|North Sister from Traverse|
Nine indefatigable hikers, 75 delightful degrees, one babbling brook, two not-so-wild horses and two towering sisters high above us.
|Hiking Up Through the Columbines|
|Mike's New Friend|
The morning chitchat ended abruptly 20 minutes into the hike. The mountain was the only one talking--"I'm steep and I'm in-your-face. Pay attention." We did. And on a day when valley temps would soar well north of the 110-mark, we basked in 80-degree sunshine and a cool breeze atop South Sister. One down, one to go.
|Hiking the Summit of South Sister|
|South Sister Summit Meeting|
The route to North Sister was anything but intuitive, but Larry & Paul both had copious notes and reliable GPS coordinates. We stopped to get our bearing occasionally as the terrain challenged us all the way.
|Shadowplay (Who's the Ballerina?)|
|Starting Traverse from South Sister|
|Under This Rock|
|Down This Cliff|
If our ascent was steep and daunting, the descent down the backside of the mountain was a veritable free fall. Hazards everywhere: Slippery slope, falling rocks and phantom ankle-grabbers. Everything was out to get us. Many arms and legs were leaking blood.
But the biggest shocker of all was checking the GPS at the conclusion of the hike. A mere 4.1 miles in an agonizing five hours. Perhaps that 2400 feet of vertical played a role. Thanks for having us over, ladies. ~MOC
|Jump Down This Rock|
|Ta-Dah! North Sister Summit at Last!|