FKT: Steven "Aria Zoner" Thompson - South Sister Summit and Circumnavigation (OR) - 2021-10-03

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Standard route
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Total time
11h 17m 6s
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For this solo effort, I carried everything I needed for the circumnavigation to the summit and everything I needed for the summit around the mountain. Although the GPS track for this route shows it starting at the crossing of Cascade Lakes Hwy, I started at the trailhead where the summit trail actually starts. This added 0.1m each way but kept me from having to park on the shoulder of the highway and leaving my car exposed. The weather was perfect and the views crisp. Fresh snow covered the area between South and Middle Sister and for an hour I was traveling on snow. Water sources were excellent and every few miles I was able to refill from creeks. I avoided gathering water from any of the lakes. I saw backpackers on every segment and 1 runner during the snow. With such heavy traffic compared to what I'm used to, there were no issues route finding or complaints of trail conditions. Thanks to soft and relatively debris-free trails I was able to run more than usual. I had timed my pace for 12 hours all day but pushed the final miles to beat the sunset and my expectations. All in all, this was a great day of climbing and running on a fabulous route.