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Any recent South Sister info?

Postby philoparts » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:59 am

Headed up in a few weeks, camping out at the moraine for a night then climb. Anyone been up recently? Hows the route and snowpack?
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Re: Any recent South Sister info?

Postby Sunny Buns » Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:22 am

Was there earlier this week. No snow on Moraine Lake route. Air was smoky Thursday.

Top 2000' of trail is loose pumice. Sturdy boots are better than lightweight shoes.
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Re: Any recent South Sister info?

Postby philoparts » Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:32 am

So pretty much snow free route? A few years back I was up there in late August and it was still snow from a mile and a half in plus by the time I reached the moraine, it was socked in with fog!! Of course, we had a much higher than average snowfall that year.......
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Re: Any recent South Sister info?

Postby Sunny Buns » Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:48 am

Not even a patch of snow on the trail. There is a patch or two off to the side of the trail. There is snow in the summit crater but the trail goes around the crater.

Sometimes I have thought about getting on the small Lewis Glacier to travel on snow instead of the loose scree trail. This time you could see a fairly deep crevasse on the glacier. Stay on the trail.
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Re: Any recent South Sister info?

Postby splattski » Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:12 pm

We climbed South Sister on August 6 and there was no snow on the south route then.

Trip report with photos (scroll down past the Mt. Lassen part):
http://www.splattski.com/2013/lassen/index.html
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Re: Any recent South Sister info?

Postby philoparts » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:55 am

A buddy from the fire dept. and I are going to head up this Friday the 6th in the afternoon and camp at the moraine lake, finish on Saturday.
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Re: Any recent South Sister info?

Postby philoparts » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:49 pm

Holy crap there was a ton of people up there this weekend....... and many who probably shouldn't have been. People dressed for low elevation day hikes with no gear at all, probably passed 100 people on my way down to Moraine Lake. I started out around 5am, made it just to the top of Lewis Glacier around 9500' and hit the wall. Throat was shredded, starting to get a headache, and I'm still having footwear issues (I've tried Merrells, Lowa Renegades, and now Danner Crater Rim boots). My biggest issue right now is my physical conditioning. Since I quit smoking three years ago, I haven't been successful in dropping weight and keeping it off. This is going to be my biggest challenge before I set out on anymore backpacking/climbing trips.
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Re: Any recent South Sister info?

Postby splattski » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:06 am

Yes, we also saw loads of people, and on a weekday. Lucky for them it stayed warm and dry.....
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