Ascent of North Twin on 2020-07-19

Climber: Jaime McCandless

Others in Party:Jason Curtis -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, July 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Twin
    Elevation:6640 ft / 2023 m

Ascent Trip Report

We strayed far to the south of the ridge at one point and ended up scrambling up a pretty steep gully. We definitely did some low 5th class moves. It's possible that staying on the ridge would have been better. We had been contouring around, following some nice cairns, and when the cairns ended we continued following a faint path that seemed to keep contouring. In hindsight I think perhaps we should have quested back up to the ridge at that point instead.

We descended via the snow on the north face. We had to scramble down some loose rock and dirt until we were able to reach the snow moat. From there, Jason kicked some really great steps about 30 feet down (he was in boots while I was only in approach shoes) until it got a little less steep, and then we were able to ice ax arrest / glissade down the snow. I think that snow will stay in for at least another few weeks if not longer.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ice Axe
Ascent Statistics
    Route:West Ridge
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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