Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2015-06-24

Climber: John Sarna

Others in Party:Oscar Balaguer
Date:Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Elevation:8878 ft / 2706 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took caffine tablets to avoid altitude sickness on this climb, having been near sea level for the past couple years. We climbed the west peak first, since Oscar said the peak to the right of the saddle we were on seemed lower. Oscar said this first summit block was close to class 4, but I think exposed class 3 is a better assessment--worst was a 10' span with exposure on a large boulder, but the holds were quite solid and usable. We met a dozen or so people attempting the full PCT. As we reached the West Summit, we saw another party climbing up the East Peak, a family with kids, coming from Alpine Meadows. We found an easier but longer way down the opposite side and around and followed them to the top, finding this East Peak a bit easier than the West Peak, although still Class 3. I was too exhausted from the elevation to take many photos until was were on the final downhill. We started at 11:30 am and got out at dusk about 8:30 pm, and it was much nicer traveling then than at mid-day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:210 ft / 64 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2500 ft / 761 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Grade/Class:Gr. 3
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:210 ft / 64 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 10 ft / 4 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:along the PCT from Barker Pass
    Start Trailhead:Twin Peaks West Peak  8868 ft / 2702 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2300 ft / 701 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:along the PCT from Barker Pass
    End Trailhead:Barker Pass  6578 ft / 2004 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Twin Peaks (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Twin Peaks - West Summit2015-06-242300 ft / 701 m
2Twin Peaks2015-06-24210 ft / 64 m
Total Trip Gain: 2510 ft / 765 m    Total Trip Loss: 2500 ft / 762 m

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