Twisp Slam with a Plot Twist / 特威斯普滿貫的大逆轉

Kodak moment on Abernathy Peak
Kodak moment on Abernathy Peak

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This trip was physically demanding for all three of us. Because we had a long first day, we got very little sleep in between climbs. But the one great thing about climbing these two peaks was that we didn’t have to backpack. Other than the beautiful views, the excellent weekend weather was the icing on the cake.

The Lowdown on Twisp Slam

Twisp Slam = Reynolds Peak + Abernathy Peak

Reynolds Peak

Getting to the head of the Reynolds Creek Basin was a chore. The forest access took much longer than I would have liked. Unfortunately, without snow coverage, we needed to bypass a large number of down trees. The shrubs and slide alder add more salt to the agonizing approach.

Finally, it took all morning to get to the snowfield below the summit block. Before the trip, I was skeptical about the USGS-labeled northwest peak being the true summit. Indeed it wasn’t. Once we were on top, I realized the northwest peak had the wrong label.

After savoring the views, we slowly made our way back down. The sun had set after we got back on the trail. Then we got back to the car in the dark.

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Abernathy Peak

Next morning, we got to Scatter Lake Trailhead bright and early. Trail junction signs were a little confusing. Interestingly, some appeared to be pointing in the wrong direction. But the approach up to Scatter Lake was straightforward.

Scatter Lake nestled at the head of the basin below Abernathy Peak. The trail ended just past the lake. So the rest of the climb was entirely on scree. Gradually, the weather became partly cloudy just as we got to the summit. But glad it wasn’t windy. The pups seemed to have burned up all their energy. So they both took a long nap after lunch.

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Outro

It was great to see peaks we summited in the past few weeks. There was the Spirit Slam and the Wish Slam. Gardner Mountains stared down at us from the north. I seriously contemplated climbing them before the end of the summer. But I wasn’t sure if it’s going to happen.

It didn’t take us long to get back down to Scatter Lake. The pups played in the water for a bit before we headed back down the mountain.

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