it a bit uncomfortable for us dressed in shorts and t-shirts but at that age we all felt invinceable - boy did we have a lot to learn!

Posted Jul 27, 2004 1:11 am

aishvRoute Climbed: Hayden Glacier Date Climbed: June 19th, 2004  Sucess!
Climb Party: Mazamas Climb - Portland OR

E. side ascent of Middle sister via the Hayden Glacier. Started from the Pole Creek TH (drive to Sisters OR, sign in at the Sisters Ranger Station and head to Pole Creek TH off of Hwy 242). Packed in to ~6200 ft and 5 miles from the TH for an overnight stay on June 18th. Early AM start at 03:00 up the Hayden Glacier to Prouty point. Had to use crampons almost all the way to the summit. Reached summit at 10:00, descended back to camp at 13:00. Broke camp and back at car at 17:00. Great climb with great weather and views from the summit. Since climb was early in the season, very few upper level crevasses were just starting to open up.
Posted Jul 5, 2004 12:47 pm

PawkalaRoute Climbed: East Side Date Climbed: September 11, 2003  Sucess!


Left from Pole Creek and hiked into timberline. Climbed up and played on the Hayden Glacier with its many wide open cravases before heading down for dinner and sleep under a full moon. All three sisters looked so beautiful under Gods night light. Climbed up the next morning roped in with my 3 other climbing partners. Had high winds up from the saddle. It made it a little tricky in spots since there was about 1 foot of the falls first snow on the ground. Made it up and back down with only momentary glimpses of North Sister to see from the top. Great climb and an awesome experience.
Posted Jul 1, 2004 10:53 pm

pjc30943Route Climbed: North Date Climbed: August 1998  Sucess!
Left Eastern Oregon at 3am, and began climbing at 7am. No special equipment needed, just ski goggles and plenty of water. The scree was two steps up, one slide down, as everyone knows:(

The ridge was a fun route, I have to say I saw the heels of the person in our group hiking in front of me, once too often though:)

Good memories from this climb
Posted Apr 17, 2004 12:48 am

eckdoerryRoute Climbed: north ridge Date Climbed: multiple spring  Sucess!


As a leader in the Univ of Oregon outdoor program, I did this peak multiple times in multiple years --- this was the destination for the mountaineering class.. The approach is definitely best from the east.-- the Pole Creek Trailhead.

In spring, make sure you rope up on the glacier --- you wouldn't believe the crevasses that reveal themselves on that thing later in the summer.

The upper third can be difficult if there is hard snow and no one has kicked in steps ---- but this is rare, seeing as this mountain sees lots of traffic all year around.
Posted Nov 28, 2003 1:36 pm

hkutukRoute Climbed: SE Ridge Date Climbed: September 22, 2002  Sucess!


Camped at the nice Chambers lakes area at Camp Lake. Wandered around in the afternoon to check out the other lakes. Next day went up the distinct ridge all the way to the summit with close up views of the other Sisters. Great end of summer climb.
Posted Nov 14, 2003 12:17 pm

annaleiserabinekRoute Climbed: North Ridge via Renfrew Glacier Date Climbed: August 9, 2003  Sucess!


See Cornvallis below for a detailed log. The Obsidian area is gorgeous. Take the time to get a Limited Entry Permit. You will not be dissapointed. Its one of the most beautiful areas I have ever been in.
Posted Aug 30, 2003 3:20 am

brandonRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2003  Sucess!


Traversed here after doing N Sister
Posted Aug 22, 2003 1:41 pm

dkantolaRoute Climbed: North Ridge via Renfrew Glacier Date Climbed: August 9, 2003  Sucess!


See Cornvallis's entry below. Great views from the west side of the Sisters. The quota system is a pain. This route is reasonable to do in a day, but the hike out can feel a bit long.
Posted Aug 20, 2003 12:38 am

cmc56789Route Climbed: North ridge via Hayden Glacier Date Climbed: august 19, 2003  Sucess!


I left the pole creek trailhead solo at about 12:15 AM and reached the summit at 7:15. It was the best conditions i could have possibly asked for. I could see from St. helens and Adams all the way to Shasta and everything in between. no clouds at all north or south for about 45 minutes. also only a very mild breeze made the summit pleasant. the Hayden is pretty broken up with lots of crevasses. I would reccomend crampons and ice ax for safety. a fall could easily end up in a deep crevasse.
Posted Aug 19, 2003 11:42 pm

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