Ascent of North Tripyramid on 2014-10-11

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Kelly Steinhaus
Ginger Stout
Grace Yeh
Christina ???
Date:Saturday, October 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Tripyramid
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4160 ft / 1267 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived at Lily pond at about 9:30AM and waited for Ginger and Christina to arrive. While waiting we chatted with a couple leaf peepers from Missouri and Minnesota. Lily pond was beautiful and alot of people stopped to take pictures, then left right away again.

We spotted my car at the pine bend trailhead and started hiking probably around 10:15 or so. The lower part of the Livermore trail is great, lots of little open areas that give you varying colors and types of vegetation. This is a pleasant change from the majority of hiking in the whites that is just enclosed in deciduous trees until you hit treeline.

The trail is pretty wide much of the way it being an old logging road; in fact, the trail shows up on the 1895 USGS map. It is a pretty easy approach hike, with just a couple sections that are a noticeable incline. Near the top of Livermore pass, there was a line of trees that had all blown over all at once and lifted a long patch of ground. Having biologists (or something along those lines) with us, Christina informed as that the sphagnum moss that was all over was a sign that the soil here was relatively anaerobic, and trees are not able to bury deep roots in anaerobic soil, thus the propensity to be blown over. Indeed the roots seemed to be amazingly shallow on these trees, especially considering the size of some of them.

A little ways down the trail, Kelly decided that the leaf cover was sufficient enough to warrant a good old fashioned rolling in the leaves

On the far side of the pass, the colors got even better, and once we got to the wide, almost intact section of Livermore road, we were in the full blown tunnel of colored leaves.

We made our way past the first trailhead, and on to the north slide trailhead right at the bend in the road.

After a short and flat jaunt through the woods, we emerged onto the North slide, and before long got our first vistas of the day.

The North slide was long and steep, and were all struggled with it a bit, but Galileo struggled the most. He broke a nail scurrying up the rocks which started to bleed. He wasn't the most adept climber, so when he got to a challenging bit, he whined pretty bad, even though none of it was really difficult for him to scurry up

We stopped for lunch near the top of the slide, in a spot where we had a nice wide view looking north. We could see all the way from Mt Tecumseh ski area, to Mt Washington in the far background

Galileo might have also bee the most tired of any of us towards the top of the slide, taking every opportunity to lay down and have a rest.

When we finally topped out on the slide and re-entered the forest, Galileo perked up, and it was an easy couple hundred feet to the wooded summit. Christina decided to chill at the summit with Galileo, while the rest of us went to the middle peak to bag it for Kelly's NH 4k list. We ran a good part of the way, but quickly tired when we started to ascend again. At the top of middle, we met a group of 4 middle age guys on a weekend backpacking trip. They looked to have packs way too big for a 1-2 night trip. They took our picture and we took their's, and we headed right back to the summit of North.

We rested a bit back on North, had a snack, watched G beg for food, then headed back down the ridge and to the Pine Bend brook trail and on to my car. On the descent, I filtered some delicious water dripping off of some moss, and Kelly skinny dipped in a waterfall while the rest of us continued ahead. Props for that, the water was really cold. Luckily that group of middle age guys wasn't right behind us...

We stopped briefly at one of the scenic areas on the Kanc on the way back towards Lincoln and got one last photo-op

We headed in to Lincoln and had dinner at the Common Man as the Woodstock Inn had an hour wait. We got really lucky and right as we walked in, a group was leaving the table in the corner, so we got to sit down right away.

The drive home was uneventful, and we got to Medford about 10:30, and Watertown about 11PM.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2115 ft / 644 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2115 ft / 644 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Livermore Trail/North Slide
    Trailhead:Lily Pond  2045 ft / 623 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Tripyramids Oct-2014

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Tripyramid2014-10-11 a
2Middle Tripyramid2014-10-11 b
3North Tripyramid2014-10-11 c

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