Ascent of South Twin on 1995-05-07

Climber: Brian Friedrich

Others in Party:Greg Bernard
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 7, 1995
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:South Twin
    Elevation:6562 ft / 2000 m

Ascent Trip Report

Were supposed to have 2 mtn bikes but unable to reach a friend to borrow hers and thus we only used mine; my pack was filled to brim and then I rode/pushed to the end of logging rds on S Twin's W Ridge; we made way across snow and through open forest to snow slopes coming off proper W ridge; mixed travel along the narrow and fairly exposed ridge was terrific; scrambling to notch below summit pyramid along snow-plastered ridge making it more challenging than it otherwise would be; this took a long time and we decided to return home as climbing on summit was expected to be 2 pitches to moderate class 5 with an unknown descent down the S side; roped up already for 2-3 pitches along ridge where our last pitch of the day was a III-, 5.4 mixed section (I remember harsh exposure over N side, lousy pro, and no axe); we got down in fading daylight using the 1 bike as a 'cart' for the packs; no summit but a tremendous alpine outing for sure
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3281 ft / 1000 m
    Route:W Ridge
    Trailhead:3281 ft / 1000 m
    Grade/Class:Grade III-, Class 5.
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Rope
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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