After having climbed Mount Jefferson already on the previous day I was beginning to doubt my ability to accomplish the task I had set out on. I had quickly driven to Bend, OR and caught one of the last open breweries for the day and then rushed myself over to the parking lot for South Sister. I had slept a meager 4 hours and even waking up was proving difficult. Though I knew in the back of my mind I had saved the easier peak for the second day. So of course in true mountain addict fashion I strapped on my boots, applied my backpack and put on the confident face that accompanies my mountaineering. The first several miles were tough. The route starts off going immediately up hill. On any average day I would have felt very little pain, but I could clearly feel Jefferson burning in my thighs. However, South Sister soon came into view and in what has become the usual for my climbing expeditions, all the pain I felt quickly melted away and was replaced with sheer desire for another incredible summit.
I must say that after the route finding that was required of me on Jefferson having a distinct trail all the way to the top was a welcomed relief. South Sister is steep and challenging in its own right but at least the way has been paved. There really isn’t much to say of the climb itself. There are some fantastic views on the way up. A sprinkling of wildlife and of course the standard mountain lakes that traditionally accompany glaciers.
Way To Friendly Wild Life Along The Trail Near Tear Drop Lake
Standing On The Summit With The Other Two Sisters
The summit itself was incredibly impressive. With such a perfectly clear day I was able to see all the way from Mount Shasta in California to Mt Adams and Mt Rainier in Washington. Looking at the spread of massive peaks that I have managed to climb in just the past few years brought actual tears to my eyes. I ended up sitting on the summit and staring blankly with a million thoughts running through my head for nearly an hour. It was only after the thought popped into my head that I still had several hours of driving to get through before my next destination that I was able to separate myself and head back down for the car.