Adding a stone to a cairn
The North Sister- the trail beckons
Picture postcard country
a long winding trail up to the top
of the Opie Dilldock Pass. (6880 feet)
A moment of concern set
in as I peeked over the edge behind me and saw
that the trail was rough,
steep, sloping ,narrow, crumbly and zigzagged
all the way for several
hundred feet to the bottom.
a long ways down but
nothing for it but to
carefully put one foot in front of the other and keep on going.
And so to bed. I hope bears
don't show up.
Wherever possible Mike made
every ounce of carried weight do double duty.
The shelter is two rain
ponchos snapped together and the tent poles are two hiking sticks.
am. Just as we had packed up and were ready to set back out on
sounds like an
enormous crashing and rolling of thunder caused us to look up at the
mountain and discover
that a huge chunk of the South Sister had sheared off
and had come
crashing down into
what appears to be a moraine lake.
From the dislocation a great
plume of dust was created.
Hanging moss covered trees
Camp cook Mike.
tiny stove that Mike uses to boil water to add to
dry ingredients to
make very good hot meals is a winner.
Covey of blue grouse
cliff face on the right is the end of a huge obsidian flow
Pack horse Mike
light. Some times
the going gets rough
east face of the North Sister
the home stretch to the Pole Creek Trail Head
Creek Trail Head where we
began our hike and 53 miles later
completed the circuit of The Three Sisters.
From the right: The North Sister, The
Middle Sister and the South Sister.
: Faith, Hope and Charity. All three are above 10,000 feet high.