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North Twin Sister Scrambling

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: North Twin Sister Scrambling

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 11, 2006

Activities: Scrambling

Season: Spring


Page By: MountaingirlBC

Created/Edited: Jun 14, 2006 / Jul 20, 2006

Object ID: 200394

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Page Score: 84.82%  - 19 Votes 

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I'd heard of the great scrambling to be had on this mountain but had always been scared off by the approach. You see, I'm just lazy and have a short attention span so pushing a mountain bike up 3000 vertical feet along about 13km of logging road which ranges from extremely well graded to not much more than a narrow trail through slide alder has never been my idea of a good time. I was won over however by the promise of sensational scrambling and a good time with 13 of my closest friends.

The approach with the bikes was indeed as hateful as I expected but we made good time and were very happy to leave them behind after about 2.5 hours of grunt work. We had a few views along the way that helped to keep me moving in a forward direction.

After a bite to eat and stashing the bikes, we began the short hike up through a scraggly forested section to the West Ridge.

And then the fun began! This ridge goes on forever and lived up to my greatest expectations. The rock is so sticky I don't think you could fall off it if you tried but bring gloves because it will shred your hands. Apparently it is made up of Dunite which is interesting (to me anyway... i like rocks) because of it's ultramafic composition and unusual origins. If you don't care about rocks... all you need to know is that it is AWESOME for climbing on!

Scrambling the W Ridge of the N Twin Sister

The exposure is minimal (I should preface this by saying that I seem to have a high tolerance for exposure) so I was absolutely giddy as I found that I could choose more challenging lines without fear of certain death or holds coming off in my hands. The official route is class 3/4 but you can easily up the ante a bit. A few people in our group were more comfortable using the rope in a few sections but generally it's just a scramble.

Scrambling the W Ridge of the N Twin Sister

There's a beautiful pinnacle of rock about 2/3 of the way along the ridge. It's a great place for a photo if you don't have a fear of heights. Even without a fear of heights I was shaking like a leaf every time I tried to look away from my feet.

Pinnacle on the N Twin Sister W Ridge

Standing atop the Pinnacle on the N Twin Sister

The summit is a jagged, uncomfortable place to sit and there was definitely nowhere to do a cartwheel. There was a thunderstorm moving in quickly so after snapping a few pics we were on our way down the North Face.

Summit of the N Twin Sister

The North Face is steep! It was snow covered when we were there but I was having a bit of trouble gathering up the courage to just plunk my ass down and go for it. Fortunately this problem was solved when I slipped. Rather than self arresting I decided to just go with it and see what happens and BOY am I glad I did. That was SO much fun! Unfortunately we were glissading into a white out so we had to cut our fun short and get on with some serious route finding.

Racing the Thunderstorm down the Mountain

We managed to find our way back to the bikes without incident. Descending 3000ft on a mountain bike is about as much fun as you can have with your pants on. I tried to block out the images of what would happen if I fell and was mostly successful. One of the guys on the trip clocked himself doing 70km/hr according to his GPS. When I described this part of the trip to my son he started laughing at me and said "Mom you just sounded like you're 16 years old." I plead guilty to giggling like a little girl most of the way down and deliberately riding through the puddles :)

That's all folks... now go do it! More pics HERE.


Some Poser on the SummitStanding atop the Pinnacle on the N Twin SisterScrambling the W Ridge of the N Twin SisterPinnacle on the N Twin Sister W RidgeFlirting with the Clounds on the W Ridge of the N Twin SisterScrambling the W Ridge of the N Twin SisterScrambling the W Ridge of the N Twin Sister
South Twin from the North TwinSummit of the N Twin SisterScrambling the W Ridge of the N Twin SisterScrambling the W Ridge of the N Twin SisterNorth Twin West RidgeRacing the Thunderstorm down the Mountain


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Scott WesemannNo summit cartwheel?

Scott Wesemann

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You wuss!
Posted Jun 14, 2006 6:01 pm

MountaingirlBCRe: No summit cartwheel?


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after you!
Posted Jun 15, 2006 12:32 am

Foxy Long BottomsHappy Fathers Day!

Foxy Long Bottoms

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Is that how you spent fathers day? If so, looks like it was a happy one! Nice TR and pics as always.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 2:07 pm

MountaingirlBCRe: Happy Fathers Day!


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Actually that was the weekend before. I spent Father's day doing a 5.14 route in my atmospheric geography textbook preparing for my midterm ;) Thx!
Posted Jun 20, 2006 3:22 pm

Peak FreakAwesome!!!

Peak Freak

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Bummer I had an event that weekend. Let me know next time you go & I'm in!!!

Posted Jun 21, 2006 12:27 am

Charlesnice day out


Voted 10/10



Posted Jun 22, 2006 12:05 pm

Scott DusekWell Done

Scott Dusek

Voted 10/10

Nice trip and nice report, thanks for adding it to the Twin Sisters Range page.

Posted Oct 17, 2006 3:21 am

Bluecube22a nice summit


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I have made many climbs up this peak the exposer makes this climb fun.
Posted Nov 20, 2011 7:28 pm

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