2011/8/20-21 – Twisp Slam / 特威斯普滿貫

Kodak moment on Abernathy Peak
Kodak moment on Abernathy Peak

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Twisp Slam = Reynolds Peak + Abernathy Peak

A physically demanding trip for all three of us, with minimal sleep between climbs. One nice thing about climbing these two peaks was that we got to car camp in between. Great weekend weather made the trip worthwhile.

Day 1 -Reynolds Peak
Getting to head of Reynolds Creek Basin was a chore and it took longer than I would have liked. Without snow coverage it was more or less a rock scramble, with a large quantity of down trees, shrubs, and alder to negotiate.

Getting to the snowfield below the summit block too all morning. All along I had been skeptical about the USGS-labeled northwest peak being the true summit. Once we were on the true summit I realized northwest peak had been mislabeled.

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

Day 2 – Abernathy Peak
Next morning we got to Scatter Lake Trailhead bright and early. Trail junction signs were a little confusing as some seemed to be pointing in the wrong directions. The rest of the way to Scatter Lake was straightforward.

Scatter Lake nestled below Abernathy Peak in the head of the basin. After leaving the trail from the lake, rest of he scramble was on scree. Weather became party cloudy just as we got to the summit but not breezy. Pups seemed to have used up the last bit of energy and both took a nap after lunch.

It was really cool to see peaks we had been on in the past few weeks. With the Gardner Mountains staring me in the face, I seriously contemplated climbing before end of summer. After getting back down to Scatter Lake, I let the pups play in the water for a bit before heading out.

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