Fun Scree Scramblin'
This is a great first mountain for anyone looking to get into mountaineering in the Cascades. It offers taste of the lovely scree so often found on these volcanoes. South Sister is a very popular climb in the summer and honestly offers more of a hike than true mountaineering, due to the lack of snow and any technical travel. However, this summit still sits at over 10,000 feet so altitude sickness can be a concern for some. It’s also about 12 miles round trip with 5,000 feet of elevation gain on the way up; most parties should plan to spend the majority of the day on the mountain. An early start will allow hikers to escape the worst heat and beat the crowds.
We reached the summit at 930am- 4 hours after we left the car. The only downside on the climb ? The smoke from fires in central Oregon clouded our views with increasing density and by the end of the hike, my eyes were watering freely. The view from the summit was lovely BUT not nearly as clear as it could have been, which means that, oh darn, we need to climb her again.
For more information, including additional photos, an equipment list, and stats, check out this post.
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