North Sister (Oregon Cascades; 10,085')

This mountain, which would be more appropriately called the Ugly Sister, is dangerous. Its summit is guarded by a gully that is very aptly called the Bowling Alley, and to get even there one has to do a traverse that is hard to find in good conditions. I have been on the mountain three times, and have summited twice, and on these three trips I had two very close calls. Maybe this sister is trying to tell me something.

Topo Map


S Ridge (I, Class 4)


Jeff Thomas, Oregon High , Keep Climbing Press (Portland, OR 1991)

J. Smoot, Summit Guide to the Cascade Volcanoes , Chockstone Press (Evergreen, CO 1992)

North Sister (plus Middle Sister and Broken Top) from the summit of Mt. Washington in July

Date: September 13, 1998

Party: Dietrich Belitz and Thomas Vojta

Route: SE Ridge from Pole Creek



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