The easiest way to "claim" an FKT is to head to a peak that has no KT's. East Twin (11,330') just happend to be one of those peaks. I did hear a rumor that a speedy CO guy ran up there for an easy run, took a few wrong turns and then went 1:32 to the summit so I guess there was a known time just no known time from a "hard effort." Still feeling a little flat from Lone I was pleased with the day. 32 mins to the lake, 1:15 to the saddle, 1:24:57 to the East Summit. It will go much faster.
It was a little breezy on top so I pulled a jacket from my bag and also, without knowing, threw my car key on the ground. From there it was a casual jog back to the parking lot. On the way out I ran into Adam who was willing to keep me company so we both headed down. Once at my locked car I realized my mistake. Luckily, Adam was there to taxi me around for the next hour or so. After sorting out my mess Adam said, "you know you have to go back up there one day and find you key, right?" I told him I'd go but it wouldn't be anytime soon...
|Bad photo of the Granite Half pipe|
Later that day Jared called and said he had been thinking about a scramble from Little up to Twins via a long low angle slab of granite that headed all the way from the road to the ridge. He promised a guided trip up a "granite half pipe." Although I hadn't been too psyched to repeat a Broad's Fork ascent, this would be different. How could I say no?
|Jared guiding through the scrub oak|
|A sea of granite|
|Morning sun through the rain clouds|
|One of the three steps we ran|
|Beautiful cross country travel|
|Heading towards West Twin|
|My key, as I found it|
|Coming down East Twin to the saddle|