Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2019-10-05

Climber: Ayelet Bitton

Others in Party:AJ Kaufmann
Leo Franchi
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Elevation:12323 ft / 3756 m

Ascent Trip Report

6:30am start, already very light out -- didn't need headlamps from the start! Headed out towards Virginia Pass. Took a wrong turn at the first trail junction. Realized after at least a half mile. Instead of turning back (which probably would have been fastest), traversed around the lake with some talus hopping, etc. Some snow from the recent storm was surprisingly holding (though never deeper than an inch). Lots of ice over the creek coming down. Headed up and over Virginia Pass (losing the trail in many spots), and then we split with AJ who went to tag Virginia. We hoped he'd be fast (I was feeling both out of shape and just tired) and that he could catch us on top of Twin. We followed Mihai's track up a talus canyon. It was pretty decent for talus, but just got old by the end. The 200 ft decent between the east and west peaks was very sad. A gorgeous day on the summit. We spent an hour hanging out and were about to leave when we saw AJ approaching. We spent a few more minutes catching up before starting to head down all together. We took a route I hadn't seen any beta on that AJ had scoped from Google Earth. We were hoping to encounter sand slopes but instead found tons of tedious/very loose talus. It felt a bit like it was going on forever, until we finally made it to West Lake. Then cruiser from there on out back to the trailhead. About 12h16m car to car (no speed records here!). A gorgeous, fall day.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ayelet Bitton
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