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Ascent of Twining Peak on 2018-08-17

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twining Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13711 ft / 4179 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left at 4:00 PM and climbed the first peak with about 200 feet of prominence first and then down to the saddle and up this 1000 ft plus prominence peak. The first peak took about 45 minutes and it was 1 hour and 19 minutes for the second peak in total elapsed time (Twinning) and that was about 2.5 miles total. I used the route on Summit Post to go up and found my own open country decent on the way back. I was down quickly in 55 minutes and covered another meandering 2.5 miles. I used the backside of the peak on the way down directly from the saddle. This was a beautiful way down with lots of meandering features and rocks and the backcountry all to myself. I was not able to see the road until I swung all the way back and around. I was rushing to make sure I did not get hit by lightening from late afternoon storms but it worked out fine. Down before sunset and back to the cabin.

After doing the 14ers Castle and Conundrum first, this was the cherry on top to a long peakbagging day with many summits!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:696 ft / 211 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1786 ft / 544 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:561 ft / 170 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 541 ft / 165 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Ridge trail
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  13170 ft / 4014 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1766 ft / 538 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1631 ft / 498 m; Extra: 135 ft / 41m
    Gain on way out:135 ft / 41 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Open Country Route finding
    End Trailhead:Independence Pass  12080 ft / 3681 m
Ascent Part of Trip: CO-BigDay

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Castle Peak2018-08-17 a3385 ft / 1032 m
3Conundrum Peak2018-08-17 c275 ft / 84 m
4pt 135002018-08-17 d1440 ft / 439 m
5Twining Peak2018-08-17 e696 ft / 212 m
Total Trip Gain: 5796 ft / 1767 m    Total Trip Loss: 5796 ft / 1767 m



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