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bedellympian

[TR] North Sister - E Buttress 12/28/2019

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Trip: North Sister - E Buttress

Trip Date: 12/28/2019

Trip Report:

Pole Creek TH is currently accessible with a high clearance/4wd, some rutted snow and slick spots, but pretty easy.

Good skin tracks from the TH to Middle and North with minimal snow pack (2 hrs to the base of North's E Butt). Some icy spots but mostly nice wind packed snow.

Lower E Butt has some ice and neve on it. The upper is dry and has unconsolidated snow. Enough to slow you down but not enough of it to be a wallow. We traversed off and descended Early Morning Couloir due to time. Some split boarders were playing around on the NE aspect while we climbed but I would not recommend the lower portion of that aspect due to exposed rocks and icy patches.

Take home: In general people should stop repeating the same routes on Hood and explore a bit... :wink:

Gear Notes:
Some pitons, a couple screws, some rock gear.

Approach Notes:
Skis FTW

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