Training on South Sister
June 3, 2019 - The mountain, South Sister, is a short drive from my home in Bend, Oregon.
I usually climb this mountain three or four times a year for conditioning and training. It is 5,000 feet of climbing and 12 miles round-trip. This time of year, however, it is much more difficult because it is a slow snow-slog to the summit and back.
When the trail is dry all the way to the summit in late-July, it takes me half the time. This effort took 6.25 hours up and 3.75 hours down. My record for up and down when the snow is gone is 4 hours and 45 minutes round-trip. A big difference when there's snow!