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Old Crater Route 

YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 3000'
Original:  YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a [details]
FA: Judge John Waldo, Adolph Dekum, and Edward Humason, September 12, 1883
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Submitted By: Dylan Colon on Oct 10, 2015

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The route follows the prominent ridge line above G...

Description 

This route climbs the southeast ridge of South Sister between Lewis and Prouty glaciers, beginning near Green Lakes. For the great majority of its length, it is either an easy scree slog or snow climb. Near the top there are some scrambling sections, most notably a cliffband which is either a sketchy 4th class downclimb or a very short rappel. From there, more loose scrambling past Hodge Crest (pointy east summit) leads to the crater and the true summit.

I generally wouldn't recommend this route as it is essentially similar to the south side route but without a trail and with endless annoying scree down low and unpleasant scrambling up high.

First recorded ascent information from Jeff Thomas's excellent book Oregon High.

Location 

Hike to Green Lakes from the Green Lakes Trailhead. Find a way to cross Fall Creek (outlet of Green Lakes) and gain the route.

Protection 

Maybe a sling if you decide to rap the small cliffband

Description 

This route climbs the southeast ridge of South Sister between Lewis and Prouty glaciers, beginning near Green Lakes. For the great majority of its length, it is either an easy scree slog or snow climb. Near the top there are some scrambling sections, most notably a cliffband which is either a sketchy 4th class downclimb or a very short rappel. From there, more loose scrambling past Hodge Crest (pointy east summit) leads to the crater and the true summit.

Location 

Hike to Green Lakes from the Green Lakes Trailhead. Find a way to cross Fall Creek (outlet of Green Lakes) and gain the route.

Protection 

Maybe a sling if you decide to rap the small cliffband


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Rock Climbing Photo: The route in profile from the south side with the ...
The route in profile from the south side with the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The section of 4th class down climbing. This is al...
BETA PHOTO: The section of 4th class down climbing. This is al...
Rock Climbing Photo: Endless scree
Endless scree

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