No matter how many times one fails over the course of a lifetime, they are never a failure until they quit trying.
With that in mind, less than two weeks after being snowed out of a summit attempt on Twin Peaks, I was itching to have another go at it. A work day for Bobbie, I would be going solo. A kiss for luck and we were on our (separate) ways.
|About a mile up Old Twin Peaks Trail the "objective comes into view: Twin Peaks on the left, and Little Sister on the right.|
The Old Twin Peaks Trailhead is only a short walk from our house. OTPT is one of those supreme "Stair-Master" hikes that, in places, rides that thin line between hiking and climbing. It is a fine line that differentiates climbing from hiking. My rule of thumb is that as long as ropes stay in my backpack, it's a "hike." Obviously, this rule doesn't apply to those crazy "free climbers" who consider a rope cheating.
There was generally less snow this time, except in the one shaded, North-facing spot that's a little "sketchy" without an ice axe or rope. I retraced our same footsteps from a week ago across the avalanche shoot, careful to not mess up, you know, being "solo" this time.
After the "shoot," snow was patchy and not dangerous. I was able to stay (roughly) on the main trail. Just short of two hours, I made the main ridge line, well exposed to sun and dry as toast.
I hadn't see fresh tracks in the snow, so I was hoping to have the summit to myself. A final scramble up the ridge line, a couple of ledges, and I the summit was mine... well, me and several soaring birds.
|The nasty Twin calls for a rope...|
|The summit on the Good Twin is generous in its width|
|The Observation Deck|
|Courthouse Mountain on the left... Another hike that borders on a climb.|
|The "gap" between the Twins... Camp Bird Road in the background.|
|Mouse's Chocolates is calling...|
|Little Sister and Lovely Ouray|
|The colorful Blowout, right across from our house. The bare ridge behind the Blow Out is the Ridge to the Bridge of Heaven... another great hike, but 10 long miles round trip from home.|
|White House Mountain|
|"Little Sister," watching over Route 550 South, the Million Dollar Highway|
|Yes, as a matter of fact bears do shit in the woods...|
|As well as in our backyard!!! Cute little guy :)|