Finally got around to dloading images off my Note 8 from our South Sister climb - July 21/22
All images are hyperlinked - you can click and expand for full view.
Coming into Lake Moraine, where we camped
On the bank of the lake
South Sister summit from Lake Moraine Meadow
Starting Ascent, can see some old Lava Flow
Little higher, Lake Moraine is that small body of water left of center
Little more elevated. Mt Bachelor (popular ski area) is the Mt left in view.
Higher up yet. Small green glacier lake is Teardrop lake. Popular rest area.
The red cinder rock makes this last bit of the hike very slow going. Rocks get into the shoes.
Each step up results in half a step slide back. Much like hiking up a sand dune.
South Sister Summit. A very large glacier resides relatively flat on the summit.
This day thousands of small butterflies fluttered about. Most likely part of mating games.
You can catch a glimpse of some of these in the picture along with humanoids traversing the glacier
from the entrance to the summit across the field of view.
Looking Northwest from the summit. You can see the middle and north sisters (thus Three Sisters).
3 finger jack can be seen as well as Mt Jefferson a little further. Followed by Mt. Hood. While its hard
to make out in the picture, even Mt. Adams was visible to my naked eye, as I'm blessed with 20/10 vision.
At the summit I waited around for around an hour for my hiking companions to show, but they never did.
So I walked back to the summit entrance. After a few text msgs (yeah I had 3 full bars way up here at 11k feet).
I gathered that they had run out of water. I encouraged them to summit as there was this small glacier pool that
we could filter water from. About 15 minutes later they arrived. We filled up our water packs, ate some grub,
chilled for about a half hour and then descended back to camp where we collapsed the tents and packed out.
One last look at Lake Moraine and the trail back down to the car.