Ascent of South Tripyramid on 2010-12-31
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Friday, December 31, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4080 ft / 1243 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTemperature was in the 30s and snow depth was around a foot on average. Started up the Livermore X-Country ski trail then took the Tripyramid Trail counter-clockwise. A few hundred yards into this trail prior hikers had turned back and untrodden snow lay ahead. This was easy going with snow shoes of course. For the first time I saw lots of moose tracks and experienced the slightly disconcerting experience of taking a step and watching snow collapse with a 'flump' sound a dozen or so feet ahead of me.
The trail was easy to follow up to the South Slide. The slide was a strenuous and at times difficult ascent. Did not feel particularly dangerous, mostly because the ice was slushy, but it's harder than Flume Slide, in my humble opinion and I could only manage 10 steps at a time, before pausing.
At the top I did not notice the Kate Sleeper Trail to my right, though I am sure it was there. It was a little challenging finding the continuation of the Tripyramid Trail, but I made it.
In case you don't read the rest of the legs of this trip I strongly recommend you do NOT follow this route, especially if this initial part of the trip is not broken in. Instead take the Kanc and up the Pine Bend Bk Tr, bag North and Middle and head home. Seriously.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Clear|
Prtly Cloudy, 30s
| Route:||Livermore Tr, Tripyramid Tr|
| Time Up:||3 Hours 45 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Tripyramids|
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