Peak:  Twining Peak (13er)
 Route:  South slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Eph 2 5
 Date of Info:  10/31/2012
 Date Posted:  11/02/2012

I climbed Twining via Pt. 13,500 just north of the Independence Pass parking lot. Snow was mostly avoidable, except for the short traverse between the false summit of Twining and the true summit to the north (see picture #4 below). I took that area very carefully and should have put on Microspikes. There are cornices on the traverse. There was also a little snow on the north side of Pt. 13,500 that caused some very minor scrambling (see picture #3). No snowshoes are needed. Independence Pass was completely dry. Picture #2 was taken from near the summit of Pt. 13,500 looking towards Twining (a little left of center).

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

thank you
11/09/2012 04:42
your condition report was the motivation to get high one last time before the pass closed. i was looking for something new, short, close to home, and would get me above 13500 for a bit before leaving for kili in a couple of weeks. i've driven over the pass 100+ times and never really considered stopping to climb up there (admittedly having been more bent on climbing 14ers.) anyway, i had a this peak to myself today, was way more neat up there than i anticipated, plus i only saw one other set of prints up there that i am assuming were yours. there was about 80% less snow up there than your photos show. so anyway, thanks for posting and introducing me to this particular peak. you helped make my day.

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