Ascent of Southwest Twin on 2017-08-23

Climber: David Darby

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Southwest Twin
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4357 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

Preface: This was my 3rd attempt at SW twin. First attempt I arrived way too late at the bushwhack start from the twinway, so I never even tried it. Second attempt was a winter attempt. I bushwhacked for 45+ mins and never made it more than ~200 yds from the twinway. So, this time I did a bunch of research. I read other trip reports and looked at satellite images. In the past when I've hit thick tree, I put my head down and barreled through, or went north. All trip reports hinted at more open woods south of the expected route. So, that's what I did and it worked.

I did this as a day trip coming in over North and South Twin, down the twinway and then 50 mins to bushwhack out, 45 mins to bushwhack back. Minimal thick stuff. Here's the details:

Parked at the end of haystack rd at the trail head parking lot for North Twin/Hale.

7:40 - Departed from trail head parking lot
9:35 - North Twin summit, quick pics and continued on.
10:03 - South Twin summit, headed south on Twinway, You can easily see SW twin and the ridge from here.
10:33 - Arrived at bushwhack point. There are 4 wooden plank bridges over mud. Head in by the last 2.
10:40 - After re-reading the maps, verifying my location, getting my bearings I took a deep breath and headed in. Travel SW from here. Do not get sucked up to the right toward the ridge. Stay low and on the bearing. I hit the saddle in the ridge and this was my first thick pines. I surfed over stuff, crawled under things and fought my way through - about 5 mins.
11:30 - SW Twin summit. 50 mins - not bad at all. I sat down and ate and signed the log book. I was the 2nd person to sign this year I think.
11:40 - Departed SW twin and mostly retraced my approach using my GPS. At the saddle in the ridge, I zagged North and completely avoided all the thick stuff this time. Much easier.
12:16 - Back on the twinway. 46 mins back out - very happy. Headed back toward South Twin, but stopped for 10 mins to chat with a couple through hikers.
12:54 - South Twin summit. Stopped for 5 mins to check my work E-mail (this was thursday) and eat a little more.
13:30 - North Twin summit & lookout. Took some pics.
14:21 - Back down to the "little river" crossing.
14:51 - Back to the trail head parking lot. Done.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Total Elevation Loss:695 ft / 211 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Loss on way in:695 ft / 211 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Twinway + Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:South Twin  4902 ft / 1494 m
    Time:1 Hours 27 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: 2017-08-23 - SW Twin (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Twin2017-08-232907 ft / 886 m
2South Twin2017-08-23458 ft / 140 m
3Southwest Twin2017-08-23150 ft / 46 m
4South Twin2017-08-23725 ft / 221 m
5North Twin2017-08-23310 ft / 94 m
Total Trip Gain: 4550 ft / 1387 m    Total Trip Loss: 4510 ft / 1375 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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