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Ascent of Twin Sisters Peak-West Peak on 2017-10-01

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang; Brinson
Date:Sunday, October 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Twin Sisters Peak-West Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:11413 ft / 3478 m

Ascent Trip Report

Then we returned the same way down to the open saddle and bushwhacked up through the pines until we could find a break in the class 5 rock of the Twin Sister Peak and found a long run of standard class 3 all the way back up to the summit of Twin Sister Peak. This time we had great views. We then scrambled back down to the windy saddle and I looked at doing the shorter twin sister peak over by the hut.After completing the true HP peak and the southern sister peak, we came back to the main saddle where the winds were still blowing very strong with gusts around 65 mph. HC and Brinson, hunkered down by the the shelter building from the wind and I ran up the second twin sister peak to make sure I had definitely touched all the peak tops.

By now the snow and graupel had mostly melted away and it was easier to get back down the main trail. Now that the cold wind and graupel had died back others were coming up the trail to the saddle. We had the entire mountain to ourselves all day but now later in the afternoon some folks were coming up. On the way down, we found a number of pinnacle rock formations along the trail and found some good Class 3 rock to climb up. We treated ourselves to some fun scrambles before returning back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:593 ft / 179 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2603 ft / 793 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:403 ft / 122 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:herd trail up to old tower
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  11010 ft / 3355 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2603 ft / 793 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2413 ft / 735 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Gain on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Twin Peaks Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  9000 ft / 2743 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Twin Sisters

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Twin Sisters Peaks2017-10-01 a2478 ft / 755 m
2Twin Sisters Mountain2017-10-01 b436 ft / 133 m
3Twin Sisters Peak-West Peak2017-10-01 c593 ft / 181 m
Total Trip Gain: 3507 ft / 1069 m    Total Trip Loss: 3507 ft / 1069 m



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