South Sister: June 2010

This year, when we got to the south cascade mountains, they had been hammered by snow for several days. The result was a very different view of the mountin we had used as a warm up hike for Rainier the year prior. The Mountain was completely covered in snow and ice and presented a real climb for us.

The Crew

Brett, Morgan, Kevin, Monica, Jeremy, Scott, Thom, Me, Neil.

Gear List

This climb was an exercise in light and fast. We hiked in the minimum needed to camp for the night. Only enough food to last the 2 days. Only enough layers to only be warm when you are either moving or in your sleeping bag. No extra's of any kind.

This was great practice in seeing just what is needed and what is really superfluous. Check the Gear List page for what I took on this climb.


Lesson Learned:

Double and triple check to make sure you have brought your head lamp on the summit day! Having to rely on your camp mates to shine their light for you to fill your pack and put on your boots, or to borrow it so you can trapse over to the bathroom (designated tree hole 50 yards from camp) is not a fun time.



Check out my Photo Gallery to see the pictures I stole from Brett and Jeremy! I was just too lazy to carry my camera on this trip so I relied on the professionals to document this one.

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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