Peak(s):  north Twin Sister - 11,428 feet
Date Posted:  07/14/2012
Date Climbed:   07/01/2012
Author:  Rick Canter
 Sanitas and North Twin Sister  

Mt. Sanitas (6660') / North Twin Sister (11428'), July 1, 2012

Hikers: Rick Canter and his friend Dave

First report of 6 on this tour

Hi folks,

As an introduction, I am Rick Canter, a former 14erWorld member. I arrive in Colorado from Maryland every summer, usually July 4, to acclimate and hike the high peaks. I sometimes arrive off-season as well.

Last year, I had the opportunity to showcase Colorado's beauty to my friend, Bill. This year, Dave decided to come along with me. It is great to have company from back east and Dave is a strong, tireless hiker, so I knew I would have to be on my toes to keep up with him.

We arrived in Boulder on July 1 and quickly started with the Mt. Sanitas loop trail in Boulder's Open Space. This early morning hike was a nice introduction for Dave. When I asked Dave if he wanted to return the way we came, or do the longer loop, he was curious about the loop, so we did it...and I was already feeling like he might out-hike me all over Colorado.

Several distractions had hampered the early part of our tour...the Flagstaff wildfire had fouled our plans for hiking Bear Peak, which is an excellent leg-stretcher. Our original flight west had been cancelled, and we arrived in Colorado at night, 12 hours later than planned, mussing our already-tight schedule.

So instead of another lower-elevation hike in Boulder, later on July 1, we immediately went to Rocky Mtn Park to climb North Twin Sister. I had already summited the North Twin, so I knew the trailhead and route well. Dave seemed to enjoy the hiking as we cruised up through, then above, the trees.

Last time, I made the mistake of not reaching North Twin's eastern and higher peak, so arriving here was redemption. The crux at the end was a bit more Class 2-3 than I had thought, all the more reason to make it. Dave was unsure he wanted to do this final piece, but he saw me go for it and followed suit. We reached the summit at 1:25 pm and celebrated. I was impressed at how good we both felt at 11428' just 15 hours off of the plane.

Dave enjoyed the scenery, Longs of course, the other hills, the view down toward Estes. I provided some background, such as a discussion of the Big Thompson Canyon disaster of 1976.

We took full advantage of an afternoon without thunder and made it back down by 4 pm. On to higher peaks.

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