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DigglerSouth Slope scree slog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2007


2nd in my 2007 Cascade Challenge Volcanofest. Started from Devils Lake TH @ 8.01. Pretty much just putting one foot in front of the other- OVER & OVER & OVER & OVER- & eventually at the summit (12.24). Passed 3 or so parties on way up (was passed by one). Hung out @ summit, ate, & took in amazing view. HUNDREDS (thousands?) of butterflies swarming over summit. Had had thoughts of going over to Middle Sister from S, but when I looked across, I knew that wasn't going to happen that day- no way I felt like another 3,000' vertical on top of the 5 I'd just done (food & beer won out). After talking to a nice couple for awhile, left summit at 14.25. Great glissading on way down. Back at TH @ 17.26, followed by food & beer @ Cascade Lakes brewpub at roundabout. Great day!
Posted Jul 9, 2007 6:45 pm

HeyItsBenSouth ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2007


4.5 hours RT from Moraine Lake (not including time spent at the summit). Did not need crampons/axe on the ascent, but we were able to glissade 1/2 of the way down. Had the summit to ourselves for over an hour. Great views.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 4:37 pm

metasyn11South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2007


Solo ascent up the climbers trail from Devil's Lake Campground. I was on snow more or less the entire time except for the very beginning and near the end. The final 2000' to the summit was VERY windy.. sand and pebbles being sprayed everywhere and I had to maintain quite a low profile on the summit to keep from being blown off. All in all more of a nuisance than a danger though, and I had a blast. Views were somewhat obstructed by the near-constant lenticular cloud over the summit, but again, fantastic day.
Posted Jun 14, 2007 9:52 pm

BSPclimberSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2007


Solo ascent. Left trailhead at 9am, summit at 3pm, left at 3:15, down at 6:15. The last 1500 feet of ascent took me over 2 hours, felt like my feet were glued to the ground. Combination of altitude gain (was at sea level at 6 am) and dehydration. I can never drink enough at elevation. Otherwise fun day, beautiful weather, windy at the summit, but not too cold. 2nd ascent, and first 10K summit since 1988.
Posted Jun 13, 2007 4:27 pm

outdoorgirlBeautiful Day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


A beautiful day to summit South Sister, with views all around! Such warm temps with no wind, camping at the "golf course" felt like the middle of summer. Looking forward to Middle and North Sister next! :)
Posted Jun 10, 2007 9:23 pm

markmaySouth Ridge Ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007


Got to the top too early...hung out until 11am and then skied 4k of buttery corn.
Posted May 9, 2007 8:43 pm

markmaySouth Ridge Ski
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007


Got to the top too early...hung out until 11am and then skied 4k of buttery corn.
Posted May 9, 2007 8:43 pm

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

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