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Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2016-08-02

Climber: Christopher Wessels

Others in Party:Alexander Wessels (Stayed behind)
Eric Deuck (Stayed behind)
Date:Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12323 ft / 3756 m

Ascent Trip Report

On backcountry trip with Eric Deuck and Alexander Wessels. Nice scramble from Twin Peaks Pass, with decent exposure. Longer hike than expected. You can keep the difficulty at class 3 (instead of class 2) for most of the way to the summit plateau by staying high on the ridge instead of dropping down to the east; many of the gendarmes/pinnacles can be surmounted directly. It's pretty loose in some places, but not too terrible compared to other climbs I've done (nearby Virginia Peak was much worse in this regard; the chutes on the west face of Twin Peaks are also looser than the rock on this ridge). The summit plateau was long and I had a hard time finding the highest point on it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4283 ft / 1305 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4283 ft / 1305 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4283 ft / 1305 m
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Green Lake  8040 ft / 2450 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4283 ft / 1305 m
    End Trailhead:Green Lake  8040 ft / 2450 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Alexander and Eric (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Twin Peaks2016-08-024283 ft / 1305 m
2Virginia Peak2016-08-03801 ft / 244 m
Total Trip Gain: 5084 ft / 1549 m    Total Trip Loss: 5084 ft / 1549 m



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