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Ascent of Twin Sisters Mountain on 2016-07-12

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Sisters Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:11376 ft / 3467 m

Ascent Trip Report

while i was here for the P2k (twin sister east), the so-called "twin sisters mountain", or "south sister" (as called on summitpost) is the more fun challenge. after making my way to the top of the P2k i surveyed the approach to south sister and decided that sticking to the west of the ridges was probably the best. the route-finding is straight-forward, and the rock scrambling is easy class 3.

for return i didn't feel like re-climbing twin sister. i didn't like the look of the route to the west of the peaks, it looked like steep slippery sand. instead i figured i'd take a try at the forested slope to the east, with a more gentle slope should i have to bail and climb up the mountain again. the bushwhacking was pretty mild, a bit of deadfall to avoid, and i managed to get pine sap on my hand so i must have touched a branch at some point. the forest ends when you reach the NE face of twin sisters, and then it's back to rock scrambling until you rejoin the main trail. i doubt i saved any time, or all that much effort, compared to re-climbing the summit, but it was my kind of fun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:636 ft / 193 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2932 ft / 892 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:336 ft / 102 m
    Loss on way in:364 ft / 110 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.9 km
    Start Trailhead:11404 ft / 3475 m
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2568 ft / 782 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2268 ft / 691 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    End Trailhead:9108 ft / 2776 m
    Time:2 Hours 49 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: twin sisters (longs peak quad)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Twin Sisters Peak-West Peak2016-07-12 a2360 ft / 719 m
2Twin Sisters Peaks2016-07-12 b201 ft / 61 m
3Twin Sisters Mountain2016-07-12 c636 ft / 194 m
Total Trip Gain: 3197 ft / 974 m    Total Trip Loss: 3078 ft / 938 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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