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Katy YPhew! That was hard.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006

Katy Y

I am SO GLAD I did this in the fall. Weather was perfect, altho it clouded over when we summitted (of course) and was raining in earnest by the end. Even though late in the season, still lots of people. Realigned my perspective on what's possible for me to do out there.
Posted Apr 7, 2007 11:30 am

boisedocgreat views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1996


a bit of a slog on snow up the south side but great views from the top
Posted Apr 7, 2007 3:04 am

vcrewpc06South Ridge from Moraine Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2003


I climbed South Sister back in my days of Boy Scouts as part of a fifty-miler. We camped at Moraine lake our third night, and got up before sunrise and climbed on our "rest" day. Beautiful day. The views to the north and east were impaired by the 20,000 ft smoke columns produced by that summers forest fires. Impressive sight.
Posted Mar 26, 2007 3:27 am

donhaller3A face in the crowd  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 1998


Mike and I walked up to Moraine Lake and camped. Headlamps going up the ridge above at 3:00am We left at sunrise. Nothing to add. Lots of people, all pretty well behaved. Very smoggy on both sides. This is a straightforward trail walk in good weather this time of year.
Posted Mar 5, 2007 8:23 am

highiceprouty glacier, spring  Sucess!
on the way home from another climb, we saw this peak and haven't not climbed it yet, decided to do so. picked a nice line up (found out later it was the prouty). since it was spring, we found ice flows (WI 2-3)over the cliffs so opted to do them as a variation. thawing conditions were causing lots of ice fall in the upper sections of the ice gully above the cliffs and rockfall across the glacier on the descent. like turning our backs to a firing squad!
Posted Feb 8, 2007 5:37 pm

rweaveSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 1990


Summitted with my friend Pete and his family. This was the first time I hiked anything above 3K ft, so even as a third grader, I was elated to make it to the top. I must go back to appreciate.
Posted Jan 29, 2007 6:31 pm

Matthew HollimanSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

Matthew Holliman

With Bob and Rick. Cold, no views, and not much of a climb either. This was the first peak of a generally disappointing road trip (thanks first to bad weather, then some painful tendonitis in my knee) to the OR Cascades.
Posted Dec 1, 2006 3:16 am

hiway99wVia Green Lakes  Sucess!


Hiked to the summit of South Sister in September 1977 while in high school and camping at Green Lakes with a group of friends. It was a clear day when we started but a cloud enveloped the summit as we reached it and we were in white out conditions so there were no summit views. Didn't get too disoriented and I managed to find and touch the summit register but didn't take time to sign it (my friends said this meant the climb didn't count). As soon as we were barely off the summit the clouds cleared off.
Posted Oct 22, 2006 2:50 pm

whaynalDevil's Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006


First mountain out of California. Climbed with my Uncle in the middle of a three-state mountain climbing tour. Great view of the sunrise over Brokentop on the way.
Posted Oct 4, 2006 2:19 am

Dennis PoulinDevil's Lake Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1999

Dennis Poulin

I enjoyed this climb. Lots of people to talk with. Great views.
Posted Sep 22, 2006 9:27 pm

2skinnersSummitted  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2006
Did this one solo. Have been wanting to do it for a long time, but things kept coming up. Glad to have it done. Great views, with neat cloud cover. Boy the weather changes fast up there.
Posted Sep 3, 2006 1:31 am

cmc56789South Sister in August  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2006


I did this one a fourth time, but for the first time without requiring crampons or snowshoes, and also th efirst time not losing my way between the trailhead and the base of the mountain. Very interesting to see what this volcano looks like without snow. Also very cool to finally see the bright blue Teardrop Pool in the summit crater. View form McLoughlin to Hood even with forest fires burning. Pretty smoky in the Black Butte vicinity. Saw about twenty other hikers and three or four dogs.
Posted Aug 30, 2006 6:50 am

NickyPSouth ridge from Devils Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2006


I had great time and I liked how the geology kept changing from the forest to the alpine meadows to the color change of the rock. The view was hazy and couldn't see well past the North Sister but still a worthwhile climb.
Posted Aug 24, 2006 12:34 pm

Luke MorrisAre you serious?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

Luke Morris

This climb for me was hard. Just when I thought I was the strongest man alive, I looked over and saw a 60 year old women. I was in awe of her level of drive and commitment to climb this Goliath. What an amazing person she was, I think this was the highlight of the climb for me. That and when the crazy guy jumped in Tear Drop Lake.
Thanks South Sister, now I am addicted!
Posted Aug 23, 2006 12:19 am

jnalewaySkree Sliding  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006


We climbed South Sister last weekend. It was my son, Mike's, first ascent, and the weather was perfect. We left at about 8 AM from the trailhead at Devil's Lake and took the south summit trail from the campground's North Parking Lot. Watch out for many mosquitos at the lake, but once up above the first crest, and onto the plateau, the view of South Sister was fabulous and the bugs were gone. I noticed much less snow than in years past in the glaciers on the south face, so bring plenty of water for the trip up. But the crater was full of snow and also many colored butterflies joined us while we scrambled up the red skree field slope to the top. We reached the top at about noontime. The trip down was very dusty, and we basically slid our way down on the skree, so it only took us about 3 hours to get back to the car. All in all, a beautiful day in the High Cascades together.

One last note - all the way down we were dreaming of burgers and ribs and lemonade at our favorite spot in Sisters, Oregon; Bronco Billy's at the Sisters Hotel, about 30 minutes away on Hwy. 20. We may make it a traditional "after-climbing" hangout. I would recommend it.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 4:46 am

TurboRoute Hiked: South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2006


Had a good time hiking up the trail to the top of this big mountain. I had thought that it would be more difficult than it was, but I believe I could have left my hiking boots at home and gone in my Crocs (well maybe not quite). Anyway, it was a really nice, easy climb.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 2:00 am

lakenyonSouth Ridge from Devils Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006
The wind on the ridge was incredibly strong and I had a hard time keeping blowing debris out of my eyes. Other than that, it was a pleasant outing.
Posted Aug 5, 2006 6:12 am

BSPclimberGreen lakes to South ridge Date climbed: July 1987  Sucess!


Went with a Mazamas group. Camped in green lakes area. This was my first 10,000er, felt the altitude. First glissade on way down.
Posted Aug 2, 2006 5:20 am

awilsondcRoute Climbed: Green Lakes variation via Todd Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006


A very long day (18 miles) and a very strenuous hike up the west gully from the Green Lakes. Especially difficult after summiting Broken Top the night before, but well worth it. From the summit we got a great view of The Black Crater Fire from the summit. After the hike back down the south ridge to the trail at the bright blue lake, we glissaded our way back to the Green Lakes area. This was by far the longest (2 miles or so!) and most enjoyable glissade of my life! Very very fun trip!
Posted Jul 31, 2006 5:17 am

thundercloudSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006


Most snow has melted off route; reached snow 3/4 mile in and then had patches on the way up. Skitters are now in full force and horrid for first couple miles. During our descent, we came upon a terrified 8 year old boy who had wandered down trail alone, 700 feet of elevation and over 1/2 mile, away from his family. Our party found him and waited while I hiked back up to inform the family. A simple hike/climb, but some strange things can still happen. 4th time on summit.
Posted Jul 24, 2006 3:32 pm

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