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  1. #1
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    Volcano Raid Round 2: part 4 North Sister

    June 26th

    Jon was kind enough to drop me off near Santium Pass on his way back to Seattle where I stayed the night at the Detroit lake campground waiting for Ari (TGR) and Buell (splitboard.com) to meet up with me later in the day. After both of them arrived we decided to tackle the North Sister in 3 sisters wilderness. We drove to the pole creek trailhead and camped for the night preparing for an early morning start to avoid potential rock fall. We woke up around 4:00 and were bushwhacking through the forest by 4:30 heading in a straight path to the North Sister.



    After around two hours of bushwhacking we found ourselves on the lower slopes of the Villard headwall with the early morning colouir right in front of us. We decided that we would climb up the NE ridge and assess conditions along the way with hopes of hitting up the colouir. We cramponed up the steep firm slopes until reaching the exposed snowless ridge were we took our crampons off for the exposed 4th class rotten rock making sure that every hand hold was solid. After some more scrambling across the North face we found ourselves 100 feet below the true summit with a ramp extending into the colouir.

    Arriving to the base of the Villard Headwall

    Cramponing up the steep face

    Buell up higher

    Gaining the ridge with the northern Oregon Volcano’s in the distance

    Some more rock scrambling


    After some up climbing we were able to find a flat spot to strap our boards on. To reach the colouir we had to traverse a 50 degree exposed slope for 40 feet to a ridge that separated the Villard face. The chute itself was steep and committing with no room for mistakes as a runnel ran down the gut 2000 vertical feet with 6 foot walls and cliff bands along the way. The snow had softened up quite a bit making it quite edgeable the whole way down.

    Traversing the exposed face to access the early morning colouir

    Looking down the chute

    I dropped in first



    After riding down to the end of the continuous snow we bushwhacked 3 miles back to the Pole Creek trailhead where we packed up our gear and got back on the road.

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    Last edited by Kyle Miller; 06-30-2009 at 12:43 PM.
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    thats super sick

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    Looks steeeep. Sick stuff Kyle.

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    nice tick

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