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Dylan Colon

[TR] Three Sisters, Oregon - Marathon 9/12/2015

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Trip: Three Sisters, Oregon - Marathon

 

Date: 9/12/2015

 

Trip Report:

Seizing the beautiful weather this weekend, three friends and I made a north to south traverse of the Three Sisters yesterday. The climb was pretty uneventful and conditions were very good the whole way.

 

The nastiest climbing was actually on the north ridge of South Sister, rather than on North Sister, as we had expected. Being a north face, it has held on to a bit of last week's snow, making the rock wet in places. We encountered a fixed rope that led off to the right where the really really bad red rock begins. Climbing alongside this fixed rope proved to be the crux of the route and was really quite nasty. We did the traverse in a very unremarkable time of 16 hours 35 minutes, but with a 3 AM start that still left time to get beers and food in Bend afterwards.

 

Edit: I meant to mention that Thayer Glacier on North Sister was no where to be seen, it seems that any remaining ice has been completely covered by recent rockfall. I wonder if it can be really called a glacier at this point?

 

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Top of North Sister.

 

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View from North Sister.

 

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View from Middle Sister. Sadly South Sister wasn't looking much closer. Definitely the most depressing view of the day.

 

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Looking back at North Sister from Middle Sister.

 

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Looking back up at Middle Sister.

 

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View of South Sister's north face from Chambers Lakes.

 

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Looking south from Chambers Lakes.

 

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Scrambling up nasty "rock" on the north ridge of South Sister.

 

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A pool of water in South Sister's crater. Teardrop pool did not seem to be formed in the usual place, perhaps it drained out?

 

Edited by Dylan Colon

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