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Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2016-09-17

Climber: Caleb Morris

Others in Party:Paul McClellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, September 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9673 ft / 2948 m

Ascent Trip Report

3rd time was the ticket. My first time up at the pinnacle since 2011, and wow the summit has changed a lot. It's gone from being a pinnacle climb to being more of a fin climb. In 2011 on the north side of the pinnacle was a narrow natural ladder that ended at a platform with a fair amount of pinnacle remaining above you. Now in that same place is a big wide staircase that takes you right to the top. That staircase appears to be a natural cleave in the rock that will send the whole shebang down one of these winters. Twin Peaks was loose in 2011, but now it feels more like a rotten honeycomb of rock just waiting to flake off at any moment. Along the top of the fin there were places where you could see open air through the rock beneath you, and that just doesn't elicit much comfort. Anyway, glad to have this done should the south pinnacle become the new summit at some point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5000 ft / 1524 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy
Incoming storms
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5000 ft / 1524 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Start Trailhead:4673 ft / 1424 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km



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