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Khartoum Wood

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Ok so i know at this time due to avi danger its a bad place to be but with in maybe the next few weeks im hoping to spend a weekend in the sisters area to climb both and was hoping some one has done them in winter and hopefully give me more of an idea of what to expect is there usually a tone of ice or what also can you get a car to the locked gate or will i have to hike that too any info would be helpful thanks.

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Depending on your route, I think it is actually pretty possible to do this in poor avy conditions. Better to follow your nose than my advice.

 

Unless its changed, the walk is just as long as it used to be. You walk from the gate and if there is some low snow, mtn. bikes won't help.

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Three of us have tentative plans to give the sisters a go next weekend. Access is as noted, gate is usually locked and most likely having to go up the road. I think the route itself will be tricky, but manageable, at least I hope!

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Ok so i know at this time due to avi danger its a bad place to be but with in maybe the next few weeks im hoping to spend a weekend in the sisters area to climb both and was hoping some one has done them in winter and hopefully give me more of an idea of what to expect is there usually a tone of ice or what also can you get a car to the locked gate or will i have to hike that too any info would be helpful thanks.

Khartoum

 

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I agree with Farrgo. If you are doing the West Ridge, then avy conditions shouldn't be a problem. I have climbed the W. Ridge in all conditions and during all times of the year (I think I'm at eight ascents now), I spent too much time in that area when I was going to WWU. Even if the gate is open, don't go past, because they will close it eventually and you'll be trapped. For South Sister, you can cut across from N. Twin's W. Ridge to S. Twin's west ridge (there may be some avy danger going ridge to ridge in the valley/bowl. S. Twin's West Ridge is longer than the North's, but easier. Bring some crampons for snow/ice on rock. The W. ridge is pretty fun in wintery conditions.

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just got back from the west ridge of north twin. the bottom half of the ridge was a cruise but the upper half was plastered in rime, verglas and light powder snow. me and my buddy opted to turn around at the obelisk due to falling ice on the upper ridge from sun warming. the route would definitely go but we didn't really feel like getting beamed with ice chunks climbing in those conditions. other than that, snow doesnt start til a little past dailey prairie and snow conditions are perfect for flotation-less travel.

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just got back from the west ridge of north twin. the bottom half of the ridge was a cruise but the upper half was plastered in rime, verglas and light powder snow. me and my buddy opted to turn around at the obelisk due to falling ice on the upper ridge from sun warming. the route would definitely go but we didn't really feel like getting beamed with ice chunks climbing in those conditions. other than that, snow doesnt start til a little past dailey prairie and snow conditions are perfect for flotation-less travel.

 

Nice! Lucky to get out on such a sweet day. I was staring at the NT on my way back to town from Everson. I am very envious.

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Forgot about this shot I took climbing it in full-on conditions a few years ago.

AH You are killing me with the stoke! Nice picture!

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I have been up both in winter and the s one felt longer but i dunno. I think everyone answered your questions so im just chestbeating at this point... both are so amazing and one of my favorite places to visit during winter in the great state of Washington! go get some!!! probably perfect right now

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