Ascent of Middle Tripyramid on 2010-12-31

Climber: Gary McMeekin

Date:Friday, December 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Tripyramid
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4120 ft / 1255 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Leg 1 continued along the ridge to the Middle peak. As mentioned previously, the trail was not broken in and I was the first to take this route since the most recent snowfall. At the bottom of the saddle I lost the trail and stayed right (facing the Middle peak direction) and got into a bit of a muddle. GPS showed me on the trail still, and I scouted 30 feet around col, but could not connect with the trail. I tried to bushwhack up, but could only come to a point where the pines were so thick I was forced to go left or right. It is also worth mentioning that these trails have few blazes and I did not see (or notice) any on this section. In fairness you are warned of this upon entering the Sandwich wilderness, so caveat emptor.

After about 20 mins I was getting nervous, as I did not relish going turning back and going down the South Slide (though it was definitely doable with care). I did the sensible thing and backtracked to the last certain part of the trail. After a few other attempts, noticed the trail tended left, not right. Ironically I noticed that one of my dead ends was no more that 30 feet from the trail, which starkly reminds me of the limitations of the GPS.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Tripyramid Trail
    Time:52 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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