Post subject: Cascadian Volcano Raid part 7 0f 9 Middle Sister
Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 12:29 pm
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The Three Sisters wilderness is a volcanic playground with 4 massive volcano’s within its boundaries and another within a few miles. Amar and I made our approach from the Pole Creek trail head where we would travel SW to camp lake situated between the Middle and South Sisters. Are objective for the day was to summit the Middle sister via the Southern ridge and descend down the SW face back to camp.
Image taken with the Sunnto x10
The approach to camp lake was a 1700 foot gain over a 5 mile traverse through dense forest with the occasional views of the sisters.
It doesn’t look like were skinning from the trail head this time
Photo by Amar Andalkar After ¾ of a mile we ran into continuous snow
The occasional glimpse of the South Sister through the dense forest
Photo by Amar Andalkar After around 4 miles the forest started giving way to alpine.
The East face of The Middle Sister (The Diller Headwall )
We made camp at the base of Camp Lake which was still under snowpack.
Once arriving at basecamp we ditched all of our overnight gear and took a much needed hour long break eating food and melting down water.
Then we made our approach towards the Middle Sister Skinning away from basecamp with the South Sister in the distance
Photo by Amar Andalkar
Our ascent route up South ridge of The Middle Sister in the distance
Broken Top in the distance
Photos by Amar Andalkar
The snow on the South side was still semi frozen and getting steeper so we decided bootpacking would be more efficient.
Bootpacking towards the sun
Photo by Amar Andalkar Amar bootpacking the ridge with Broken top and South Sister in the distance
Views of the North Sister started opening up once we got closer to the summit.
Photo by Amar Andalkar The final 100 feet to the summit proper
Photo by Amar Andalkar It looks like there were tracks from the day before going down the Diller Headwall
Photo by Amar Andalkar Amar climbs to the summit proper
The last few steps to the summit with Broken Top, Bachelor and South Sister in the background
Photo by Amar Andalkar A little bit of celebration on the summit
Photo by Amar Andalkar
And now for some views from the summit Looking to the South with South Sister, Bachelor and Broken Top
Photo by Amar Andalkar A closer look at Broken Top
Looking North at Washington, 3 Finger Jack and Jefferson
Photo by Amar Andalkar We originally intended on skiing back down our ascent route but it wasn’t continuous from the summit so Instead we rode down the SW face
Our decent route was down the middle of the face
Photo by Amar Andalkar Riding down the ridge next to some tracks laid down the day before
Photo by Amar Andalkar Amar enters the chute first
Then I drop in
Photos by Amar Andalkar After an 1800 vert perfect fall line we started heading east towards our camp site
Photos by Amar Andalkar At camp we rested watched the sunset over South Sister
Photo by Amar Andalkar Sunset alpenglow on the NW face of South Sister
Our totals for the day Ascent: 5250 ft Decent: 3600 ft Total Distance was over 9 miles