Ascent of Twin Towers on 2015-08-23

Climber: Joe Carroll

Others in Party:Johann Schelesnak -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 23, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Twin Towers
    Elevation:7644 ft / 2329 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Grant MacEwan we ridge walked till we got to the crux, we weren't sure which route to take down. The rock was steep and could not be descended easily, John went around and found another way down. This was one of my favorite part of the entire day, ended up free climbed our way down (about 10 M) to the lower part of the ridge John and I both agreed class 4 scrambling we stayed on the ridge and had to cross some knife edged ridges for once we had a non windy day this made it a breeze and a ton of fun. for the finial push we used the scree slope right before the West summit as our ascent and shortly after we were on top of Twin Tower West. We had lunch (also my first) We then continued to the East Tower which was only 15 minutes away. The view over Barrier Lake from this summit is amazing also I reminisced of my grade 11 hike by the lake and could see the look out from the towers that I hiked with my grade 11 PE class 9 years ago. after a quick break we descended the same way and climbed the same rock route as well. On to the last summit that we missed Heart Mountain
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2510 ft / 765 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1863 ft / 566 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
little wind, not too hot perfect weather
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2510 ft / 765 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1434 ft / 437 m; Extra: 1076 ft / 327m
    Loss on way in:1076 ft / 327 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Col between Grant MacEwan Peak & Twin Tower West
    Start Trailhead:Grant MacEwan Peak  6210 ft / 1892 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:787 ft / 239 m
    Route:Tower West
    End Trailhead:Twin Tower West  6857 ft / 2090 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Heart Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Twin Towers2015-08-232510 ft / 765 m
3Grant MacEwan Peak2015-08-237152 ft / 2180 m
3Heart Mountain2015-08-232576 ft / 785 m
Total Trip Gain: 12238 ft / 3730 m    Total Trip Loss: 1863 ft / 568 m

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