We camped somwhere just east of camp lake. Hiked a ridge that I believe was the next ridge over from the main southeast route. No need for crampons or ice ax via this route, unless you start really early. The snow was mushy enough that crampons wouldnt have done anything. Mosquitos are heinous in places, not bad at all in other spots. I would recommend camping lower to avoid the bugs.
Attempted to climb from the Obsidian Trailhead, but we ended up starting at 7 miles down the Old McKenzie Hwy because the road is still closed. Heavy snow covered the ground for at least a few feet starting at the trailhead and all the trails are completely buried. We navigated by the lava flows, but had to turn back after thick fog and snow rolled in.
Left my girlfriend at the time about 1700' below the summit, where she was "attacked" by hummingbirds. I had to hear about that for the rest of the relationship.
Same story as North Sister, 3 sis marathon attempt, bailed off S. Sis, long hike to trailhead in the dark.
this was one of my first climbs when i was inexperienced but adventurous, did the south sister the day before
Young, full of energy, and in love. Amazed by snow fields in the middle of summer. The start of my quest for new mountains.
Climbed South snow route from Camp Lake. I love Camp Lake! Not a soul in sight on the mountain. Jon and Whitney congrats on the baby.
Climbing partner and I planning Middle Sister climb on weekend of Aug 15th... previous postings suggest that crampons a good even in mid-summer - would you agree? My review of maps does not make clear quickest road access and trail to ascend - any suggestions? much appreciated.
We climbed the north ridge from the Hayden Glacier, got hit by a thunderstorm and descended to the PCT on the (west) Obsidian side. The next morning we hiked south and reclimbed the mountain from the PCT via Chambers Lakes and up the south ridge. We redescended the north ridge and Hayden Glacier before hiking out to Pole Creek Trailhead. Amazing weekend!
Made a nice 2 day trip up Middle Sister to test out a bunch of gear and better coordinate packing for a 3 month trip we're planning this summer. Turns out the gear wasn't the issue, we are both just horribly out of shape. Fun snow climb up the North Ridge and great weather, just beat the Memorial Day Crowd.
She's the shortest but don't tell her that.
I was summitpost surfing and came across your summit log. It is so true the walk out on the Obsidian trail is long. It's the last miles of featureless forest after lava flow that lulls one into hullucination. I reminised and had to laugh,
My roommate and his brother visited from out of state and I told them I'd take them up a mountain. Middle was my first mountain, it's got some basic glacier travel and it's over 10,000 ft, so I got Friday through Monday off of work and we got packed.
Hiked in late Friday morning (9:00) and camped at Demaris. Set up camp, took quick swims, and got water at my favorite spring. My friends hated mosquitoes. I might be the only one in the world, but I'm okay with them. There were a lot, though. Slept outside, but when it started to rain, we managed three people in my solo tent until we got up to make breakfast.
Packed one gear bag and small daypacks and headed out. I took the gearbag, which was heavy, but my friends had never been this high before. We kept about the same pace most of the way up.
Roped up for Hayden Glacier. Had axes, but no crampons. This late in the summer and this late in the day, we managed fine following another group's tracks up the ridge of Hayden.
Left the gearbag in a bivi near Prouty and summited. Snow on the top in August! It was a cold year. Friends were gasping for air at the summit. Didn't spend much time before I took them back down. Crossed on the West side of Prouty and glissaded down Collier. Made it to camp. Friends decided mosquitoes were too much, so we came down two days early. Went to work on my day off, but content.
Perfect day on Middle Sister as summit #2 of three sisters marathon. Ascended north ridge route after coming down the south ridge of North Sister. On summit of North at 1040, and summit of Middle at 1340.
Climbing partner lost his digital camera (Canon ultracompact in a blue case) somewhere along the route between the south ridge of North and the summit of Middle...otherwise a perfect day doing the Three Sister's marathon!
Climbed it solo 4 hrs up from Linton meadows during a backpacking trip with my family and cousins. Made it back to camp by 10AM. Easy walk up but was happy I brought crampons (needed them).
Not Too much snow?...Two day trip due to distance? 242 on west side still closed no?
Walked into Chambers Lakes on friday and camped. Started the ascent at 5 the next morning. Found our way up the ridge and made the summit at 9:30. Views were great, from Adams to about McLoughin. Finding the way in the snow was no problem at all. It was a great climb and I will definetaly come back to do the Hayden Glacier Route.
What a great climb and beautiful weather! A little tricky traversing one of the glaciers - crampons would have been nice!
Climbed via Hayden glacier, great weather and views.
From Pole Creek TH Hiked about half mile before hitting snow, then another quarter mile before loosing the trail under snow. With my GPS in one hand and moving tree branches with the other, we made it to our 7000' camp in great time. Not a cloud in the sky...
Sunday left camp for the summit at about 6:00am. Conditions were perfect. Snow was firm under crampons. As always this time of year, the crux of this climb was the last 700' up the north ridge/face. Down climbed about 200' facing the mountain.
The visibility was clearer than I've ever seen it. Shasta to Adams...crystal clear.