Peak:  Rinker Peak (13er)
 Route:  NE Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Matt Lemke
 Date of Info:  02/26/2012
 Date Posted:  02/26/2012

Today a friend and I climbed Rinker Peak and Twin Peaks from CO 82. This was a 12 hour day as we had to break trail all the way to treeline and it seemed no one had ever been up there in a long time.

Anyone know when Rinker was last climbed?

Anyway, it took us 5 hours to break that steep NE ridge which we started right off the highway near Twin Lakes. 2.5 hours later we summitted after heading over Twin Peaks. To our surprise there was no wind too speak of and the sun was out all day. Actually it was very warm. 7.5 hours up, 4 hours down. Plunging down our trench we made was very entertaining!

Currently, there is now a 2-3 foot deep trench all the way up this ridge. Above treeline the class 2 and Class 2+ sections were not bad at all. Most of the area above treeline on this ridge was free of snow. We ditched the snowshoes at treeline. Too bad lots of snow will be falling tomorrow night...guess we get exclusive rights to this one hehe!

We chose to do this peak as this route is pretty safe from avy dangers and it is an important bi-centennial...a list I may eventually finish after finishing the centennials this year.

Happy climbing,

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