UpSkiing In June June 12 2008

Jon UpSkiing near Independence Pass, Colorado. June 7th 2008Twining Peak reaches 13,777 feet and at least one UpSkier made it to 13,770 feet on Saturday June 7th, 2008. UpSkiing to the Summit is not usually the objective and when Kevin Passmore guided his UpSki up the final Summit pitch on Twining Peak it was just a fun photo op. The last UpSkier to ski up the final pitch was probably Bob Linneman in the late 1980's. Most of the day was spent racing up and down the south flank of Twining. Betsy Cuthbertson was skiing her "pink and blue" canopy and a picture of it made the Aspen Times on Tuesday. The Large Green Greg Dietl model which John Stanford had rebuilt last month worked well in the strong winds of the summit.   Kristie Huff got some of the best rides of the day including a 30 second ascent that just ripped.  Jon Harrington amazed the crowded trailhead parking lot by UpSkiing the more visible peak just above the top of the Pass before joining us on Twining Peak. Kevin Passmore pulled out his 6 meter kite and ripped up the flats down by the highway.