Dylan Colon Posted January 18, 2013 Share Posted January 18, 2013 Some friends and I are entertaining the idea of attempting South Sister in the next few weekends, depending on weather. I'm relatively new to the Cascades, and completely new to something of that scale in the winter, which is why I'm interested in perhaps the gentlest of the big volcanoes to start. I do have some experience climbing steep snow in spring conditions in the Tetons. I've seen a bunch of Mt. Hood trip reports here, but none for the Sisters, so I thought I'd go fishing to see if anyone's been up there lately. Finally, I am operating under the assumption that the South Ridge Route is the way to go in the winter. Is this probably the safest option? I will cop right away to my inexperience judging avalanche terrain, and I am wondering if anyone can offer a rough assessment of how dangerous this route is during a moderate forecast, with the obvious caveat that conditions can vary considerably. I'm not sure of the angle on the route, because I've never been on South Sister, is it steep enough to avalanche? I'm completely willing to wait till the spring/I get more experience, because the mountain will always be there, and I want to be too, at least for many years. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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