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Stefan
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PostSun Feb 01, 2015 3:10 pm 
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Things went much better than I thought they would for this trip.  People making this happen:  Eric E., Greg K., Dave C., Lindsay M., Gabriel D., and Steph A.

Little Sister is the next peak southeast of South Twin.  We arrived at 7:00 at the Elbow Lake Trailhead.  To my surprise the annual wildlife gate at Wallace Creek was wide open.  This was awesome.  We left shortly and now the only way to get across the Mid Nooksack without getting your feet wet is a log crossing about 200 yards east of where the trail comes out to the river.  We shimied across it.  Followed the trail up until the first switchback.  To everyone's surprise there is a fishermans/climbers trail with flagging and blue diamond markers on trees to 2850 feet about where the outlet comes out of Wiseman Lake.  This was wonderful!  After that it was a brush bash at almost the same left until crossing Green Creek.  We crossed Green creek and I was surprised of NO snow in this rock valley.  Nada.  Lots of rock/boulder hopping until we got to the rock buttress near 3800 feet.  We accidently took the indirect scramble line up the rock buttress.   From here it was hard snow all the way to the 6240+ col southeast of Little Sister.  Crampon hard.  Not ice. Really hard.  Going up was great.  Not going down.  From here we did an ascent up to the col and then traversed to the south aspect of the peak.  The snow softened up quite a bit on this south facing slope and we headed up it.  Expect 3rd class.  This was awesome!  We did a double 60m rappel from near the top and another one down from the col.  The walkout was difficult for my knee as I was very conscientous and protective of it..add 30-45 minutes for my slowness!  We retraced out steps almost exactly and hitting the fishermans/climbers trail nearing the darkness at 5:30.  Out at 7:00p.m for a 12 hour day.  I had  a great time with no precipitation!!!!!


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PostSun Feb 01, 2015 3:18 pm 
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Cool.  I've admired the Twin Sisters from nearby Park Butte LO, many times, I really should get a closer look some time.
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PostSun Feb 01, 2015 4:00 pm 
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Ever since climbing North Twin I've dreamed about exploring around there but have never tried. I have a special interest because I'm a twin  winksmile.gif  And there are two little peaks at the end of the range...one is Nancy peak (that's ME!) and the other one is Barbara Peak (that's my TWIN!) Makes me smile when I think about it, even if I never get there. Thanks for sharing your cool report on this rarely visited place! up.gif

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PostSun Feb 01, 2015 8:34 pm 
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Cool story,  great map.  up.gif
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PostMon Feb 02, 2015 1:28 pm 
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glad it worked out well. those are some nice june conditions...

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PostMon Feb 02, 2015 1:53 pm 
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It was a great spot to visit.  Thanks for organizing the trip Stefan.

Lincoln, Colfax, Baker and Sherman
Lincoln, Colfax, Baker and Sherman
Dave below Little Sister
Dave below Little Sister
South Twin
South Twin
Stefan relaxing at the summit
Stefan relaxing at the summit
at the summit
at the summit
rappelling from the Little Sister/Cinderella col
rappelling from the Little Sister/Cinderella col

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PostMon Feb 02, 2015 1:57 pm 
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Here are some photos I took during our climb.

Headwaters of Green Creek drainage with southern Twin Sisters Range.
Headwaters of Green Creek drainage with southern Twin Sisters Range.
Our objective Little Sister on the far left.
Our objective Little Sister on the far left.
Left to right: Lincoln Peak. Colfax Peak and Mt. Baker.
Left to right: Lincoln Peak. Colfax Peak and Mt. Baker.
Stefan, Greg & Gabriel, with Lincoln, Colfax and Baker in background.
Stefan, Greg & Gabriel, with Lincoln, Colfax and Baker in background.
Eric E. on the approach to Little Sister.
Eric E. on the approach to Little Sister.
Gabriel scrambling the last section to the summit.
Gabriel scrambling the last section to the summit.
Lindsay topping out on the summit.
Lindsay topping out on the summit.
Stef joining the rest of the gang on top.
Stef joining the rest of the gang on top.
Eric E. poising in "Beast Mode" in front of South Twin Sister.
Eric E. poising in "Beast Mode" in front of South Twin Sister.
Greg K. scrambling the section to the summit.
Greg K. scrambling the section to the summit.
One of our group down climbing, after getting off their rappel.
One of our group down climbing, after getting off their rappel.
Stef rappelling from the col between Little Sister and Cinderella.
Stef rappelling from the col between Little Sister and Cinderella.
Stefan rapping from the col.
Stefan rapping from the col.
Lindsay enjoying her rappel.
Lindsay enjoying her rappel.
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PostMon Feb 02, 2015 2:52 pm 
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Thanks for the great day everyone. Here's some photos I took. 

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PostMon Feb 02, 2015 3:12 pm 
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Looks good, people.

Lincoln looks just about perfect.
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PostMon Feb 02, 2015 3:16 pm 
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Tom_Sjolseth wrote:
Looks good, people.

Lincoln looks just about perfect.

shhh...

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PostMon Feb 02, 2015 6:46 pm 
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Great report. Way to take advantage of the conditions.

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PostTue Feb 03, 2015 11:52 pm 
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StephAbegg wrote:

what's marshawn signalling here?
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ps - marshawn looks a lot different on tv!
pps -  you better take this picture down, it could get marshawn in trouble with the nfl and the seahawks, for going climbing the day before the super bowl...
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