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Ascent of North Twin on 2009-08-19

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Greg Strauch
Date:Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Twin
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6640 ft / 2023 m

Ascent Trip Report

Went up the West Ridge on a fine summer day, as the first part of a multi-day scrambling trip to the Twin Sisters Range. Easy access through logging roads and then up a forested ridge. The actual scrambling part begins at roughly 1550 m elevation. The ridge offered some very high quality scrambling, often on the crest of it - great views, occassional exposure. It was necessary to get into a couple of gullies and also to traverse to the left side of the ridge just below the summit block. This is a challenging scramble but a straight-forward route in terms of route finding; there are even some cairns en rout up. Descended via the north slopes - a bit tricky due to rockfall and slippery scree slopes.
- At a 8.5 hrs return trip to our base camp, this was a shorter an less demanding day than the succesive day on the South Twin. In both cases, the quality of the rock is excellent - very grippy, you can make moves that you couldn't get away with on chossy Rockies shale or weathered limestone.
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The SE ridge of the North Twin can be seen here. Picture taken from an approach trail, on the ridge start, at about 1400 m altitude.(August 2009) (2009-08-19). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5768 ft / 1758 m
    Elevation Loss:5768 ft / 1758 m
    Grade/Class:Grade 3 to 4 (diffic
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:clear, sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5768 ft / 1758 m
    Route:West Ridge
    Trailhead:Orsino Creek base camp  872 ft / 265 m
    Time Up:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5768 ft / 1758 m
    Trailhead:872 ft / 265 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Twin Sisters climbing trip (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1North Twin2009-08-19
2South Twin2009-08-20



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