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catstack

[TR] South Sister - South Ridge 6/21/2014

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Trip: South Sister - South Ridge

 

Date: 6/21/2014

 

Trip Report:

I camped out at Devils Lake the night before. I got in kind of late and was worried there might not be a spot available. There only seemed to be a few other campers so there was plenty of room. I was a bit surprised since it was Friday and very nice out.

 

I got started around 5am. About a half mile into the trail there was pretty constant snow pack. I brought some micro shoe spikes and put them on at this point. I continued up the ridge to the snow field.

 

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At the end of the snow field it's nothing but up. I make my way up to the Lewis Tarn expecting to see some blue water but nope! It was still completely frozen over.

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I continue going up which is a mix of rock and snow at this point. The very last part was the steepest snow but some rock was starting to show through.

 

Nice day at the summit, ate a snack, and came on down.

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Gear Notes:

Normal gear for a long day hike, micro spikes, and hike poles.

 

Brought crampons and a ice axe but didn't use either.

 

Approach Notes:

The snow was soft enough / not steep enough to put on crampons. Using hiking poles and micro spikes I felt fine. If I didn't have the micro spikes it might have taken a bit longer though.

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FYI...Teardrop Pool is at the summit, in the crater, near the north rim. The pool that's in the picture is a tarn at the bottom of the Lewis Glacier.

 

Nice pictures...

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Thanks for the TR.

 

I'm honestly impressed with the amount of snow still and that the tarn was still crusted over. It must fall off dramatically after the 3 sister. Shasta had so little left a month ago, and two weeks ago at crater lake there was very little compared to year's past.

 

Also heard that pool called Lewis Tarn. USGS has it unnamed.

 

 

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FYI...Teardrop Pool is at the summit, in the crater, near the north rim. The pool that's in the picture is a tarn at the bottom of the Lewis Glacier.

 

Nice pictures...

 

Oops! Thanks for the info :)

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