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  • #570187
    kjkrow
    353 Posts

    After some planning, met JimW and Ecobrad at the Sister’s Bakery at 5am. Euclid and Solo showed up a bit later, and we all headed out of town to the Pole Creek TH. The plan was to approach North Sister via Soap Creek and ride something on the Thayer Glacier headwall, though other opportunities existed as well, such as the Villard Glacier.

    Gearing up in the TH:

    Jim studying the map during the first splitboot stretch of the day:

    Thayer Headwall:

    Skinning towards the headwall:

    We got up into the basin below the headwall a little too late unfortunately, as the chutes that come off the ridge and down through the choke of the headwall look awesome. Smooth up high, committing, and steep (maybe 45-50 degrees). As we skinned up the apron of the headwall, a small wet sluff poured off another chute and rockfall happened occasionally. Jim skinning towards the chute:

    Jim and I were a bit higher than the other guys, and via radio, we started to voice our concern over the conditions. Opting to play it safe and bail on the headwall chute, we headed north towards this chute, that would also let us ride the Villard if we weren’t comfortable with the south facing conditions:

    Cool looking rocks:

    Looking down my bootpack towards the other guys:

    Jim:

    Ecobrad, Euclid, and Solo:

    The chute was about a thousand vert and around 40 degrees. It tops out on this narrow little ridge between the Thayer and Villard parts of the E face, with just enough room for us to sit and hang out for a while. The view to the north:

    Dropping in, the run was sweet. Stable nice corn. Jim aired off the ridge into the chute:

    And then my camera batteries died . . .

    We rode down the apron and out as far as we could. We transitioned to split booting, and booted down about 200 vert that we could have ridden, then got fed up with it, and rode a little bit more through the trees. A 2.5 mile hike back down the trail brought us back to the vehicles and beer. I had great fun riding with you guys, and can’t wait to see your pics.

    #606558
    renoenvy
    105 Posts

    n sis looks nice

    thanks for the report

    #606559
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Nice one Boys. Good to see Jim and Eco out with the PNW crew. Hope you guys can meet us at Adams on the 4th

    #606560
    Euclid
    22 Posts

    Nice one Kyle! I don’t have too much to add- a few pics and some great memories of ridin with you guys. Glad to see you got to ride SouthSis too. I think solo and i will try her soon, hopefully with less wind. As for the North Sis:

    In the forest -splitbootin’ shot:

    Our objective from a bit farther:

    Here’s the bowl between the moraine and the Thayer Glacier Headwall to provide some scale. That’s Kyle and Jimw about a quarter mile ahead of me (which is where they always seemed to be…animals!):

    The view East from our ridge looking out over the high desert of Central OR:

    Looking down our descent to that giant bowl:

    And finally, if you look really close you can see our tracks and the ridge Jim jumped just above halfway and to the right:

    all in all a blast with representatives from all three pacific states. let’s do it again soon!

    #606561
    Kyle Miller
    510 Posts

    bad ass, glad that you got some good weather.

    #606562
    bigdood
    457 Posts

    Looks like it was beautiful out for you guys!

    #606563
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Looks awesome! 8)

    #606564
    kjkrow
    353 Posts

    Tex –

    I won’t be able to make Adams on the fourth, but hopefully some of the other guys will. There should still be lots of snow up there 😀

    #606565
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Here’s a few more picts from our trip. We had a great time and, as always, all of the splitboard.comers were easy going and fun to hang out with.

    My family was staying near Sisters for the week. A day or two before our split trip I went for a trail run to the top of Black Butte and got a sweet look at North Sister.

    Some more cool looking rocks.

    Here’s what turned us off from the Thayer Glacier. The adjacent snowfield start to wet slide.

    Because I took this picture of Jim’s turns from the top

    I missed his jump

    And a few more pictures of my vacation.
    Mtbing with Jim

    The day after N. Sister I convinced my 5 year old that she wanted to climb to the top of Black Butte. She did it with only a little piggy backing.

    and more of me just being a Dad.

    sb.com representing

    Thanks again for the trip guys.

    #606566
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    What’s with these Cali guys coming up here and then sending messages back via gang signs in pictures on the interweb?

    #606567
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    #606568
    bigdood
    457 Posts

    @ale_capone wrote:

    What’s with these Cali guys coming up here and then sending messages back via gang signs in pictures on the interweb?

    LOL! That’s actually funny….that, or we drank too much wine here.

    #606569
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    We in da hood yo!

    #606570
    solo
    35 Posts

    Heres a few more pictures,
    Jims air

    Euclid on the upper face

    Ecobrad on the lower snowfield

    It was alot of fun riding with you guys, I am glad we could hook up.

    #606571
    kjkrow
    353 Posts

    Interesting link from Summitpost: http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=38279&sid=fab95e1e5d20b31193018f8f4182deb1

    For those of us that were on North Sister, this is the report of the two climbers we saw on the way out. A few interesting pics, including this one of the upper east face of the Thayer Headwall:

    Enjoy!

    Any pics to add Jim?

    #606572
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    @jimw wrote:

    We in da hood yo!

    Haha.. cool. 8)

    Oh yeah,, great report and pics.. The shot of jim airing is pretty sweet.

    #606573
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    Man, I am way behind on my trip reports! Nice pics and writeup everyone. Didn’t I say something about posting some of my pics “soon”… a couple weeks ago? 🙂 Anyway it was great meeting up with everyone, and it was a totally fun trip. A bonus was getting to mtb with ecobrad *finally*, after talking about it forever.

    @kjkrow wrote:

    Interesting link from Summitpost: http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=38279&sid=fab95e1e5d20b31193018f8f4182deb1

    For those of us that were on North Sister, this is the report of the two climbers we saw on the way out. A few interesting pics, including this one of the upper east face of the Thayer Headwall:

    Doh! So it looks like the headwall *did* go from the top! Damn, coulda woulda shoulda. That is one sweet looking line. We’ll have to get it next year.

    Any pics to add Jim?

    I think I did take a couple pics… 🙂 I’ll try to post some up by this weekend. Sorry for lagging.

    #606574
    kjkrow
    353 Posts

    Oh yeah, Jim, what did you hit up Sunday on your way out of town? South Sister?

    —- Nevermind, just saw your email. —-

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