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Ascent of South Twin on 2009-08-20

Climber: Jan Triska

Others in Party:Greg Strauch
Date:Thursday, August 20, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Twin
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7000 ft / 2133 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 2 of the Twin Sisters climbing trip. Sunny and clear all day, a vintage summer outing on a great ridge climb, via the West Ride (or rather a rib). My partner and I were forced to conclude that unlike the North Twin, this was not a straight-forward route (go read up in Matt Gunn's guide). The route traverses the ridge on several occassions before leaving the crest alltogether and coming up the slabs on the south side of the summit cone. We nearly abandoned the attempt after wandering into some difficult terrain and clearly off route (un-roped). Regained the route and finally topped out on the South Twin summit after 5 hrs 45 minutes from 'base camp' at Orsino Creek. 11 Hrs in total. Descent via the same ridge. Elevation gain from the camp was about 1100 m. This was an incredibly scenic, airy route - would recommend it to every advanced scrambler or to any mountaineer who wants a long, but not necessarily technical, day with a nice summit objective. Views of Mt. Baker and surrounding Sisters' Range.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3609 ft / 1100 m
    Trailhead:3391 ft / 1033 m
    Grade/Class:Grade 3 to 4 (diffic
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:5 Hours 10 Minutes
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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