ahh spring time in the rockies... Good times!
Took my old climbing partner from Seattle on a traverse of Twin, Sunrise and Dromedary starting up the Robinson Variation. He though about forgiving me for moving away but still claims Utah sucks. I gave him the best I could offer for Utah. Map and pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/wasatch/broads_fork_twin_peaks/dromedary_195.htm
A great and fun climb, much better in the snow then over the loose talus. It was cold, cloudy and I was all alone, didn't see anyone else all day. It was a lot of fun.
Decided to hike the majestic twins during one of the early snow storms (first mistake) Hiked via Broads Fork till we reached pond in basin, then climbed west up steep slope to bonkers ridge. then climbed snow covered north ridge to East Summit. On the return we chose to return down a different way than we came (second mistake) and found ourselves on a ice & snow covered slab that cliffed out below us. Without crampons or ice axe we had no way to control a slide, and our efforts to navigate away from the slab didn't work. Both I and my buddy slid down the slope, but luckily neither slide resulted in injury. Walked back exhausted, still snowing.
Went up Tanners with a bunch of other SPers. Bagged Dromedary and Sunrise before traversing the ridgeline over to Broads -- summited by noon or so, then glissaded down Bonkers among the glide cracks. Great day in the mountains
One of my all time favorites! I was feeling so great on this hike. Greg had told me all about this hike and I was pumped about doing it. We only saw one other person the whole day. The hike was amazing and the glissading made for a fast and fun descent. Words will never explain my feelings for this one!
Standard Broads, Robison, Deaf Smith, Via triple traverse, Via Furgeson, Still need to to Lisa's, around 20 climbs to date.
I've climbed this mountain 5 times via a different route each time. Climb today with Lubos Pavel. We were headed up the standard Broads Fork route, but decided to break right up a small couloir about halfway up to the saddle. From there, we followed a small, rocky ridge to about 200 ft. below the East summit. Lots of sugary snow, but very nice conditions nonetheless.
May 27, 2011: Did the Triple Traverse with Joe B, and Matt V. The snow, even the avy debris, was very soft in Tanners, so the going was slow. Rather than go down Broads fork, we worked our way around the North side of Sunrise then up to the saddle between Sunrise and Dromedary and dropped into Tanners, so we did the Triple without a shuttle that way.
May 16, 2009 -- Peak Number 3 on the Triple Traverse. Did this peak as part of the Triple Traverse with a group of seven from SP. We had prime conditions.
September 6, 2008 -- Ascended up broad fork to the saddle between Sunrise and the Twins. From the saddle we hit the east twin and then the west twin.
Descended down the north ridge of the east twin (the Robinson Variation), and climbed the false twin then turned east and down to the lake.
One of my favorites, I've attempted it five times:
1: July or August 1996 - camped at bottom of Broads Fork basin, ascended via Robinson Variation, descended standard route including a fun glissade.
2: September 1997 - camped again, rained out, didn't attempt summit
3: October 9, 2002 (solo) - a bit more than a foot of recent snow, bivied at the spring, began ascent of standard route, and ended up traversing across the slabs to the top of Bonkers. Ascended the north ridge and came down the east ridge. Got off-route to the south and dangled from limber pines back to the saddle.
4: May 4, 2008 as part the WMC Triple Traverse. This was the first time I continued to the west peak.
5: June 24, 2012 with my wife and friends via Robinson variation, including west peak.
most recently with Gristle (Joe Bullough) on April 12, 2008. What a glorious day! Ask Joe about his lip.
Oh so close on this one. After a dusting of snow fell a few days before, I decided conditions might still be ample to bag this one from BCC via the standard route. It was another beautiful fall afternoon, I made good time up to the alpine cirque and started directly up the east slopes to the summit ridge. At around 400 feet below the ridge it started to get REAL sketchy with 3 inches of powder covering slick rocks. I had neither my axe nor crampons so I elected to ditch the effort about 100 feet below the ridgeline. Still an awesome time: http://photos.aleclalonde.com/main.php?g2_itemId=4584
Between following a dead-end trail and being stalked by a mountain lion, we ran out of time upon reaching the saddle. Unfortunately we turned around within view of the summit.
First attempt: Nov. 3, 2007
Snow shooed up the snowfield to the saddle. Snow was perfect for shoes. However, it was too thin at the saddle to offer good footing through the cliffband, so we didn't get onto the ridge. Next time:(
Success! Sep. 6, 2008
Beautiful day. Ascended from the east, via the saddle between the Twins and Sunrise. We descended down the north ridge, from the east twin.
Bagged both summits as part of the Cottonwood Ridge (Lisa Falls Direct).
This was a great trip, my Dad (65) grew up in the shaddow of these peaks, he had only climbed the twins from Def Smith canyon, when he was a boy. He recently (18 months) had his left knee replaced with a prosthetic knee, and he wanted to make the summit again. We had decided that we would make it a two day trip, starting Sunday morning, we would try to make the upper circ, camp overnight and try for the summit the next day. As it all turned out our plan worked. We made it to our base camp in 7 hours, from the trail head. The next morning, after 3 1/2 hours, my Dad stood on the East summit once again. Seven hours later we were back at the trail head. One of my best days in the mountains.
Another of the SP group that summited on Sept. 1 of 2007. We had good weather (a bit hot), the route was lots of fun, and it was a great group to be out with. I had big ideas of doing the Triple Traverse, but was moving slow, so I ditched out after tagging the Twins.
Climbed to both East and West Broads Fork Twin Peaks via the Robinson Variation with a group from SP. We attempted to make it to the unnamed peak between the Twins and Sunrise, but a falling rock accident (I was hit in the shoulder and ankle) caused us to turn around early just below the unnamed peak.
Very fun climb with a great group from SP. We ascended the Robinson Variation and the scrambling was excellent. We had plans to do the triple traverse while we were up there, but I didn't have the legs to do anything more than Broads. Some of the others in the group did keep going after the rest of us went down.
9-1-07 Climbed via Robinson variation and descended standard broads fork route. Took the side trip to the lower West summit. Well worth the views of the valley. Lots of scrambling and talus.
5-16-09 Climbed the east summit as part of the Tanners Gulch Triple Traverse. Descended north ridge to Robinson Couloir.