After exploring North Sisters East Face on friday, Buell, Drew and I discussed possible objectives for the next day. The Diller Headwall was ruled out due to a gaping bergschrund, so we decided to head back to North Sister, and check out the "Afternoon Ridge".
With a North facing objective, we had a leisurely morning leaving the car at 7:30am. The afternoon ridge is the steep slope, just to the lookers right of the EMC.
Buell skinning up the NE bowl.
Drew opted out of the Afternoon ridge, and rode some chutes off the Villard Glacier. Shredder.
Booting up the Afternoon Ridge, we took our time as the slope was still well frozen. Reaching the top, we realized our north facing objective would not soften under the early May sunlight.
Our back up option was either the Early Morning Couloir, or the Villard Headwall. As the EMC had softened from receiving AM sunshine, we decided this would be our decent. The snow was a little softer than preferred but, with a little sluff management the snow rode well.
I soaked up the view one last time before dropping. Volcanoes of Santiam Pass.
After another fun run down the EMC we were hiking back to the car. North Sister delivers again!