Peak 31/107 in the pursuit to climb everything visible from the deck was a success.
I invited my friend Brian to join me and he brought his son Noah.
My biggest concern with doing Middle Sister had to do with sorting out the trailhead and how badly the
creekbed was still damaged from the floods in 2013. The trailhead turns out to be best used at the end of
the Three Sisters Village and then hiking in on the golf course road until getting to a chained gate,
and then you're into Stewart Creek. Here Brian shows us classically off-route exploring a waterfall.
If you keep your eyes open you'll always find a PATH that allows you avoid stuff like this and avoid
falling into the creek (nice one Paul).
Brian's son Noah joined us and here he is making his way up an old dam where the rebar is visibly
busted up, likely from the floods of 2013.
As we climbed out of the perpetual creekbed, we got up into the alpine with some nice views to the Middle
Sister to our right, and the Orphan and Rimwall to the left and above us. Here we actually found a trail to
allow us to avoid the waterfall this time.
Brian making his way across the scree mess to come join us at the trail.
I was surprised to find this much snow at 2100m in the creek bed. I took the opportunity to take out
my rubber strap-on crampons. Yes, that's right - I pulled out the rubber strap-ons for this day.
Brian coming up the snowfield with Little Sister visible above him.
And looking back into the Bow Corridor and Grotto Mountain behind him.
Better view prior to dropping back into the snow field.
Panoramic of Brian in the scree fields at the turn.
This is bunchberry or dwarf dogwood found as we were making our way to the car.
Garmin data is HERE . Note the distance is wrong since the steep walls wrecked some of the GPS track.
Of note is the almost 1500m of elevation, 3200 cals (using chest strap), and inside 8 hour time frame. Good to start early for stuff like this
as later that evening we had funnel clouds and crazy thunderstorms.
Google Earth view of the route.