A Virgin Cheeseburger at 8 AM and at 11,330 Feet of Elevation

August 17, 2007 at 6:02 am Leave a comment

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A trip with DR Bob Jones usually starts with confusion and a lack of organization and this was no exception. We had been planning a dawn summit of the Pfeiferhorn for a couple of weeks; he had summited the peak, there would be no route finding and we could get back down to be with the wives and babies in time. The first thing Dr BOB Jones said when he came to pick me up was “How about summiting the Twins”? Knowing Bob Jones I gave in easy, grabbed the hiking guide book, and piled into the car. Reading the book, I noticed the 4.5 mile trip to the summit but failed to recognize what 5200 feet in elevation meant at the time. One mile in from the Broads Fork trailhead, I thought to myself, this should mellow out soon…wrong. Two miles in I sat down to drink some water and weep and I thought this should mellow out in a bit…wrong. At this point, I read the guide book again and realized that it did say 5200 feet in 4.5 miles. However, we got to the end of the maintained trail and the views just kept getting better and that kept us going. We started at the trailhead at about 7:30 PM and made it to our bivouac about 3 miles in and at about 10 PM. Luckily I brought two bombers of big Full Sail beer and DR Bob Jones brought a Nalgene full of Balvenie Doublewood to sooth us to sleep. The last thing I remember BOB Jones saying is “Damn, I’m gettin’ drunk.” So maybe it wasn’t a surprise we slept through my cell phone alarm that went off at 4 in the AM. I still claim that it didn’t go off until 5 which was when we did wake up and started off for the summit. We scrambled up to the saddle between Sunrise Peak and the Twins at about 7. The view of the range across Little Cottonwood, including the Pfeiffer, White Baldy, Maybird, etc didn’t suck at that time in the morning so I recommend it. Instead of heading up the ridge which I think would have been a bit more exciting, we traversed to a couloir and headed up to the ridge crest and summit cone. We summitted the East Twin and had our delicious (and somewhat stale) cheeseburger at about 8 in the morning. Our summit cheeseburger virginity had been broken and we were ready for the descent.

Stats: East Twin (Big Cottonwood), UT; 11,330 ft
Burger: A nasty McDump cheeseburger.
Beer: Full Sail Slipknot, Full Sail Nugget
Scotch: Balvenie Doublewood
Hikers: angryjones, drbobjones

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