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seabre23South Sis  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007
South Sister is relatively easy, if you are up for a 12 mile hike. Nothing technical. Views range from Mt Adams all the way to Mt McLoughlin. Pretty much the whole of Oregon. In 2001, summited in three hours. The rest of the party was ready to go down, but I stayed to admire the very clear view that day. Running late, I descended in an hour and ten minutes. By far a PR. With heavier snows this year, maybe the only Sister climbable? Always a winner, especially for out of towners.
Posted Jul 29, 2008 2:35 pm

desmo13got to 8500'
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2008

desmo13

Took my dad and nephew. All snow from the road. My dad had enough by noon at 8500' :)
Posted Jul 9, 2008 12:38 am

Steve RydinSouth Sister  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2002

Steve Rydin

It's one of those you climb "just because it's there."
Posted Jul 8, 2008 11:44 am

Karl HelserSouth Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

Karl Helser

Rained Saturday night at camp (7000'), hiked to the summit under clear blue skys the next morning.
If you call the Forest Service they'll tell you there is no parking along the road at Devils Lake. Don't believe them...there's lots of parking. They've even plowed out parking at devils lake campground.
Posted Jun 25, 2008 8:10 am

dannottiGreat hike to the top
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007
Great hike to the top, but no views. Could see 30' from the summit, and very cold.
Posted Jun 16, 2008 12:22 am

Dan WinterSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2005

Dan Winter

Hiked this solo on a fine day.
Posted May 1, 2008 9:08 pm

cdogwrapping up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2003

cdog

climbed the nw ridge via North & Middle sis traverse. Met my girlfriend at the top, who had dropped me off at Pole Ck early in the day. Good climb, LOTS of solitude on this route. Not technical, just a long slog, but a safe (and circuitous) alternate to the north ridge.
Posted Apr 15, 2008 11:14 pm

DigityDan4 times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006

DigityDan

I have done this route four times now and camped on top twice, and this is always one of the best trips of year.
If you go in late spring you can slide down on the snowpack for your return, and it's actually in my opinion easier to climb the top sections with the snow rather than the loose scree.
Posted Feb 26, 2008 12:49 pm

KMMfirst oregon cascade  Sucess!

KMM

did this back in the day. we carried way too much water like 4 quarts! gave some to a guy who didn't bring any water cause "he was a wrestler"
Posted Oct 7, 2007 1:34 am

dresserFirst time over 10000 feet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007

dresser

I need to get in shape!
Posted Sep 24, 2007 6:56 pm

mkpatrickSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2006

mkpatrick

2 day climb, camped ~7000ft, grabbed the peak the next morning. Beautiful clear day.
Posted Sep 14, 2007 4:02 pm

johnny72kfinally!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007
finally got up this one. I'm embarrassed it took me this long to get at it, but I did and got up there with a million other people. nice and cool out. totally clear all day. tons of scree to go with the tons of people.
Posted Sep 10, 2007 12:52 am

hiway99wSouth Sister  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007

hiway99w

The Willamette Valley was socked in with clouds and there were intermittent thunderstorms to the east but the Cascade Range was clear up to about Mt. Jefferson. As we rested for lunch at the lake at the base of Lewis Glacier, clouds were billowing up toward the summit. There ended up being no reason for concern as the day stayed clear, temperature was moderate, and wind at the summit was light enough that I didn't even need a windbreaker. The view, especially of Middle and North Sister, was spectacular. The exposure on the east side of the summit came as a bit of a shock realizing that 30 years earlier I had climbed on that pinnacle in near white-out conditions completely unaware of the drop on that side.
Posted Aug 23, 2007 1:23 pm

YEMSouth Route: Summit Bivy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

YEM

Easy route without any people! I lucked out to arrive before dusk and not see anyone until 10 the next morning. A summit bivy is highly recommended.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 5:42 pm

wrassleman07south sister  Sucess!

wrassleman07

very easy climb, biggest ive done to date, but did it in one day, no climbing gear, just a good pair of boots, and a lunch to eat at the top
Posted Aug 15, 2007 10:53 pm

jclementsLove dat scree  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2007

jclements

After climbing Thielsen in morning, dep. TH at 1145, summit by 1600, return to TH by 2000.
Posted Aug 2, 2007 12:17 am

grandwazooSouth Main Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2007

grandwazoo

Had work in Roseburg so I decided to add a hike into the travel. Had good weather to Moraine Lake area but then all turn to hell. Had 60 MPH winds at the summit with fog and rain turning to sleet. Started at 9:00 am From Devils Lake after a drive from Roseburg, hit the summit at 12:00 and back to the car by 1:30 pm. Legs are still a little sore from the run.
Picked a friend on the way up since his friend had turned around. Sure wish I could have seen the view that all talk about.
Posted Jul 21, 2007 9:40 pm

bmwboarder7First  Sucess!

bmwboarder7

This was my first big hike, which caused me to fall in love with the mountains. We took three days and played the whole time. It is an easy mountain, but has great views.
Posted Jul 20, 2007 11:08 pm

MoapaPkThe Other South Sister  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 1983

MoapaPk

Yep, it's just a 5000' gain slog, but I enjoyed the trip. The snow-filled crater on top was so nice. My wife accompanied me, and didn't hate me afterward! Did lots of hiking around Bend while working on a drill rig. What a magical place.

Years later we moved to Nevada and climbed the Other South Sister.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 1:00 am

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

Diggler

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

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