This is a beautiful and remote alpine summit involving plenty of time on incredibly steep and exposed climbing to get to the summit.
For the South Ridge route, we’ll approach via the Hayden Glacier below Middle Sister and make camp on a nearby moraine. Early the next morning we’ll rise and climb to the saddle between Middle and North Sister. From here, we’ll gain the immense South Ridge traversing some steep snow in the process. The summit pinnacle includes a few pitches of steep snow and ice climbing. We will descend back to our camp and prepare for the hike out to the trail head that day.
For the Northeast Ridge, we’ll establish our basecamp near the toe of the North East Ridge. This camp is in a beautiful place, with entire East Face of North Sister looming above. The climb will start out by climbing the ridge directly on steep snow. When we get to the shoulder above the ridge, we’ll climb over to the West side of the mountain, and make a traverse up towards the summit. The summit pitch is stunningly steep and exposed, providing the climber with several thousand feet of exposure below their boot soles.
On the North Sister climbs, we allow our guides to choose the route based on weather and conditions. Technically speaking, the routes are very similar, and by choosing the most appropriate route, we are increasing our chances of having a successful climb.
We are able to schedule this program Mondays- Thursdays only!