Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2010-07-30

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Friday, July 30, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Elevation:9673 ft / 2948 m

Ascent Trip Report

The rock on the summit has correctly been reported as extremely loose. We knocked a bunch of would-be handholds over the edge, and even removed some loose stuff that would otherwise have threatened to rain down on us while rappelling. Happily the route is not diffult other than the rock looseness, with the toughest move reputedly 5.2, although I don't know how to rate rock moves. The tiny summit would not have accommodated more than the two of us. We believed that this was the last technical rock peak remaining for us in the Oregon 100 most prominent list, and indeed we were correct as we completed that list together in 2013 on Elkhorn Peak, not far south of Twin Peaks.

Dennis on the summit.

There was a sling around the big slabby rock under the summit register, and a lip on the mountain that held the slab in place when rappelling.

Dennis used this photo as his Facebook profile picture until his account was closed. His family used it as a one of the themes at his memorial service and for the Strollin' for Poulin t-shirt they wore for an ALS fund-raising event and sold for mementos. I treasure one of those t-shirts, as does my friend Ken Russell, who is wearing it in a photo on this page.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4633 ft / 1412 m
    Trailhead:Hurricane Creek Trailhead  5040 ft / 1536 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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