The Three Sisters Wilderness is a wilderness area in the Cascade Range comprising over 286,000 acres, named for the Three Sisters Mountains known individually as South Sister (aka Charity, or Big Sister), Middle Sister (aka Hope, or Little Sister), and North Sister (aka Faith, or Ugly Sister).
On a recent vacation to Bend, Oregon I had an opportunity to spend a night in the wilderness and get in some alpine climbing on the slopes of 10,053-foot Middle Sister. According the guidebook, this stratovolcano has an undeserved reputation for being an easy, if not dull mountain normally reserved as part of a Three Sisters Marathon. After making the ascent of its Southeast Ridge via the Diller Glacier, I can attest that this delightful mountain is anything but dull.
The angle of ascent is steeper than photos reveal, and the absence of any reliable handholds at these dizzying heights really contributes to the feeling of exposure.
Of course, numerous other photographic opportunities presented themselves during my overnight stay, with great weather and perfect skies over South Sister making for an evening sunset, a midnight star showing, and a morning sunrise to remember!