Cool. Think I've finally gotten all my gear together, picked up a pair of Scarpa Charmoz GTX's at REI with the 20% off, already have crampons, ice axe, various bits of climbing gear and ropes (not really necessary for Three Sisters, but I plan on Rainier soon too), tent and other backcountry gear.......just need to get access to the area. Looks like all the people I know East of the Cascades don't own snowmachines, so that's the big issue. I've been up on South Sister a few times up to 7500-8000', but first go I had just quit smoking and was WAYYYYY out of shape, second got screwed by weather and a boogered knee from a spill on Adams a month before. So far things are looking good, and instead of trying to drive over and do it in one day, plan on breaking it up into 2-3 days.