After being foiled several previous times, a hazy / smokey but otherwise sunny and hot clear day allowed myself and 5 others up the West Ridge. Super juggy, fun grippy rock that makes any exposure seem minimal given awesome hands and feet placement options. The blueberries, huckleberries, and salmon berries closer to the bottom of the ridge made for perfect snack timing on the descent.
Biked up the road. 90's era mountain bike wouldn't shift out of high gear. Ascended the west ridge. Kept a low line following cairns. Led to a long steep draw. Ended up with only one exposed class 4 (low class 5?) move to gain a notch at the west end of the summit ridge. Glissaded the north face, which turned out to be a choice glissade. Biked down. Nearly perfect conditions. Car to car in 8:20, including 0:30 at the summit.
Up the ridge. Dropped off north side on loose rock.
West Ridge - descended the North Ridge. Probably would have been more enjoyable in early season with a little more snow.
Biked/hiked in to the west ridge trail got a late start didn't hit the ridge till about 6 pm. passed a couple groups coming down none had made the summit, I was worried about losing daylight but pushed on and made the summit with the sun starting to set over the San Juans man what a view. Headed back down the ridge and reached the gravel road just as the sun disappeared behind a ridge. I biked back to my car in the dark using a headlamp man that was a blast. All in all great climb!
An excellent weather day... route finding went well and we had the summit all to ourselves!
Climbed the west ridge of the North Twin. Rapped SE from the notch below the summit to the glacier. Climbed NE ridge of South Twin and descended the west ridge. Great day with lots of fun challenges. (second successful traverse)
Due to ridiculous spring snow accumulation, conditions were just a little too sketchy to even attain the base of the ridge (even with snowshoes). Got rained on HARD for 1.5hrs+ while pushing bikes up the trail which didn't help - snowshoes helped, but eventually proved fruitless due to snow conditions (loose corn below a slippery crust - avy potential high). Couldn't imagine the west ridge being very fun cramponing up, nor backtracking on the way down due to the North Bowl being off limits with avy danger. Will check it out again in a month or two. Super fast downhill MTB on the way out made it a worthwhile trip
With Gimpilator. Fractured my left index finger 200 feet below summit when a rock was dislodged by my partner and landed just-so on my hand. Completed climb and down-climbed north ridge/face snow. Despite the injury, a very memorable climb with fantastic rock.
In-the-clouds July 4th scramble/glissade. Much fun was had by all.
I had my eye on the Twins for several years and finally got the chance to tick one off the list! I must say I was certainly not disappointed! Pushing the bike up the logging roads was a major drag but 3+ hours later the real fun began! The rock quality was superb as expected, and there were myriad route options to choose from. My group reached the summit in just under 6 hours. The downclimb was one of the best I have ever done. A nice glissade down the north face, short walk back to the bikes, and a swift ride down the logging roads. Having the bike for the descent made it more than worth it pushing the dang thing up hill for all those miles! I climbed this one with Brett and his friend Sean. Car to car in a little under 9 hours.
Ditto, good climbing with you
A wild guess on the date. As described, the rock here is amazing, so gritty that even tiny holds feel very secure. So much so, that I remember my friend and I intentionally going off-route so we'd have an excuse to use the tech gear we carried up. The loggers/mining company people can be very unpleasant on the drive in, don't know what their problem is.
Best and scariest scrambling I have ever done. Also, the absolute WORST approach EVER. We didn't have bikes so the road ate our feet. Its going to be a while before I ever do this one again. Super fun tho.
Made this climb sevral times as for the dates I don't remember but It makes a good day trip from home
West Ridge in the sunny summer. North Face in the snowy winter. Love the sisters!
Ran up Pugh the day before. Arrived at the gate to see maybe 10 cars, all just starting out as well. Even on an exposed rock nose with deadly exposure can you still feel great unroped, everytime you need a hold-it's right there. Descended the North Face with very little snow to meet up with the ridge at about 4,500' & with a bike ride like the one you get on the way back, this may be annual ordeal.
soo much fun this scrmble is!