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Routes in Twin Peaks

South-Southwest Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Southeast Face T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
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Elevation: 12,461 ft
GPS: 37.928, -106.772 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Furthermore on Jul 10, 2014
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Burrowed deep in the La Garita Wilderness, Twin Peaks offers an adventurous but chossy excursion. With that in mind, this area should only be approached by choss hounds and peak-baggers. Composed of volcanic tuff, the climbing is exciting and, in a sick way, rewarding. The one thing Twin Peaks can offer is solitude.

As far as I know, the eastern summit has yet to be climbed.

History:
The southeast face of the summit tower was the first ascent line which was completed by Tom Maceyka (leader), Bob Martin, and Dave Maceyka in 1993. It is fairly impressive that Bob Martin, age 72, was able to complete the climb. The original line was a single pitch of 5.9, chossy climbing with poor protection. Also questing for 12ers, Mike Garrat made the second ascent a year later using the same 5.9 line.

At the time, before the new standard route was established, Garrat and Martin both agreed that Twin Peaks was the hardest summit over 12,000 to climb by its easiest route. The new standard route ascends up the south-southwest side of the summit tower and follows the ridge to the high point making for a “safer” and easier alternative.

Getting There

Start at the La Garita TH (N37.9387 W106.6933), and hike 3.8 miles on a well-maintained trail (Trail 866) to the saddle between Twin Peaks and Point 12,086. Leave the trail at the saddle, and hike west for another 1.2 miles to the summit tower.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Twin Peaks

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
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South-Southwest Ridge
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
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South-Southwest Ridge
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
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