Sisters Ridge

(5 routes)

The Sisters area is a complex section of the mountain. Leading south from the summit is the upper portion of the Sisters Ridge, which spills into two subsidiary ribs further down. One of these, the steeper of the two, leads due west and ultimately merges with the West Face, the other leads directly down to the top of the Okahu Gorge. Both provide fine introductions to the traverse of the upper ice towers. South again, and separated from the Sisters Ridge by an easy snow gully (the Sisters Gully) lies an isolated block, which contains one short route, Noteworthy more for the exotic ice formations found on the first ascent, than for any particularly distinctive line.

Face (Alpine)
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Sisters Direct WI4
Ascend the west facing rib directly over one short bulge. Conditions are often poor.
Seven Sisters WI3
Follow the rib from the top of the Okahu as directly as you can over each of the Sister. Difficulties are generally escapable on the Okahu side.
Sisters Chimney WI3
The chimney between the two ribs has been climbed on at least one occasion in winter, solo by the inimitable
Harry Gaastral.
Jeff Who? WI4
The steep wall overlooking the Sisters Gully is slit by a steep chimney groove, which on the occasion of the first ascent was covered in beautiful feathery ice formations, which forms the line of the following short route.
Iain Young (solo), Oct. 1996.
Lion Rampant WI4
Down and right of the last route is a short groove leading to an obvious ramp cutting right to left across the wall. Once established on the left edge of the buttress, from there break through the icicles to finish.
Iain Young, Alec Heilbron, July 1997.