Ascent of South Tripyramid on 2010-12-31

Climber: Gary McMeekin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, December 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Tripyramid
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Temperature 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
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Livermore Tr, Tripyramid Tr
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Tripyramids

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Tripyramid2010-12-31 
2Middle Tripyramid2010-12-31 
3North Tripyramid2010-12-31 

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