Monday, July 2, 2012

Tre-c Becomes a 53er on North Sister

Tre-c became the fourth 53er on July 1, 2012. She received her plaque at the summit of North Sister among 20 other hikers. For her final card (Queen of Hearts) all 52ers must climb both the South and North Sister to earn the card.

The route is in great shape. In fact, there's a path almost all the way to the final climb to the South Sister. I remember this route in the nineties. There was hardly any path. The old route would backtrack off of the South Sister. The new route (founded by Ed Forkos - I think) continues north on the ridge of the South Sister to an easy class 3 down climb. It then meets up with the standard route.

It was always tricky to find the final down climb off of the South Sister. Now it's very well cairned and easy to find. The route over to the North Sister is easy to follow via a path and cairns. This is one of the best hikes in Mt. Charleston in my opinion.

Here's video of Tre-c receiving her plaque: