Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon - August 1994

The American Society of Plant Physiologists were meeting in Portland, Or in August, 1994, The timing of the meeting was a great opportunity to get together with old friends and go hiking in one of Oregon's most beautiful places, the Three Sisters Wilderness. Brian, Ted, Rod (a friend of Ted's), and myself met one night during the meeting to plan out the hike. We decided to rendezvous at the campground at Scott Lake (the blue X on the topo map). The next day, Brian and I met up with Jim at the airport in Portland and drove to the campground to meet up with Ted and Will (a friend of Brian's). Malcolm, a friend of mine, also was attending. After a night of heavy drinking and partying, we started on the hike from Frog Lake, some moving a tad slower than others. At the time we went, Frog Lake had been closed to camping, and was being used for parking only.

It was a fairly short hike up to Base Camp Obsidian (Will only accompanied us for a ways after exiting the lava bed). This base camp had a primo location, located on the edge of a cliff which allowed viewing to the north of Three Finger Jack Mt Washington, and Mt Jefferson. I thought at times I could even see Mt Hood, The day after arriving, Ted and Brian struck out to climb the Middle Sister, while Jim and I went on a trip of epic proportions to Eileen Lake. We met up at the base camp and rested. The next day, we took a short day hike (in black) to explore the surroundings. That night, Bruce and Toshi (friends of Brian) and we made several offerings to Spud (a story in itself). We observed the miraculous "turning of the blue". The next day we hiked out (blue) and visited a hot springs located off the Mackenzie River. Man, after all those days, it was nice to get into hot water and relax, with a slight sulfurous tinge...

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Brian on Renfrew Glacier (tj)

Ted on the summit of Middle Sister ("Hope") (tj)

Ted dancing for joy on top of the Middle Sister (tj)

The Obsidian Monolith at Base Camp Obsidian (tj)

Jim observing the monolith

A nice view off the cliff at our campsite

Another nice view from our campsite

View down cliff to valley below

Cool moss on tree at Base camp Obsidian (tj)

Lake Eileen, with Middle and South Sister in the background

Our intrepid hikers resting at Base Camp Obsidian

Jim and Brian with Middle Sister in background (tj)

Hiking out on the lava beds (Bob front, Brian back; (tj)