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theREALCarpeDMBeautiful weather - from Willis Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2015


I had plotted a course to climb the Twin Peaks, Rinker, Blaurock, and Ervin. I had the energy, but once I got to the summit of Rinker, I could tell I wasn't going to make it up the final pitch of Blaurock's NE ridge. I still hiked most of the ridge to get a closer look. Beforehand, the only info I had was the topo plus a comment on a furthermore TR that it looked like it was class 3 (from Blaurock's summit). From my vantage point, it looked like some of the worst steep choss imaginable. I guess I should've known based on the fact that no one had a TR for that route. I gave some thought to traversing down a few hundred feet and over to the Blaurock/Ervin saddle, but in the end figured I'd just save those two for a Winfield start.
Posted Feb 3, 2016 11:55 am

ajberryNice ridge!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014


With Megan Berry. Went up the ridge more or less directly from the bridge out of the Willis TH parking lot. Long slog. Went all the way along the ridge to the head of the Big Willis Gulch valley. Trail down better than I expected: one short section has been overrun with willows.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 9:00 am

SenadRBig Willis Gulch   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2014


Via Big Willis Gulch , long approach, not much elevation gain in first 3-4 miles. Once we start hiking steep slope above Willis lake things changes rapidly.Nice hike, great views from top of Rinker Peak, as soon as we sumited storm moved in, so no Twin Peaks attempt. Nice day.
With Livingston from Mexico, Jay and Brian.
Posted Jun 23, 2014 8:13 am

MattKNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2012


The wife, pup and I. Steep start!!
Posted Nov 5, 2012 8:31 am

Matt LemkeNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2012

Matt Lemke

A dead of winter ascent up the Ne Ridge...lots and lots of deep trail breaking and a very challenging ascent but worth the effort!
Posted Feb 27, 2012 1:49 pm

chicagotransplantNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2009


Steep ascent up the NE ridge of Twin Peaks and then over to Rinker. Gains about 4000' in 3 1/4 miles! Decided to make a loop of it and descended the south slopes and back out along the Big Willis Gulch trail. The trail is becoming overgrown in places and it feels much more remote than it really is, which was a nice surprise considering how close to the highway these peaks are.
Posted Jun 15, 2009 10:05 am

altitude14erRoute Climbed: South Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2008


A very aerobic workout on this one! The final push to the saddle is extremely steep and unpleasant..made it off the summit before it began hailing and thundering for a bitter sweet descent. A soggy slog,
Posted Sep 28, 2008 12:23 am

SarahThompsonFrom Willis Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2006


Long slog up steep, grassy slopes to the Rinker - Twin Peaks saddle. Descended Twin Peaks' NE ridge.
Posted Mar 29, 2008 5:43 pm

Brian KaletNortheast Ridge (ascent). South Slopes (descent)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

Brian Kalet

7:40 roundtrip.
Posted Sep 10, 2007 12:01 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed, NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2006

Ryan Kowalski

This is one of my favorite summit views in the Sawatch. Really a spectacular and seldom visited peak. We descended all the way down the southwest ridge to Upper Willis Gulch to see the prominent mine tailings down below. The trail out of upper Willis is overgrown with willows, etc. We got dumped on with rain the whole way out and were completely soaked. Still worth it, as this is a spectacular peak.
Posted Aug 7, 2006 1:11 am

KaneRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: 7-6-2003  Sucess!


Hiked Rinker on a nice, sunny July day. Great views of Mt. Elbert and Casco Peak.
Posted Jul 10, 2003 6:17 am

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