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[TR] Middle Sister - North Ridge 6/7/2015

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Trip: Middle Sister - North Ridge

 

Date: 6/7/2015

 

Trip Report:

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It's a little late now, but we did Middle Sister two weekends ago. We took two days and approached from Pole Creek TH, spending the evening at the toe of the Hayden Glacier. Super warm conditions - we were hiking in shirts and shorts the entire approach. The mosquitoes are starting to fill the woods so remember to bring your repellant of choice!

 

The climb was pretty casual, a mile or so up the glacier, then a short climb up the north ridge. The steepest sections of the ridge might have reached 40* but only briefly.

 

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The snow is going quick! There were several folks skiing that weekend, but the 5 mile approach deterred me from bringing along the sticks. More pics/stories/GPS links here: http://mountainrefugees.tumblr.com

 

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Gear Notes:

Ice axe and 'pons.

 

Approach Notes:

~5.5 miles from Pole Creek TH to the toe of the Hayden Glacier.

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We did! Unfortunately it was kind of in between seasons when we were up there. There was enough snow/ice on the terrible traverse to use tools but with the warm weather it wasn't freezing solid at night. Slushy snow on 70* feels sketchy to me so we decided against it on this round. But it's on the list!

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