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olymountainmanJune Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012


Spur of the moment decision to make the 6 hr drive from olympia,wa to climb this mellow beast. Made it to the trailhead at 3am saturday and bivyed up there for a few hours. started climbing at 7am, set up camp at the flats near lake moraine. summited in 3 hrs from there, glissaded back down and hung out at camp for hours before getting some shut eye. I seriously regret not bringing my snowboard :( was gonna try for broken top on sunday but didnt have the time since we live 6 hrs away and i had to work monday morning. another time. great climb though :)
Posted Jul 1, 2012 1:51 am

Nick TurturaBeautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2011

Nick Turtura

Just that. Beautiful day!
Posted Jun 4, 2012 11:25 pm

MichaelWWFirst time on Top of the World  Sucess!


This was the first 'real' mountain I had the chance to climb. The views on that particularly clear day (Rainier to Shasta?) have stuck with me for a long time.

This is a great peak for newbies and groups - we came up from the south (Devil's Lake) and didn't have any trouble getting to the top with a bunch of teenagers.
Posted May 28, 2012 5:03 pm

Cal60 mph wind
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2011


I think we made it to the top...it was a white-out and wind almost blew my friend over the edge at one point. And still there were other people out!
Posted Apr 16, 2012 3:19 pm

mastercoogHiked standard route in mid-september  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2011


Hiked South Sister after climbing North and Middle a few days earlier in mid September. The temperature was 90 degrees the first day of our trip and was near or at freezing temperatures plus windy at Moraine Lake where we camped the last night. However as we climbed up the mountain, the wind stopped as we climbed past the cloud level at 7500 feet and was very pleasant and sunny on the summit. We spent extra time on the summit because we did not want to go back down to the windy weather down below.
Second successful summit on August 26th, 2012 with party of four. One team member got altitude sickness and almost did not make summit. Started climbing at 4:20am and had mountain mostly to ourselves. The summit was 40 degrees with about 30mph winds which felt very cold for summer climbing. Total climb time was 8h 40min starting from Moraine Lake.
Posted Feb 19, 2012 6:44 pm

santanoniSouth Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2011


Camping out at moraine lake we went up fairly early. My climbing companions had not been above 5000 in a long time, but we knocked it out in quick order and with no problems. One broken trekking pole from a boot ski by one of my group, no big deal.
Posted Jan 13, 2012 11:52 am

bellinghamclimberSeason's changing...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2011


Looks like summer's finally over. Super cloudy weekend with low vis from the summit. Kinda cool to see the ice formations up top though...
Posted Oct 3, 2011 3:46 pm

FlandersEnd of the Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011


Long climb, clouded in.
Posted Sep 19, 2011 10:09 am

Travler559we did it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011


Had a most spectacular climb up the South Sister. Late start @ 11am, but was able to make it to the summit in just over 5 hours, we stopped and took a lot of pictures as this was a first time for my friend. Meet some great people along the way and was amazed at how many kids were on the mountain 8,9 10 year old kids climbing right next to us and usually passing us. Amazing views from the summit. Very grueling the last 1000 feet, but well worth every moment on top. Met up with another first timer, "Florida Matt" we called him, tallest mountain he had been on is 700 feet, if you call that a mountain. He made it to 7800 feet in his moccasins,1 banana, 1 cucumber, some jerky and one water bottle, we helped him out with snacks and extra fluids. This was a tester climb for us as we are going to attempt to scale Mt. Adams in 2 weeks. So we loaded down our packs a headed up. So worth the soar legs today, but nothing a soak in the hot tub won't cure.
Posted Aug 14, 2011 12:01 pm

RangerMarkGood early climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2010


Peak was still entirely snowcovered, which meant I didn't see a single person the whole day. Had the mountain to myself, great views.
Posted Aug 12, 2011 10:13 pm

kdonaldsonSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011


With snow still covering about 50-60% of the trail this late into the season I thought I would give it a go hoping the snow would keep away the crowds. Left the trailhead at 6:20 with my dog, passed about 10 people on the lower section in the trees. Met a guy named Ryan about half way up and we hiked the rest of the way to the summit. Arrived on summit about 10:35 (4hrs 15 min) at a moderate pace. The snowfields were frozen on the way up so you will need good poles and boots, or get over onto rocks. Beauty day - stayed on the summit until noon, eating, talking to others as they came up. Could see all the way to Adams in the north and almost to California to the south. Ryan was heading over to middle so I headed down and hiked with Brent and Becka and their dog Rio. Our dogs got along well. 2:15 minutes down with some exciting glisading on the upper snowfields allowing us to make great time.
Posted Aug 7, 2011 5:19 pm

srobinsonNo Prep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1997
Climbed South Sister with some friends on a very nice day many years ago.
Posted Jun 29, 2011 6:39 pm

LeviFriends first mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2011


A buddy of mine was ready to see what this mountain climbing business was about. We had planned to walk in and camp but getting to the TH late we set up the tent there. Snow all the way from the road to the summit. Started at 6am, summit at 1pm, and back to the car at 5pm. Great day on the mountain and from what I know we had it all to ourselves.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 3:07 pm

funwithdunkSouth Sister Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2010


Hike to the top of South Sister

It's a non-technical but very demanding climb of the state's third-tallest peak.

About the Hike: Oregon's third-tallest mountain has a path to its top. Admittedly, the trail up 10,358-foot South Sister is exceedingly steep, long and rugged, but no technical climbing skills are required and the rewards are great.

From the summit - a broad, snowy crater with a small lake - you can see half the state. If this sounds too demanding, here's a secret: the loop to Moraine Lake, halfway up the mountain, is just as picturesque. This lower hike avoids the final trudge up cinder scree, yet still offers views 100 miles south to Mount McLoughlin. What's more, the weather's better here. The summit often generates its own little cloud, complete with whiteouts, wind, and a miniature blizzard
Posted Feb 27, 2011 10:57 pm

mnpalermClimber's Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2010


I hit the trailhead at 6am, ended up passing about 15 people and still wasnt first to the top! Luckily the first party left upon our arrival so we had the summit alone for about 10 minutes. 30 minutes later there were 15+ people on top. Besides the crowd, the climb rocks and the views are outstanding!
Posted Feb 20, 2011 6:47 pm

belowfellowpumice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009


2 months in a foot cast due to a broken foot. I climbed this pile of choss on the first day out of the cast. I will come back again when there is snow.
Posted Feb 16, 2011 3:23 pm

OOGDevils Lake  Sucess!


Just a big pile of rocks, good view though. Next time I'll climb it when there's still snow
Posted Jan 27, 2011 11:25 pm

LadyWawaGreen Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2010


I went up via the Green Lakes variation. Absolutely no people but certainly a faint and difficult trail to follow. It was like a big party at the summit and on the snow field near the summit (people make snow angels and stuff like that!). Fun!
Posted Jan 27, 2011 11:26 am

RetroGearSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2010


Hiked the standard route with John Seward. Were first on top that day but was not long till the crowds were visible on the descent.
Posted Jan 9, 2011 11:51 pm

iquest4itWhere the hell did you just come from?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


Although I have summited South Sister a few times before from the south cow trail, to conclude my Marathon I went straight up the north ridge, which was almost as hard as N. Sister. I crossed three steep glaciers and went up a never-ending 45+ degree scree field from hell, only to face 25 ft. of vertical, rotten, red rim rock. I crawled over the top and the guy standing there said "where the hell did you just come from". I've heard that more than once. :)
Posted Dec 25, 2010 6:46 am

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